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Nobuyuki Matsuhisa: Master of Japanese Cuisine

While the Food Network has made celebrities of many chefs, a select few have become legends in their own time. Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is one such chef. Born in Saitama, Japan, the future culinary wizard decided he would be a chef after his older brother took him to a sushi bar for the first time. He began his career as an apprentice in the sushi bars of Tokyo, becoming fluent in the techniques of turning raw fish into sushi and sashimi. Nobuyuki then emigrated to Lima, Peru, where he absorbed the local culture and ingredients, integrating them with his...

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Four Seasons Chef Fest on the Big Island of Hawaii

  One of the most luxe Hawaiian culinary events of the year is the annual Chef Fest Food and Wine Festival on the Big Island Hawaii. Hosted by the esteemed Executive Chef Thomas Bellec at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, this unique Hawaiian experience is from November 13 through November 16, 2019. This year the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai has partnered with The Private Suite at Los Angeles International Airport to ensure Chef Fest guests begin their luxury moment as soon as they arrive at the airport. The Private Suite provides guests with a personalized lounge including snacks, blankets...

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Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

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Best Artisan Chocolates in Beverly Hills

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet award winning pastry chef and talented chocolatier Kriss Harvey in his chocolate kitchen in the Arts District in Los Angeles. Named as one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs, Chef Kriss was formerly the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel. Looking at his arms, I noticed his tattoos told a story about his culinary journey. He trained under some of Europe’s greatest chefs, including Oriol Balaguer and Emmanuel Ryon in France, and worked in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton and the Wynn Las Vegas....

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Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Chef Nick Stellino’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

In Italy, there are two things that people value the most: family and food. So, it’s only fitting that for Mother’s Day, Italian celebrity Chef Nick Stellino, the author of 12 cookbooks and the star of ‘Storyteller in The Kitchen,’ now celebrating 25 years on the air, wants to help your readers celebrate mom this year with a few of his favorite fun, easy and tasty breakfast dishes that she is guaranteed to love. Chef Stellino has shared with us his top breakfast in bed picks, along with recipes below. I’ve included his French Toast recipe with video as...

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Cocktail Recipes for the Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on! It’s cocktail time. There is no doubt the weekend will be filled with a plethora of Mint Juleps, but why not break out of the traditional Derby cocktail mold and try something new! We have several cocktail recipes to add to your menu. Our first is courtesy of Chef Bobby Flay. He’s mixing up his signature Blood Orange Mimosa as the best boozy alternative to the traditional mint julep to enjoy while watching the races. A longtime horseracing fan and a frequent fixture at high-profile industry events such as the Kentucky Derby, Bobby...

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MacRostie Wines Help No Kid Hungry

Recently I sat down with Gillian Jeske Dodd from Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners at a Taste of the Nation LA preview dinner at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. She enlightened me about one of the evening’s sponsors, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards. This state-of-the-art winery is located on a picturesque hilltop overlooking the bucolic Russian River Valley in California. Established in 1987, Steve MacRostie Pinot-focused winery is also the home to Thale’s Vineyard, named after Steve’s wife. While pouring a glass of 2016 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, each sip offered appealing clove, brown spice and cherry aromas, with...

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Denmark Wins the Bocuse d’Or 2019

As many of you know, I’ve attended and followed Bocuse d’Or for a decade. It is everything you would expect and more in a true “Olympics of Chefs and Fine Dining.” Norway and Sweden have been in the winners circle at least since 2009. It is wonderful to see Denmark join this year by earning the gold. Because the press release is so well written, we are including it to give you a sense of the excitement that is generated and view the various competition plates. I want to thank again French Master Chef Herve Laurent for introducing me...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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