Interviews

The Desperate and the Insane: 3 Reasons Why Chefs are a Dying Breed – 1

We live in the age of the Celebrity Chef. Portraits of the crisp white jacket and dental-advertisement smile assail us at every turn. Bookstore shelves heave under the voguish glut of cookbooks, the covers gleaming with photo-shopped images of a foodies wet dream. Sexed-up dishes artfully manipulated by food stylists defy the imperfect genius of …

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The Desperate and the Insane: 3 Reasons Why Chefs are a Dying Breed – 2

2. Clash of the Generations Marco Pierre White, the first British chef (and youngest chef anywhere) to win three Michelin stars, is considered by many to be the first modern-day culinary idol. Labelled by the press in the late-1980s as the “enfant terrible of haute cuisine” and the “anarchic Byron of the backburner,” he trained in …

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Prague’s Communist Cookbook That Defined Cuisine

IN THE NEWLY INDEPENDENT CZECH Republic of the 1990s, cheap comfort food—such as goulash, pork knuckle, and dumplings—dominated every eatery. Meanwhile vegetarians were encouraged to feast on fried cheese and stewed cabbage. (The late Anthony Bourdain famously called it “the land vegetables forgot” in an episode of his travel show No Reservations.) For the most part, tourists …

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The RMS Olympic Dining Room

This restaurant was removed from the famed sister ship of the Titanic and placed within a hotel. The RMS Olympic was one of two sister ships—along with the HMHS Britannic—to the ill-fated RMS Titanic. She was the first of the three to launch in 1910 and soon went into service in the First World War, remaining in service until …

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Joël Robuchon’s Legacy

On August 3, 2005, at 9:57 a.m., with the summer sun high in the sky, I walked through the front door of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, my knife kit slung over my right shoulder. I approached the first person I saw — a lanky young man in a chefs’ coat, peering …

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Cheat Sheet to Roman Food

There’s Italian food, and then there’s cucina Romana   The cuisine we think of today as distinctly Roman is the result of millennia of converging influences, from the pastoral traditions of the surrounding countryside to Rome’s Jewish community, the oldest in Europe. Despite — or because of — Rome’s eternal boom-and-bust cycle of opulence, the …

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National Burger Day

Former Rolling Stones chef wins this year’s Best Burger in Ireland award. The burger king: Chris Telford uses a mixture of chuck, short rib and brisket for his patties Did you know that the perfect way to eat a burger is upside down? That’s just one of the tips I pick up during my talk …

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Los Angeles’ top chefs offer secret tips, tools and techniques that they use for their own backyard barbecues.

Nancy Silverton, Jon & Vinny, David Chang and More Showbiz Chefs Reveal Pro Tips for Grilling Almost Anything Curtis Stone Assorted Meats JUSTIN COIT Tip Buy the right meat for your grill, says the owner of Hollywood butcher shop Gwen. “If you have a Big Green Egg or good kettle grill, something that cooks slow and …

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