Seattle’s dining scene, a quirky one propelled by petite-sized restaurants big on celebrating Pacific Northwest ingredients, has grown considerably since Tom Douglas opened Dahlia Lounge with wife Jackie Cross in 1989.
When one thinks of culinary innovation, it is often exciting new dishes and creative restaurant concepts that come to mind. But I believe that culinary innovation is about far more than that; it is also about having the bravery and creativity to approach daily operational challenges in new ways.
When I go out to eat, I ask the waiter if the restaurant has a creative chef. Of course, no one ever says no, so I make a simple request: Make me a dessert using only nuts, fruit, and dark chocolate, and present it in a creative way.
At 30 years old, Albert Allaham could already trade in his apron for a comfy seat in some corporate office. The head of Reserve Cut, a New York City steakhouse with projected sales of $10 million in 2016, Allaham has watched his restaurant’s profile skyrocket since opening in Manhattan’s Financial District three years ago.
A self-described storyteller whose first book, Deep Run Roots, debuted last month, Vivian Howard has made a tremendous impact on her hometown and on the restaurant industry. One of her most compelling attributes is the candor with which she discusses her work, her rise to culinary acclaim, and her impassioned perceptions of the industry’s most sacred cows.
Mark and Larkin Hammond were apart 252 days during their first year of marriage. Mark was ingrained in the corporate machine with Pepsi-Co’s restaurant division (now Yum Brands), and a frequent flier with a flourishing collection of hotel room keys.
As any good coach will tell you, training the next generation of competitors is as important as leading the teams in play. That’s one reason why Chef Chris Hastings devotes some of his time to serve on the ment’or Culinary Council and judge Young Chef competitions.
For many chefs, the opening of a first restaurant marks a sort of culinary rite of passage. For the first time, they have the ability to assert total control and speak with their own culinary voice, not that of someone else.
In the May issue, Young Yun, executive director of the ment’or BKB Foundation, discussed the foundation’s mission and its grant program, which provides educational opportunities and resources to enable young chefs in the U.
When Jonathon Sawyer won the James Beard Best Chef: Great Lakes award in 2015, the roar could be heard from Lake Erie to each end of America’s often-maligned Rust Belt. Fittingly, Sawyer prevailed in a group dominated by chefs with Chicago ties.
Robert Irvine and Jon Taffer are two of the most recognizable faces in television. Yet, despite a relationship that Taffer heartily refers to as a “love fest” between the two, the forthright hosts of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible and Spike’s Bar Rescue, respectively, have never joined forces.
Danny Meyer and his New York City-based Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) are widely recognized as leaders in the American restaurant industry. Meyer and many CIA alumni with USHG will be at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on Monday for a full day of discussions and demonstrations for students at the world’s premier culinary college.
When it comes to students with learning disabilities, how do we break through the barriers of traditional education? Think of it as a plan for the future. Many of the students who attend The Culinary Institute of America disclose certain conditions, such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, and it’s up to us to make sure they still receive the proper educational tools to thrive in this industry.
When the National Restaurant Association released its annual What’s Hot culinary forecast, it was no surprise to see locally sourced meats and seafood topping the list. For full-service operators, the farm-to-fork ethos isn’t so much a movement anymore; it’s a core reality of business practice—a way to keep pace and survive in the evolving ingredients-driven market.