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Erin McKenna Perfected The Gluten-Free Doughnut. Next Up: Pizza, Bagels.

BabyCakes boss sets her sights on savory things
Mar 25, 2015 11:00 am

Working in a professional kitchen can be daunting experience for many people. But not so much for Erin McKenna, who grew up with 11 brothers and sisters. You could reasonably call it a cakewalk for McKenna, founder of New York’s pioneering BabyCakes bakery, a mecca for treat-seekers who might otherwise abstain because of aversions to things like gluten and dairy. Here, she chats with writer Nicole Schnitzler.

Food Republic’s New Chefs Rising, Episode 1: Jonah Miller Of Huertas

The young NYC chef makes a “simple peasant dish”
Mar 19, 2015 10:00 am

You hear it all the time: A chef’s gotta pay his dues, toil for years or even decades in kitchens learning technique and craft. Not necessarily. In New Chefs Rising, Food Republic finds young cooks who are making moves, running their own kitchens in successful restaurants, in many cases before their 30th birthday. In the first episode, Jonah Miller, executive chef and co-owner of NYC hot spot Huertas, shares his thoughts, then hits the kitchen to cook some migas. 

Leah Cohen Will Not Speak Ill Of New York’s Cool Chefs Club. She Just Wants In.

Pig & Khao boss talks gender, ethnicity, next moves
Mar 17, 2015 1:30 pm

Fresh off another two-week trip to Vietnam, Pig and Khao proprietor Leah Cohen hooks up with TV food personality Andrew Zimmern for a very candid discussion as part of his regular “Go Fork Yourself” podcast. In it, Cohen gives her thoughts on the culinary scene’s “cool kids club” and whether gender plays a role with regard to admission.

Toki Underground Honors Fallen Chef With Charity Dinner In Washington, D.C.

Talented young cook Thang Le died in 2012
Mar 5, 2015 1:30 pm

Popular ramen shop Toki Underground in Washington, D.C., has endured its share of tragedy, with the shocking death of its 31-year-old chef, Thang Le, in 2012. On March 11, proprietor Erik Bruner-Yang will honor his fallen comrade with a special four-course charity dinner. Full details right this way.

Chicago Chef Paul Kahan Is Calling All Competent Cooks

Blackbird boss talks Midwest hospitality, expansion
Mar 4, 2015 10:00 am

Paul Kahan has been on a roll lately. Beyond his celebrated Chicago newcomers Nico Osteria and Dove's Luncheonette, the chef who first elevated Chicago dining with Blackbird in 1998 now has another eight restaurant projects in the pipeline. Yet empire is not his end goal. 

SXSW Expands Food Programming For 2015. Plus, Many Events For Non-Badge Holders.

Chang, Brock join this year's panels and pop-ups
Feb 27, 2015 12:00 pm

SXSW has pulled out all the stops for food-related content during this year's SouthBites, and there's a few big-name events for the general public, too. Here's your guide to the panels, pop-ups and more to seek out this March.

Watermelon Tartare? Artichoke Oysters? Vegetables Are Kicking Meat Off Menus.

Plant-based dishes are no longer small potatoes
Feb 23, 2015 11:30 am

Forget worrying about a side of vegetables with your dinner. Today’s chefs are taking great strides to ensure these nutrient-rich ingredients are no longer just an afterthought at dinner — they are dinner. From vegetable-inspired meat dishes to meat-inspired vegetable dishes, menus across the country are showcasing fresh produce like never before. Nicole Schnitzler reports.

If Charcuterie Is Your Jam, Chef Craig Deihl Is On Instagram For You

Coppa and pâté en croute and sandwiches galore!
Feb 13, 2015 1:00 pm

Chef Craig Deihl's Instagram feed is packed with photos of stacked bricks of ham-and-parsley terrine, videos of liverwurst in process, and beauty shots of olive loaves that miraculously make you really, really want olive loaf. It's so engrossing that you may forget to buy your plane ticket to South Carolina. Let us remind you: Buy a plane ticket to South Carolina (for a jillion reasons) and don't leave until you understand the meaning of "pâté inlay."

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