Category: Chefs

British Food Grows Up

In the past, British food has been the butt of many jokes. But today celebrity chefs elevate cuisine throughout London and beyond. And when French chef, Joël Robuchon, who holds more Michelin stars than any other, declares that London trumps Paris for food, it’s time to investigate. Like British food, hotel food also has had a bad reputation as a place to eat–and only if you have to. That all changed when many celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs began affiliating with luxury hotels. On a recent trip I had a chance to check out some great hotel eats in both...

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Wolfgang Puck Reveals Ingredients for Luxe Living

A world-renowned master in the kitchen and a charismatic personality, Wolfgang Puck is a dynamic “chef-lebrity” who is globally revered for his combination of classic cooking techniques and the modern fusion cuisine he pioneered in his iconic restaurants all around the world. All of the accolades that have ensued are decidedly well-earned, given that he began his formal kitchen training at just fourteen years of age with the encouragement of his mother—herself a chef in the Austrian town where he was born. After honing his craft at some of the finest restaurants in France and, subsequently, in the United States,...

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Mandarin Oriental Paris: An Oriental Ode to Paris

Who’d have imagined that what was at nascence a medieval nunnery would  attain the apogee of luxe parisien, conferred the ultimate and uniquely parisian designation “Palace Parisien.” Notwithstanding, the Mandarin Oriental, a precious stone’s throw away from Place Vendôme necklaced in haute joailliers, is so discreet you could slip past it on designer-boutique-streamed Rue St Honoré. And yet, the MO has stamped itself reverberatingly on the Parisian luxury circuit Sensationalism isn’t emblematic of brand Mandarin Oriental, but the check-in at MO Paris is nothing if not sensational. “What would you like to drink?” you’re asked. Your “welcome drink” might...

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Holiday Spotlight with Chef Tim Keller

Luxe Beat Magazine was lucky to hear from acclaimed Executive Chef Tim Keller. He shares with us his views on the holidays and treats us to some of his favorite recipes. When I think of past and future holidays it’s the food that comes to mind first. I’m sorry loved ones! I love you, but I also LOVE my Mother’s Christmas cinnamon rolls and Aunt Roz’s Hanukkah Latkes. Truly the holidays are about sharing. Sharing this special time with family and friends and enjoying each other’s traditional culinary delicacies. I suggest traveling and sampling as many different holiday foods...

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Luxury and History at Quebec’s Auberge Saint-Antonine Hotel

Located on one of Quebec City’s richest archeological sites, the Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel literally sits atop centuries of history. The hotel integrates three historical buildings of the 18th and 19th century, as well as a wharf and battery structure that dates back to the end of the 17th century. Directly across from the St. Lawrence River near the port in Quebec City’s Old Town, this famous hotel has been a member of the Relais & Chateaux Association since 2005. It also boasts a CAA-AAA Four Diamond rating as well as being named one of the top hotels in the...

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Chef Damien Jones of Lydiard in Ballarat

While visiting Ballarat, I had dinner at the Lydiard Wine Bar, winner of a number of Golden Plate Awards, with Head Chef Damien Jones in the kitchen. After dinner, there was time for a brief interview, during which he shared one of his favorite recipes, salad of pomelo and prawns with lemongrass. The featured image is just one of the dishes I enjoyed at Lydiard during my visit. Maralyn: How did you get started? Damien: I always knew I wanted to be a Chef and I consider myself lucky that I when I applied for my first job (at only...

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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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