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Talkin' Charcuterie With Austin Chef Lawrence Kocurek

The chef from W Austin's Trace goes whole hog
Mar 5, 2014 2:00 pm
Lawrence Kocurek Austin chef Trace W Hotel
Photo: Jo Ann Santangelo

We put so much faith in chefs these days that we're willing to shell out $75, $100, $150 per person on dinner at the better restaurants out there on a regular basis. It'd be nice to think that the chefs preparing these meals know every ingredient intimately, but how many know how to butcher a whole animal, for instance? This guy does, and he knows so much about butchery, charcuterie and even raising snails that you pretty much have to read this interview. 

Curtis Stone On Opening Maude In Beverly Hills And Its 'Hardcore Little Kitchen'

Top Chef Master's restaurant is a real force
Feb 20, 2014 11:00 am

Curtis Stone became a household name after getting some quality time on-camera with shows like TLC's Take Home ChefToday on NBC, and Bravo's chef superstar spin-off Top Chef Masters. Now that he's at the top of the TV chef mountain, he's decided to open his very first “tiny little restaurant” and guess what? It's really, really good. We sat down with Stone to talk about the non-menu. 

Franklin Becker On The Evolution Of Healthy Eating, Gluten-Free Being In Vogue

Little Beet chef wants the masses to eat healthily
Feb 6, 2014 2:00 pm

Franklin Becker knows firsthand about practicing a healthy lifestyle. The chef of New York City's new Midtown health haven Little Beet reveals that his cooking has become progressively healthier since he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 1997. We sat down with the chef to talk about how we got to a place where it's cool to eat healthy and, apparently, "in vogue" to eat a gluten-free diet. Yes, we've certainly come a long way.

Charlie McKenna Has Some Big Ideas About The Future Of Barbecue In America

Chicago chef is a big name in competitive barbecue
Feb 5, 2014 10:00 am

One food that that has certainly stood the test of time has been barbecue. The action of firing up the backyard grill to cook meats stretches back decades; it's a food that's decidedly American and that's grown increasingly in popularity, especially over the past few years. We caught up with Lillie's Q chef Charlie McKenna to discuss the state of barbecue in early 2014. Read on.

A Flavorful Visit With Susana Trilling In Oaxaca

An interview with the Mexican cooking pro at home
Jan 28, 2014 2:00 pm
Susana Trilling photo
Photo: Evan Sung

Here's an interview with Susana Trilling, the Texas-born chef who moved to Mexico 25 years ago and is now one of the foremost proponents of Oaxacan cuisine. All this, and photos of Empellon's Alex Stupak in her cooking class, after the jump.

'10 Things I Hate' With Andrew Zimmerman

Chicago chef can't stand fake vegans, oysters
Jan 10, 2014 10:00 am

Life is filled with wonderful things and terrible things. During interviews, however, we pretty much only get to hear about the wonderful things. Ten Things I Hate is a chance for people in the food world to get things off their chest. We ask them what they hate, they give us a list. Next up: Andrew Zimmerman. Yes, you read that right.

'10 Things I Hate' With Matt McCallister

Dallas chef can't stand soft cooks, Yelp, stoners
Nov 20, 2013 10:00 am

Life is filled with wonderful things and terrible things. During interviews, however, we pretty much only get to hear about the wonderful things. 'Ten Things I Hate' is a chance for people in the food world to get things off their chest. We ask them what they hate, they give us a list. Next up: Dallas rising star Matt McCallister.

Philip Krajeck Is Taking The Southern Restaurant Scene By Storm

Chef is behind Nashville's Rolf and Daughters
Oct 7, 2013 9:00 am

In his first year as the chef/owner of Rolf and Daughters in Nashville, Philip Krajeck has made quite a splash in the local and national food scene. Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit named R & D the #3 best new restaurant in America for 2013 and declared that “Krajeck was put on earth to make pasta.” We caught up with him.

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