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Savoring a Pop Up Izakaya performance by Katsuya Fukushima

Today’s Pop Up was with Katsuya Fukushima.  I was especially interested in this Pop Up as we are both Academie de Cuisine graduates.  I chatted a bit with him before going into the dining tent and it turns out that we also shared the Jeff Buben experience as our first chef to work for coming out of Culinary School.  373 more words

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Starchefs ICC 2012 - Back to the Future

Once again my annual pilgrimage to NYC for the Starchefs International Chefs Congress came through at the last-minute.  I was selected as a judge for the Somm Slam a few weeks before the conference and quickly made plans to get to NYC.  1,017 more words

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Michelin list of Restaurants in the Department of the Vaucluse (84)

Here is Michelin’s list of restaurants in my old stomping grounds of the Vaucluse a department that includes the town of Avignon and other cities of gastronomic interest .  33 more words

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2011 Starchefs - International Chefs Congress - Day 2

Heading out into the street on Monday had a very different feel to it than Sunday.  The city was bustling with workers.  Wherever I went on the subway, I was fighting the tide of the working masses.  1,112 more words

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2011 Starchefs - International Chef Congress - Day 1

It was hard getting up by 9am to prepare for the “Blood and Curds” Spanish Wine and Cheese seminar and the calm along 6 Ave. on a Sunday morning made it even harder to get out of the comfortable bed. 1,983 more words

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2011 Starchefs - International Chefs Congress - Amuse

Sometime in August I got an email from Starchefs to fill out their industry survey and become eligible for a drawing for a free ticket to attend this year’s Congress.  718 more words

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You say Asado...............

After many changes in direction and detail, the day of the Asador came.  It all started like this.  953 more words

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