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A Day in the Life of a Chef

  • My favorite holiday pastime; Gingerbread Houses!

    My favorite holiday pastime; Gingerbread Houses!

    I love the food of the holidays! Roasted turkey, glazed ham, standing rib roast, all those awesome sides, you name it! Aside from cooking and eating all those wonderful things, I find a lot of pleasure in building gingerbread houses. The planning, th…
    - 27 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • My deck garden and it's lessons...

    My deck garden and it's lessons...

    Growing up, my great grandmother always had a garden. It was the first time I was really exposed to the amazing flavors of food grown just a few feet from the house. She'd pull these huge cabbages, some carrots and a couple onions out of there and tu…
    - 3 Oct 14, 4:18pm -
  • ACE apprenticeship; journey to behind the scenes of certification...

    ACE apprenticeship; journey to behind the scenes of certification...

         As with anything we have passion for, we have to keep moving forward, honing our craft to stay sharp and relevant. As a Certified Executive Chef, it is my career obligation to stay focused and get better at what I do. Doing the same thing an…
    - 10 Aug 14, 1:21pm -
  • My guest chef appearence at Merrimack College, Andover, Massachuesetts

    My guest chef appearence at Merrimack College, Andover, Massachuesetts

         A few months ago, I was asked to do a guest chef presentation as part of the interview process for my "big promotion" with the food service company I work for. At the time it was a "big secret" as no one was aware that I was about to be joini…
    - 10 Aug 14, 12:06pm -
  • Transitioning to a new chapter in my career, an Independant School Reflection...

    Transitioning to a new chapter in my career, an Independant School Reflection...

    Just about three years ago, as few of you may know, I moved back to New Hampshire from a long visit to North Carolina. The people, places and things I saw and had the privilege to take part in were life-changing. I met some amazing people and ate so…
    - 4 Jul 14, 4:15pm -
  • Went to the airport and a 500 person wedding broke out!?

    Went to the airport and a 500 person wedding broke out!?

         In this insane world of chef-dom (is that a word?), we offer ourselves up whenever we can to those in need of our assistance. Cooking, for me, is more than just showing up and feeding the beast and going home. Cooking, in my mind, is more tha…
    - 20 May 14, 8:46pm -
  • 2014 Epicurean Dinner for my Local ACF Chapter, this stuff never gets old!!

    2014 Epicurean Dinner for my Local ACF Chapter, this stuff never gets old!!

         OK, many of you already know I'm crazy about food and this industry I've devoted my life to. I've seen and done so many amazing things throughout the years; from washing dishes at the local diner to opening cans of pudding for a temp-service…
    - 20 May 14, 5:05pm -
  • You have to give it away to keep it!?

    You have to give it away to keep it!?

    I really love teaching. As far as the things that get me out of bed in the morning is concerned, it's third only to cooking and eating. I'm not sure where this love came from originally. Maybe it's just that I feel sharing how our food is made is rea…
    - 20 Apr 14, 8:10pm -
  • Back in the competition saddle after three long years...

    Back in the competition saddle after three long years...

    Besides feeding people that love your food, one of the most rewarding things one can do as a professional chef is to partake in an American Culinary Federation (ACF) cooking competition. Days or even weeks of preparing yourself mentally, hours and ho…
    - 20 Jan 14, 5:22pm -
  • Chef Symposium 2013; My Misty Knoll Poultry Demo

    Chef Symposium 2013; My Misty Knoll Poultry Demo

    Recently, I was asked to do a demonstration on local and sustainable poultry from Misty Knoll Farms in Vermont. One of the owners, Rob Litch, an expert on raising sustainable poultry, and I opened up the all-day symposium held at Southern New Hampsh…
    - 23 Dec 13, 8:56pm -

All Top Chef

  • Top Chef Masters Season Five Competitors Announced!

    Top Chef Masters Season Five Competitors Announced!

    There will be a Top Chef Masters season 5 and the competitors have been announced:David Burke (David Burke Townhouse, NYC)Douglas Keane (formerly of Cyrus, Healdsburg, CA)Sue Zemanick (Gautreau's, New Orleans)Richard Sandoval (Richard Sandoval Restau…
    - 5 Jun 13, 3:41pm -
  • Top Chef New Orleans!

    Top Chef New Orleans!

    Bravo has confirmed that season 11 of Top Chef will be filmed in New Orleans! So...another season of sweaty, humid torture for the cheftestants.Will you be watching?Posted on AllTopChef.com
    - 10 May 13, 3:51pm -
  • US News Talks to Top Chefs About Healthy Eating

    US News Talks to Top Chefs About Healthy Eating

    Posted on AllTopChef.com
    - 9 Apr 13, 9:30am -
  • Top Chef Pig Roast

    Top Chef Pig Roast

    Several former Top Cheftestants are participating in an event for Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry. Nyesha Arrington's Pig Roast will be held on April 28th, 2013, at Wilshire Restaurant, 2454 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica, CA from 1-4pm.Guest chefs…
    - 29 Mar 13, 1:39pm -
  • Padma Lakshmi Talk Show

    Padma Lakshmi Talk Show

    This was in the mailbox this morning. I'm assuming Padma is on Anderson Cooper's show tomorrow." Come be part of the audience for a “Talk Show” with a Top Chef star Padma Lakshmi on Friday, March 15th. Please email us tickets@andersoncooper.com.…
    - 14 Mar 13, 8:12am -
  • Recap Roundup - Top Chef Seattle Finale Part Two

    Recap Roundup - Top Chef Seattle Finale Part Two

    A Just Recompense on like the Super Bowl, but not: "Now we find out: each round will be voted immediately, and the first chef to win three rounds will win Top Chef. Sort of like the Super Bowl. For each round, first chef to win three votes wins the r…
    - 5 Mar 13, 8:00am -
  • All Top Chef Interview with Kristen Kish

    All Top Chef Interview with Kristen Kish

    Top Chef Seattle Champion, Kristen Kish, talks about her experience on the show.A highlight:  ATC:  I felt like last night's episode went by very quickly.  Did you watch?KK:  Yes.  I felt like there were a lot of details that were not shown on t…
    - 1 Mar 13, 4:00am -
  • All Top Chef Interview with Brooke Williamson

    All Top Chef Interview with Brooke Williamson

    Top Chef Seattle finalist, Brooke Williamson talks about her experience on the show.A highlight:  ATC:  Do you think it was harder to fight your way through all of the challenges, or to fight back in Last Chance Kitchen?BW:  That's a good question…
    - 1 Mar 13, 3:30am -
  • Reactions to Top Chef Seattle Finale Part Two

    Reactions to Top Chef Seattle Finale Part Two

    It looked like Top Chef became Iron Chef when the two finalists, Brooke and Kristen, went head-to-head in a flashy kitchen studio with a live audience. The cheftestants were competing to win the best three courses out of a possible five in order to b…
    - 28 Feb 13, 9:38am -
  • Chef Kristen Kish is Top Chef!

    Chef Kristen Kish is Top Chef!

    After being crowned Top Chef, Chef Kish thanked Tom Colicchio for Last Chance Kitchen, and there's little wonder why. In the past, top contenders have been sent home for being the leaders in Restaurant Wars. This time, however, Kristen was able to fi…
    - 28 Feb 13, 8:30am -

Best Emerging Chefs

Celebrity Chefs

  • Ways and Means To Gather Food Naturally or Organically
    You can always go to a supermarket to pick up all the groceries that you want. Prepackaged stuff is everywhere, frozen dinners are about as easy as you get, and you could live entirely off of microwavable food if you want. However, there are definite…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:27am -
  • Get to Know 5 of Japan’s Top Chefs

    Get to Know 5 of Japan’s Top Chefs

    Japan is known for its unique food and along with this, its thriving restaurant industry. Behind every restaurant is a Japanese chef who prepares and cooks the food together with his staff to be served to customers. Japan boasts of many renowned chef…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 1:13am -
  • Eating Tips For Losing Weight Fast
    There can be a variety of reasons as to why someone may want to drop weight in a short amount of time. Whether they have a big event coming up like a graduation or a wedding, or maybe a big vacation when they have to wear a bikini. Whatever the reaso…
    - 23 Feb 17, 4:13am -
  • Finding Food When You Want To Try Something Different
    Even if you are the type of person that always orders the same meal when you go to your favorite restaurant or the type of person that often dreads trying a new place, you probably still sometimes think about trying a new meal when you go out to eat.…
    - 22 Feb 17, 2:31am -
  • 3 Steps to Take If Your Restaurant Business Isn’t Getting Enough Traction

    3 Steps to Take If Your Restaurant Business Isn’t Getting Enough Traction

    When you have a dream, it’s the only thing you can think about. That dream emanates from your cells, and if there is ever a time you’re not actively pursuing the fulfilment of that dream, you feel lost. Dreams are beautiful things, and everybody…
    - 15 Sep 16, 2:40am -
  • Chefs On Coffee: Energy Source Or Super Ingredient?

    Chefs On Coffee: Energy Source Or Super Ingredient?

    Chefs and coffee are a funny pair – most of them, as a result of their long days and late hours, are totally addicted to their caffeine fix. For example, Manresa’s David Kinch needs three cups to get through the day – and that’s after years o…
    - 8 Sep 16, 6:24am -
  • 3 Tricks to Use When Cleaning Your Grill

    3 Tricks to Use When Cleaning Your Grill

    With summer winding down, it’s time to clean all your summertime toys and get everything ready for the cooler months where you won’t use them as much or at all. This includes your charcoal, propane or natural gas grill. Hopefully you got a lot of…
    - 30 Aug 16, 9:56pm -
  • Divine Dates: Celebrity Chefs Tell About Wooing With Food

    Divine Dates: Celebrity Chefs Tell About Wooing With Food

    It’s the oldest trick in the book – you’re trying to get someone to fall for you, so you promise to cook them dinner from scratch. Anyone can pick up the tab at a restaurant, but it takes real commitment to make the meal yourself. That’s what…
    - 12 Aug 16, 9:23am -
  • Chefs And Sports: A Match Made In Heaven

    Chefs And Sports: A Match Made In Heaven

    If there’s one thing we know about great athletes, it’s that they love to eat. They have to – in order to sustain intense training athletes require high nutrient diets that will give them energy but not make them feel weighed down. To meet thes…
    - 4 Jul 16, 10:11am -
  • Preparing a Dinner Plan For a New Dating Partner

    Preparing a Dinner Plan For a New Dating Partner

    There are a lot of facets to modern dating. But a big step, and an important one, is going to be the all important first dinner date. The two main options for dinner dating are to either go out for a meal, or make one in. Though the two may be very d…
    - 4 Jul 16, 4:55am -

ChefTalk: Forum

The Chef Life

  • Tip Out is the Key

    Tip Out is the Key

    Recently there has been much activity and discussion on 13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House, and it appears that the majority of conversation has revolved around the kitchen getting tipped out. For those outside the industry, it is common for serv…
    - 24 Feb 15, 9:16am -
  • To School or Not to School

    To School or Not to School

    Recently one of my readers, Kimberly (check out what she’s doing on her blog), requested my experience with culinary school. In the industry more and more people are getting a formal education. That being said, there are certainly still those who h…
    - 20 May 14, 4:03pm -
  • If I Had Only Known

    If I Had Only Known

    Dear Greg, It is me, you, from the future. It is 2012, you have been out of school for less than a year and already you have been offered your first job as Sous Chef! Great work, you deserve it. You proved yourself by showing up at day one ready to g…
    - 18 Apr 14, 1:23pm -
  • Duck Liver Paté

    Duck Liver Paté

    Offal is definitely a passion of mine, as you can see in my previous post titled You Eat Meat, Right?. This Duck Liver Pate is a pretty good introduction to the taste of liver. The thyme and red wine give the pate a great nose, the honey makes it nic…
    - 26 Nov 13, 7:48pm -
  • Fitbit Kitchen Review

    Fitbit Kitchen Review

    As I have been humbly attempting to slim down ever so slightly, I have been more in touch with what’s going on in the fitness world these days. One very interesting trend is the aid of technology in helping us track our goals, and in this article I…
    - 23 Nov 13, 3:13pm -
  • Apple Pumpkin Soup

    Apple Pumpkin Soup

    I can see my breath. Beyond that it was only October 23rd when the magical white stuff started falling from the sky. Foolishly I thought to myself: “that will be gone in a few hours” and yet two days later still more snow fell on top of what alre…
    - 29 Oct 13, 7:42pm -
  • So You Want to Date a Chef: Date Night!

    So You Want to Date a Chef: Date Night!

    My fiancee, Jessica, has written another instalment of her series, So You Want to Date a Chef. Be sure to check out the previous posts in the series, as well as her blog and website. Living with your partner often means you have chances to connect wi…
    - 20 Oct 13, 9:14pm -
  • Death to the Turkeys

    Death to the Turkeys

    You may remember that back at the end of June I outlined my intention to visit a local abattoir. While the scheduling of this has not yet panned out, I still intend on following through with this. However, just as Thanksgiving was approaching here in…
    - 9 Oct 13, 2:10pm -
  • Chicken Pot Pie with Tea Biscuit Crust

    Chicken Pot Pie with Tea Biscuit Crust

    It must have been around the end of June that Dad sent me an email asking me for a great Chicken Pot Pie recipe. It didn’t matter to him that the sweltering months of the summer were just around the corner, he needed a solution to his pot pie conun…
    - 25 Sep 13, 11:00am -
  • 13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

    13 Ways to Piss Off the Back of House

    1.) Steal My Mise – I get that you are busy, and I get that because I too am busy. So don’t come back into the kitchen and jam your unclean hand into my cold table to steal my lime wedges without asking. 2.) Complain About Your Tips – “Man it…
    - 17 Sep 13, 4:00pm -
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