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December 4, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS and LORI HAYCOX
Student chefs from Orange Coast College won 11 medals at the recent Orange Empire Chefs Culinary Arts Salon at the Sutton Place Hotel in Irvine. After preparing a platter for two, dinner for four, a three-course luncheon and a seven-course meal, student chef Brian Wang of Costa Mesa was awarded the prize for Best of Show. OCC students also placed in contests for cold food buffet, hot food, pastry and individual plates.
Joseph Messina, a 16-year-old Sun Valley teenager with a troubled past, walked into a kitchen in Atlanta for a national cooking competition with little more under his belt than youthful determination. By the time the bread crumbs had settled, he emerged with a $30,000 scholarship to pursue his dream of becoming a professional chef after he completes a drug rehabilitation program.
February 3, 2000 | GREG HERNANDEZ, Greg Hernandez covers the restaurant industry for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5989 and at
George Poston, the executive chef at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant in Costa Mesa, is on a mission to teach youngsters how to cook, especially those who might have to fend for themselves if their parents are working late. Poston said he was a latchkey kid who learned to cook for himself at a young age. Now he provides cooking demonstrations at his restaurant and during visits to local classrooms.
June 29, 1989 | NANCY BYAL, Food Editor, Better Homes and Gardens
This dictionary of French food terms will help you decipher a French menu or cookbook. And because French cooking is the basis of many other recipes, it will help you on many other occasions too. -- Amandine (a men deen)--Made with almonds. -- Au Poivre (o pwav)--Seasoned liberally with peppercorns. -- Blanquette (blawn ket)--An egg-yolk-thickened cream sauce. -- Boeuf (boef)--Beef. -- Bourguignon (boor gee nyon)--A stew of beef braised in red wine with onions and mushrooms.
April 1, 1993 | PAT GERBER, Pat Gerber is a member of The Times Orange County Edition staff.
If fantasies of life as a professional chef raise your heart rate, but tuition costs for the Cordon Bleu or La Varenne bring it down again, you might consider a home-grown alternative. The Culinary Arts/Cook Apprentice program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa offers a range of classes that would please both the dilettante and the professional.
The way these people talk about chili, you'd think they were sampling fine wine or aged cheese. But these connoisseurs at a statewide chili cook-off wore blue jeans, T-shirts and bikinis as they sniffed and savored the meaty varieties of chili concocted in booths fashioned like medieval castles and jungle hide-outs. Kent Wilks' face wrinkled in concentration as he spooned in some chili from a paper cup. "It's too thick," the 22-year-old Newport Beach resident said. "It's good chili.
January 26, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM
The weapons were high-speed mixers, Cuisinarts and spatulas. The mission was to whip up the most exotic haute cuisine this side of Wolfgang Puck. The location:Tustin Marine Corps Air Station. A Marine mess hall? The address on the press release wasn't a mistake. On Thursday, 42 cooks from Marine bases at Tustin, El Toro and Camp Pendleton were applying the crowning touches to culinary creations that would tickle the palate of any five-star restaurant regular.
October 8, 2008 | Russ Parsons and Amy Scattergood, Times Staff Writers
VALUE IS a relative concept. Just ask the folks at Lehman Brothers. But when it comes to ingredients and kitchen tools that beckon to the enthusiastic home cook, it's important to the bottom line -- in this case, a great meal -- to take a look at what's really worth your hard-earned cash -- and what isn't. We scrutinized our kitchens and the merchandise. Our thumbs-up, thumbs-down verdicts on a couple of dozen popular or hyped cooking items follow. No apologies -- we're opinionated.
December 6, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
Those who crowded into a Redondo Beach restaurant could scarcely believe what 7-year-old Jack Witherspoon cooked up Wednesday night. There were hors d'oeuvres such as mushrooms stuffed with spinach and three cheeses. A spinach ravioli appetizer with wild mushrooms, sherry and pecorino. A salad made with his own sun-dried tomato ranch dressing.
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