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These Chefs are Spinning Comfort Classics Into Modern Hits

With a single bite, comfort foods bring back warm memories of dishes from our childhoods. This transportable quality is still reflected in full-service restaurants, but with a modern twist that fits the more sophisticated palates of modern-day diners.

The Big Bad Chef Preps for National Domination

Chef John Currence wants locals to feel like rock stars and rock stars to feel like locals.The James Beard award–winning chef doesn’t design menus for himself; he designs menus that are equalizers, satisfying anyone who might come in the doors.

Chef Dino Santonicola Named a Trustee by Vera Pizza Napoletana Americas

Dino Santonicola, Executive Chef and Master Pizzaiolo at Cane Rosso, was officially named a Trustee by the VPN (Vera Pizza Napoletana) Americas, the official delegation for the United States. There are only two other Trustees in the whole of the country with this designation, and Santonicola will be in charge of the South.

Paul Martin’s American Grill Names Russell Skall Director of Culinary

Paul Martin’s American Grill, the neighborhood restaurant offering classic American fare in a sophisticated and convivial setting, announced the addition of Russell Skall as Director of Culinary. Skall previously served as Executive Chef at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for the past 17 years.

Chef Mike Randolph Talks Latest St. Louis Restaurant

Chef Mike Randolph has established himself as one of the leaders of St. Louis’s booming restaurant scene. But while his two biggest hits, Público and Half & Half, are more casual, his latest venture finds Randolph returning to one of his first loves as a chef: fine-dining tasting menus.

Esther Choi's Culinary Empire Takes Shape

It’s still too early to say for certain, but Esther Choi may just have a budding restaurant group in the making. The latest addition, Ms. Yoo, is not a departure from her first concept so much as a scenic detour.

Why a Chef is Only as Good as Their Worst Line Cook

Chef Michael Lewis has cooked under chefs David Bouley, Eric Ripert, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and has worked in Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Bangkok, and Istanbul. These days, Chef Lewis is behind the menu at Miami’s KYU, a wood-fired Asian concept that he opened with business partner Steven Haigh in February 2016.

Chef Travis Milton Brings a Modern Touch to Appalachian Cuisine

Appalachian cooking is a return-to-roots approach in sourcing, including heirloom varieties of everything from beans to pork. And consumer visibility for the cuisine from the Southern Appalachian region especially has expanded outside the area and throughout the entire country.

Texas Pitmaster Named World Barbecue Food Champion

This month, chefs, pitmasters, bakers, cooks, and more from around the world, gathered for what is widely recognized as the pinnacle of food sport—the 2017 World Food Championships. The World Food Championships is the highest stakes food competition in the world.

The Cavalier Hotel Taps Elinan as Post-Remodel Executive Chef

A Virginia Beach icon since 1927, the Cavalier Hotel is about to reopen following a $75 million restoration, which will include three exciting new dining destinations. Today, the Cavalier announced the appointment of Dan Elinan as the hotel’s Executive Chef.

Culinary Institute of America Grad to Represent U.S. at Bocuse d'Or

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America will be defending the gold medal won by the United States at the 2017 Bocuse d'Or, the world's most prestigious gastronomic competition.Matthew Kirkley is head chef of Team USA 2019 after winning a cook-off last weekend in Las Vegas that mirrors the format of the Bocuse d'Or.

Sterling Hospitality CEO John C. Metz Jr. Named Alumni of the Year by Penn State

Sterling Hospitality CEO, executive chef & co-founder John C. Metz has been named Alumni of the Year by The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society.The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society and Penn State School of Hospitality Management honored Metz during the 2017 Alumni Awards Reception in conjunction with the school’s annual Alumni in the Classroom event.