October 13, 2010 |
May the best shrimp win. That was the goal Wednesday when men's and women's basketball coaches from the Big West Conference got together at the ESPN Zone in Anaheim and attempted their best Top Chef impersonations. The only requirement was that the meal had to include shrimp, and a panel of four judges ? one an actual Superior Court judge ?declared Cal State Northridge's team of men's Coach Bobby Braswell and first-year women's Coach Jason Flowers winner of the second Big West Southern California Basketball Coaches Cooking Challenge.
February 4, 2013 |
Kuniko Yagi is the executive chef of the newly opened Century City restaurant Hinoki & the Bird, focusing on the flavors of Japan and Southeast Asia. Yagi's from Maebashi City, Japan, and though she has no formal culinary training, she landed a job in the kitchen at David Myers' Sona after moving to Los Angeles. She most recently was executive chef at Myers' Comme Ca and appears on this season's “Top Chef.” What's coming up next on your menu? I'm thinking of a pasta dish, but not an Italian dish, rather something more our style here at Hinoki & the Bird, like handmade buckwheat pasta with duck confited in Asian spices.
September 30, 2010 |
Before the Bravo network ever dreamed up "Top Chef," Tom Colicchio, the show's head judge, already had a remarkable career. He was chef and partner at New York's Gramercy Tavern in the mid-'90s, then in 2001 opened his own restaurant, Craft, a block away, holding down both kitchens for a while. Craft was followed by Craftsteak, Craftbar and the cleverly named sandwich spot 'Wichcraft. Soon he was opening versions in Atlanta, Dallas and Vegas and more. Then came "Top Chef" in 2006, making Colicchio one of the most recognizable chefs in the country.
July 27, 2010 |
Gordon Ramsay, the foul-mouthed, short-tempered and yet still somehow lovable English chef, restaurateur and television star, whom Fox will apparently exploit until there is no cut of him left unused, raises his tousled head yet again in "MasterChef," which may be easily and completely described as "American Idol" with food, or "Top Chef" with amateurs. There are no great claims to be made for this series, the American franchise of a format already popular in Australia and the U.K. and more than a hundred other countries.
September 15, 2010
SERIES Survivor: Nicaragua: Two tribes of 10 — one made up of players 40 and older, the other 30 and younger — try to outwit, outplay and outlast their rivals in a series of challenges (8 p.m. CBS). America's Got Talent: Special guest stars perform; the winner is announced on the season finale (8 p.m. NBC). MasterChef: Gordon Ramsay has shepherded this group of amateur chefs in their quest to become a culinary master, and in tonight's season finale the winner is announced (8 p.m. Fox)
April 9, 2008 |
HAS all that is "Top Chef" been distilled into a single cookbook? Apparently so. The eliminations, the winning dishes, the biting comments from Anthony Bourdain -- the hairstyles.
June 12, 2002 |
"I want to be the Mexican Wolfgang Puck. That is my goal," says Martin San Roman. This 40-year-old Tijuana chef has already bested Puck in one respect--he owns 120 red Ferraris. These are miniatures, to be sure, but San Roman's ambitions, and his credits, are not. His restaurant, Rincon San Roman, is in the forefront of the thriving new food scene in Tijuana. And his intriguing Baja-French-Mexican cuisine has drawn international attention. Today he will cook for Mexico's President Vicente Fox.