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Peruvian Chef Gastón Acurio Earns Two International Awards

Internationally acclaimed Peruvian chef, restaurateur, activist, and philanthropist, Gastón Acurio, recognized as “the chef who brought Peruvian cuisine to the world,” will be honored with two prestigious awards this month: the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and the international Eckart Witzigmann Award (ECKART) for “Innovation” with his wife, Astrid Gutsche.

Unilever Food Solutions Launches 'FairKitchens' Movement to Fight for Chef Well-Being

A movement aimed at creating ‘FairKitchens’ by driving change in the restaurant industry has been launched by Unilever Food Solutions. Through partnering with chefs across the industry such as Michael Gulotta and Kat Kinsman, founder of the Chefs with Issues forum, the ‘FairKitchens’ movement seeks to stamp out the abusive and destructive culture of the past through solutions created by chefs, for chefs.

Salt Creek Grille Taps David Fuñe as Corporate Executive Chef

Salt Creek Grille, a bi-coastal, premium casual dining concept with five iconic restaurants in California and New Jersey, has appointed David Fuñe as corporate executive chef. An 18-year industry veteran, Fuñe has served in culinary leadership roles at several of Southern California’s most outstanding restaurants, including Splashes at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, and The Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

How One Chef is Catering to the Cannabis Curious

He may be a little green in the industry, but Chris Yang is already making a name for himself in the Los Angeles dining scene. Or, more specifically, the cannabis-infused dining scene. After studying organic chemistry in college and experimenting with a career in pharmaceuticals, Yang followed his passion for food to become a self-taught cook, primarily by hosting dinner parties at home for a handful of friends.

Kei Ohdera Promoted to Chef at Oregon's Farm Spirit

Farm Spirit, a modernist vegan restaurant that has piqued worldwide interest and acclaim in Portland, Oregon, has promoted a new chef from within the organization. Aaron Adams, executive chef and owner, has moved into the role of business owner, entrepreneur and culinary mentor with Kei Ohdera, 26, now serving as chef at the restaurant.