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Slade Rushing Will Not Apologize For His James Beard Award Nomination

“I deserve to be nominated,” Brennan’s chef says
May 1, 2015 10:00 am

Chef Slade Rushing’s efforts to refresh New Orleans’s historic Brennan’s restaurant have generated quite a bit of attention. In March, the James Beard Foundation named him one of four finalists for the coveted title of Best Chef South. Then, almost immediately, came the backlash. According to one influential critic, that honor came way too soon. Rushing, though, is adamant: “I deserve to be nominated.”

Charlotte Chef Jim Noble Explains The Complicated Food City He Calls Home

A Southern city of transplants and diversity
Apr 13, 2015 1:00 pm

Jim Noble is an ordained minister, doesn’t have any formal culinary training and isn’t one to follow trends. But for more than three decades, he’s been one of the most successful chefs and restaurateurs in North Carolina. Here’s an introduction.

Italian Celeb Chef Heinz Beck Has Never Heard Of Most Italian-American Dishes

He seemed sorta bemused by the whole idea
Mar 13, 2015 11:00 am

Garlic bread, chicken parmigiana, spaghetti with meatballs. These are dishes just about anyone who grew up in America knows well. These are also dishes that some commonly associate with Italy. But the fact is that these dishes have very little — and in some cases nothing at all — to do with the boot-shaped country or its cuisine. So, what does one of the world's best Italian chefs think of Italian-American cuisine? Is he even aware of its existence?

Video: Justin Yu Talks Vietnamese Influence, Copenhagen Hype

The hot shot Houston chef has some deep thoughts
Sep 25, 2014 3:00 pm

Earlier this year, we held the third annual Food Republic Interview Lounge at the W Austin during the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Ever since, we've been featuring video excerpts of the sessions with host Richard Martin. Next up is Justin Yu of Oxheart in Houston, Texas. 

Salt Cod King: George Mendes Will Bring Portuguese Cooking To The Masses

In NYC, Aldea's chef is planning a big fall opening
Aug 27, 2014 3:00 pm

“Right now we’re off to the races,” says George Mendes with the sound of clanging in the background. He’s standing at the Chelsea — or maybe we'll call it NoMad — construction site that will house his new, un-named restaurant scheduled to open later in the fall. It’s been long anticipated that Mendes, a Portuguese-American chef who just celebrated five years at his well-regarded Flatiron restaurant Aldea, would expand into a more casual style. We got all the details in an interview.

Chef John Tesar Vs. Critic Leslie Brenner: Tracing The Roots Of A Public Spat

Interviews with both sides reveal many motivations
Jul 17, 2014 2:30 pm

Chef John Tesar generated some dubious buzz on Thursday with his fiery Twitter response to Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner's review of his latest restaurant Knife. With the benefit of having previously interviewed both Tesar and Brenner about their individual preferences and pet-peeves, we feel compelled to offer some perspective on the various motivations heading into this now-very-public food-world spat.

We Support Soba: Everything You Need To Know About Japan's Most Underrated Noodle

It's just wrong that ramen gets all the credit
Apr 21, 2014 2:00 pm

Mention “Japanese noodles” to the average person and chances are they’ll assume you’re talking about ramen. And we’re not hating on that. But buckwheat noodles (commonly known by their Japanese name, soba) are healthy, diverse and available at a variety of establishments – from the casual to the extravagant. We sat down with two soba masters to discuss all things buckwheat.

Interview With A Sushi God: Chef Seki On Etiquette, Soy Sauce Usage

He's been in the NYC game for decades
Apr 21, 2014 1:00 pm

No discussion of New York City’s best sushi restaurants is complete without mention of Sushi Seki. Chef Seki recently sat down with us to talk sushi etiquette, differences between American and Japanese preferences and 3 a.m. fish munchies. Read on.


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