Category: Chefs

Three-Michelin Star Chef Massimo Bottura Partners with Palace Resorts

Palace Resorts, the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – proudly announces a joint partnership with world-renowned Chef Massimo Bottura to bring The Osteria Francescana Experience to the Mexican Caribbean. Known as one of the Top 50 Chefs in the world, Massimo Bottura will bring his culinary talents to Moon Palace Cancun for only two exclusive nights, on August 18th and 19th2018. Proceeds from this upscale dining experience, in partnership with the Palace Foundation, will go to Food for Soul, Massimo Bottura’s non-profit organization that creates and sustains community kitchens around the world to raise awareness on the issues of food waste and social...

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Slimming Down for Spring with Chef Richard Ingraham

Chef Richard Ingraham, private chef to actress Gabrielle Union and NBA veteran Dwyane Wade. He is focusing on developing delicious, flavorful recipes that help his celebrity clientele reach their peak performance. His cookbook is Eating Well to Win  and readers will be surprised to find that Chef Richard’s take on some traditional dishes are on the healthier side. Chef Ingraham has shared with us recipes for Garlic Shrimp in a White Bean Ragu, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Carrot Cake Trifle with Walnut Quinoa Brittle. Some lighter fare that won’t weigh you down before or after hitting the gym! Garlic...

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Celebrity-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail Recipes

Instead of sipping the traditional stout or Irish Car Bomb on March 17, why not mix up a festive libation that’s unique and unexpected? This year, raise a glass, shake your shamrock and toast “Erin go Bragh” with celebrity-inspired cocktails with spirits such as Cruzan Rum, Laphroaig Scotch Whisky, Midori Melon Liqueur, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek. Cruzan® Strapped Stout Ingredients: 1 ½ parts Cruzan® Black Strap Rum 1 bottle of Chocolate or coffee stout beer Method: Combine ingredients in a pint glass. Stir gently.   Luck of Laphroaig® Created by Tyson Buhler (New York, NY) Ingredients 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig® Select 1/4 part...

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The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2018 International Chef Showcase Series

The Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau Kicks off the “2018 International Chef Showcase Series With Vicky Cheng of VEA Restaurant and Tam Kwok Fung of Jade Dragon” The MICHELIN guide Hong Kong Macau Dining Series has embarked 2018 with a new format of its annual International Chef Showcase(ICS). A much-anticipated line up of unique four-hands culinary collaborations will be in store for gourmet and fine wine aficionados, and kicking off this year’s ICS in March will be two of the most sought-after culinary stars in the region – Hong Kong born Chef Vicky Cheng from one-MICHELIN-starred VEA Restaurant & Lounge of Hong Kong, and veteran Cantonese chef Tam Kwong Fung from two-MICHELIN-starred Jade Dragon at...

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Sex, Food & Rock N Roll With Chef Giovannina Bellino

We sat down with Giovannina Bellino, the creator of the Flavor Bombs, cook and personality extraordinaire to discuss inspiration, cooking and more. What do you do? I produce and sell a food product called flavorbombs and I am a cookbook author; Cooking With Flavor Bombs. I have a website and blog called Sex~Food~Rock & Roll because these are important topics to most people and it puts a smile on our faces. How did you get into your profession?  I LOVE cooking for my family and always tried to streamline the process. I’m a vegetable gardener and I made pesto and soffritto...

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Chef Isaac Rios, Fit and Healthy

Chef Isaac Rios’ recipe for The Lean Bowl is below. When I joined Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa, I had no idea that The Lakeview Café would offer much beyond smoothies and snacks and have an exceptional chef like Isaac Rios. I was so impressed with the menu he has created with his team incorporating healthy and flavorful ingredients along with outstanding presentations; I knew I wanted to interview him. In addition to the breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections, The Lakeview Café offers catering services and does special events that sell-out and are member favorites. Isaac was fun...

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Chef Ivan Flowers, Passion, Flavor & Knowledge

Ivan’s recipe for Crispy Skin Pan Seared Salmon below. During the late 90s, I had the pleasure of meeting Ivan Flowers when he was the Executive Chef at A Different Point of View in Phoenix. The meal was so memorable, that when my longtime friend Brenda Hill and I decided to write our first book, Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel, I knew I wanted to include Ivan. He provided us with two delicious recipes at the time. Since then, I have followed Ivan from Sedona and then on to California. Now, Chef Ivan Flowers is bringing his...

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USA Wins the 30th Bocuse d’Or

Thirty years ago in 1987, Paul Bocuse created what is considered to be the most prestigious cooking competition in the world. There are twenty-four countries that are fortunate to make it to participate in the grand finale of the Bocuse d’Or, which is at the heart of the Sirha trade exhibition. These young chefs are some of the most promising in the world and experiencing two days of intense competition. They had to first earn their qualifications via various continental events (Bocuse d’Or Europe, Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific and Bocuse d’Or Latin America), individual qualifications, or attributed one of...

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Mario Batali Prepares an Elegant State Dinner

Recently Mario Batali cooked the final state dinner for President Barak Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy, and his wife, Agnese Landini. Michelle Obama is a huge fan of the celebrity chef who cooks within an Italian tradition and then makes it his own. She requested that Mario  prepare a special meal to wrap up the Obama era at the White House. At a Pasadena book signing of his new book Mario Batali: BIG American Cookbook, the chef shared his recent White House experience with Food Editor and Columnist Russ Parsons. While sitting in the...

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Eating Bugs, the Next Food Frontier

Food trends come and go, but who would have predicted the rise in popularity of eating bugs.  Buggin’ Out, a new online series documents Don Peavy (ChefPV) his obsession with turning insect delicacies into the norm. Buggin’ Out debuted on Facebook and YouTube, the series focuses on entomophagy (the practice of eating insects) for the sake of sustainability, nutrition, and as a solution to hunger issues globally. Inspired by the highly praised 2013 book Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security, which was commissioned by the  United Nations, ChefPV has become passionate about entomophagy as a vehicle for worldwide food sustainability....

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Discovering KOA: Iron Chef Food in a Manhattan setting

One of the many things I love about New York City is the sense of discovery I feel whenever I “find” a street I haven’t traveled, a pocket park or a new hotel. While those places may have been seen and enjoyed by countless others before me, I always have a “Eureka” moment when I discover a really special restaurant. And that was how I felt when I had dinner with my daughter at KOA in the Flatiron district. I had been invited by the restaurant’s public relations representative to review KOA’s modern Chinese/Japanese fusion dishes and their healthier...

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Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy

You’ll not find Sam Zien, known as “Sam the Cooking Guy,” cooking in a restaurant or local pub. Instead, you are more apt to discover him when flipping through the channels on TV. This fourteen-time Emmy winner is a firm believer in “food that is big in taste and small in effort.” He’s the guy who shows you the easy way to cook and who provides tips. Unlike the majority of chefs I’ve interviewed, Sam did not know at an early age that he wanted to cook. As you read my interview with him, you may be surprised at...

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