On my last day in the City, I decided to head downtown and catch the farmer’s market in Union Square. I was blown away by the quality of the produce. It reminded me of France and it gave me hope for the direction of food in our country. Great cooking is mostly about great product and this is on par. (more…)
After Katsuya’s Pop Up, I watched the last few minutes of Jordan Khan decorating a tree limb with food elements on the main stage while being accompanied by a five string ensemble. Very bizarre and yet totally mesmerizing. (more…)
Today’s Pop Up was with Katsuya Fukushima. I was especially interested in this Pop Up as we are both Academie de Cuisine graduates. I chatted a bit with him before going into the dining tent and it turns out that we also shared the Jeff Buben experience as our first chef to work for coming out of Culinary School. (more…)
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New to the ICC line up this year were pop ups and food carts. I signed up for two pop ups and the first one featured Jordan Khan. Jordan made quite an impression on the audience the first time he came to the ICC two years ago. (more…)
Once again my annual pilgrimage to NYC for the Starchefs International Chefs Congress came through at the last-minute. I was selected as a judge for the Somm Slam a few weeks before the conference and quickly made plans to get to NYC. (more…)
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Here is Michelin’s list of restaurants in my old stomping grounds of the Vaucluse a department that includes the town of Avignon and other cities of gastronomic interest . Click on the link below to see the PDF with all the listings. It was shocking to see that la Mirande lost its one Star status.
This morning we were able to catch up on sleep as I wasn’t expected to be at the Congress until 12:30pm. We took the opportunity to head down to ground zero. (more…)
Heading out into the street on Monday had a very different feel to it than Sunday. The city was bustling with workers. Wherever I went on the subway, I was fighting the tide of the working masses. (more…)
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It was hard getting up by 9am to prepare for the “Blood and Curds” Spanish Wine and Cheese seminar and the calm along 6 Ave. on a Sunday morning made it even harder to get out of the comfortable bed.
In previous years at the ICC the lines to get in were overwhelming and the registration seemed disorganized. (more…)
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