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Ten Fun Facts About Chef Nancy Silverton

Recently I had lunch with James Beard Award winner Nancy Silverton at her Chi Spacca restaurant on Melrose. It was an informative afternoon that also included Cheryl Forberg, the nutritionist for the popular television show, The Biggest Loser in a promotion with the American Pistachio Growers. I learned a lot about celebrity chef Silverton and pistachios as I sipped a flute of Prosecco and nibbled on falafel with pistachios, bacon terrine with pistachios and a pizza with pistachios, red onion, Castelvetrano olives, thyme and fennel pollen. Silverton offered a cooking demonstration on how to make two salads: a market...

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Luxe Beat Magazine’s Favorite Chefs

At Luxe Beat, one of our favorite things is luxurious dining. However, these beautiful and delicious foods would not be possible without the talent and skills of their fabulous chefs! Take a look at some of our favorite chefs below. 1. Rafael De Freitas “In the early years, Chef De Freitas spent many hours learning to bake varieties of breads in a Portuguese bakery and then taught himself to make cakes. He loved the artistry of creating each item so much so that he eagerly taught others the secrets to baking while living in Mozambique. Baking had definitely become his passion.” -M’Liss...

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Big Island Italian Style

Move over poi and luau pig on the Island of Hawaii, Pueo’s Osteria Italian restaurant is on the radar more than the spouting volcano. Neatly tucked away in an older Hawaiian style courtyard, the eatery evokes the feeling of being in Tuscany. Reminiscent of a villa, with soft yellows, muted green stone wall and an archway shaped like a wine cellar, it’s an inviting Italian atmosphere without Americanized Italian music in the background. I introduced myself to Chef James Babian who welcomed me before the restaurant opened for dinner. Like the final rehearsal at the symphony, the kitchen was...

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Couples Getaway: Four Seasons Westlake Village

  When you and your significant other want to get away for a one-night respite to relax, enjoy a wonderful meal and sleep in without an alarm clock waking you up, stay at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. It’s an ideal overnight or weekend holiday destination. The luxury hotel is formal, yet friendly and comfortable. There is a top-notch spa and one-of-a-kind wellness center. The pool is inviting for a swim or for lounging with a favorite book. Best of all the new Executive Chef Jesse Hansen is creating award-winning dishes and special Chef Table dinners for guests.  ...

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Quintessential Québec

Story by Mary Haban,  Photos by Dale Sanders “Everyday is a fashion show and the world is the runway.” — Coco Chanel Looking our absolute best. For most of us, it doesn’t come without a good amount of effort. From making sure that favorite suit is perfectly pressed, to having shoes impeccably shined, no detail, however small it may seem, goes overlooked. In tourism circles, the same holds true. And no one wears it better than Québec City. Runway Ready If the streets that lined this fashion-forward city were runways, they’d be dressed in Dior and smell of Chanel....

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Corporate Executive Chef Timothy Connan Keller, a Northwest Gem

When I was fortunate enough to meet Chef Tim Keller for the first time was Fall of 2008 in Ashland, Oregon. Tim was the Executive Chef at the Carriage House. As an appetizer that evening, we tried his onion rings that were dipped in a polenta batter and fried fast, hot and crispy, yet sweet inside. They were served with his tamarind catsup on the side, which was just the right combination of spices. The next day, we interviewed him and it was like a stand up comedy act. Then we got to see him in action preparing duck...

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Chef Grzegorz Odalak: The Magician Chef Michelin Missed?

Each time I’m embarking on a voyage, Chef Grzegor Odalak of the Park Hyatt Chennai calls. “We’re doing something new. It is very nice. You must come.” I cannot refuse the most creative executive chef of all my travels. Problem is, this “something” he’s doing, it transpires, is a volley of glamorous gourmet events, each miss-me-not, which detain me endlessly. For instance, over a fortnight, Chef Grzeg or Chef G, as he’s fondly known, orchestrated a week-long festival Masters of Food & Wine, swiftly succeeded by a chi-chi Brunello Wine Dinner, a wacky Whisky Paired Dinner and, the apotheosis of...

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Executive Chef Kerry Heffernan

Times have changed in Ireland, the U.S. and New York. The Irish started immigrating to the U. S. in the 1800s. Because they were fleeing poverty and hunger, they came as laborers and service staff, migrating across the country. People used to say, “The Irish focus on potatoes.” Well, that is not true today. Whether you are experiencing an Irish chef or in an Irish restaurant, you will enjoy some fine fare. When asking about a well-known Irish chef, many New Yorkers will think of Bobby Flay and his famous Mesa Grill NYC; Bar American burger places in Garden...

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Vienna Introduces New Restaurants for 2015 Restaurant Week

Vienna introduces new restaurants for 2015 restaurant week. A new restaurant for a top chef, a crossover store for a luxury sparkling wine brand and high-end patisserie, a bastion of traditional Viennese dining culture – and that’s just for starters. There’s never a dull moment on the Austrian capital’s restaurant scene. One of Austria’s best chefs launched his own restaurant in January 2015. Christian Petz, whose career highlights include cooking up a storm as chef de cuisine at the Meinl am Graben restaurant, helping the Palais Coburg Wien on its way to a Michelin star and providing the creative...

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Houston Culinary Scene

Austin may be quirky and Dallas may have the Cowboys, but Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, is the culinary capital of Texas.  As a hub of oil and gas, international business dominates the city, and with a whopping 90 plus languages peppering the dialect, it’s safe to say whatever type of ethnic cuisine you desire can be found in the snarled maze of the city’s notorious 12-lane mega highways. There is a dizzying array of award-winning chefs and restaurants that one could highlight in Houston, but I decide to focus on something old and something new....

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