When I first met Miami chef Michael Schwartz, he was busy manning the kitchen during a Cayman Cookout dinner this past January. Knee-deep in the fast-paced hubbub of Chef Dean Max’s restaurant, The Brasserie, Schwartz was calm, cool, and collected as plates flew by on the prep table.
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What I love about the James Beard Foundation Awards is this – anyone can win….
Where does one even begin when writing about Anthony Bourdain? A chef whose fame has had more to do with sharp wit than kitchen skill, he is outspoken, unapologetic, and controversial.
Even with applause and accolade, Chef Eric Ripert has kept his culinary kingdom rather manageable. With restaurants in only a handful of cities across the East Coast – D.C.’s Westend Bistro, Philly’s 10 Arts, and Blue on Grand Cayman Island…
In a year of restaurant failures and falls, few have maintained their steady climb to greatness. Offering a unique dining experience with spectacular food and service, New York’s Hill Country Barbeque Market is one of those few who have continued their ascension without interruption.
Strolling into a West Seattle restaurant on a dreary November afternoon, David Chang himself enters nearly unnoticed. Revered in writeups and showered with food awards, he remains a humble cook, without entourage, without fanfare, and in a friendly state. All despite his culinary rock star status.
British culinary king Jamie Oliver is one of the few television chefs I really enjoy. With his down-to-earth demeanor, the Naked Chef has set himself apart from many of the pompous personalities in the food world today.
Foodies in the Pacific Northwest know Chef Tom Douglas. Recognized for all of his delicious Seattle-area restaurants (and corresponding cookbooks), the James Beard Award winner is also involved in local events like Teatro ZinZanni and Bumbershoot, as well as a weekly radio show with “Chef in the Hat” Thierry Rautureau.
Owner of CCOF-certified Jacobsen Orchards and Yountville Seeds, Dr. Peter Jacobsen has been providing organic food stuffs exclusively for Chef Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry for the past eight years.
How much do I love Chef Ming Tsai? Just a little. The good looks? The great sense of humor? The love of all things in an Asian kitchen? I like it all.
You may recognize her from her win on this season’s Top Chef, but Chef Stephanie Izard has been cultivating culinary success since her early years.