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When Others Had Julia, Mario Carbone Learned The Cooking Moves From Vito

How an Istrian grandpa taught a young cook
Mar 13, 2015 9:00 am

Mario Carbone’s first restaurant gig was on Northern Boulevard in Queens, shucking clams and oysters at a place called the Crab Shack. “It was a frustrating first job because I had no idea what the hell I was doing,” says a guy approaching culinary Prince-like status, on par with fellow Italian-Americans chefs Batali and Giada. Years and “several thousand” oysters shucked later, we’re sitting in the cozy rear dining room of his eponymous New York City restaurant. Talking about Nonno. 

For Food And Travel Writer Matt Goulding, It's Not About The Michelin Guide

The Roads & Kingdoms editor drops travel knowledge
Feb 13, 2015 10:00 am

Food and travel writer Matt Goulding is blown away by Japanese culture, which he covers extensively in an upcoming book. When speaking late into the night with Goulding, it's clear he’s been cheating on his beloved Japan with other geographical mistresses. When you travel for a living, taking a real vacation can be the most difficult part of the job.

Chef Amanda Cohen Traveled To Inspire The Menu At The New Dirt Candy

NYC chef reopened her vegetarian oasis last week
Feb 12, 2015 3:00 pm

Last week saw Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen’s most recent trip: a mile-long move from the East Village to the Lower East Side, where she reopened her beloved vegetarian destination. The vegetable-focused menu will still reflect some of Cohen’s Asian inclinations, but more than half of the items were inspired by the Yucatán, where she recently spent two weeks. 

Take Root's Elise Kornack Challenges Convention, And Herself, At Every Turn

One of NYC's youngest, most artful chefs speaks out
Feb 5, 2015 10:00 am

At 28, Elise Kornack has done the unthinkable, creating a small restaurant that affords her time off to be with family and friends while still being important enough to win her restaurant, Take Root, fame and even a Michelin star. Here, the outspoken young chef talks about her unusual career track and why she left Manhattan's hottest kitchens to go it alone on a quiet Brooklyn street.

She Wrote The Book On Natural Wine

For Isabelle Legeron, it's about the human element
Jan 28, 2015 1:00 pm

Recently, Chad Walsh had the pleasure of sitting down in New York with Master of Wine Isabelle Legeron, whose beautiful book, Natural Wine: An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally, was recently released in the U.S. In addition to running the programs of a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants in the U.K., she is working on developing an all-natural wine list for Belle Mont Farm, a fully sustainable new resort on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts.

2014 In Review: The Top 10 Quotes Of The Year

Most memorable lines from chefs and cooking folk
Dec 24, 2014 1:30 pm

Which top chef compares looking at Yelp to picking at a scab? Which New York City restaurateur originally thought his four-star review was zero stars? Who claims to feel as intensely about chefs as you do about Game of Thrones? And who maintains that the best way to hire your future sous chef is to get them wasted? We present to you, our favorite quotes of 2014 on Food Republic.

Eric Giannettini Is The Guy To Know In Cassis. And You Need To Go.

Provençal city is a short hop from Marseille
Dec 12, 2014 11:00 am

Since arriving from Naples in 1850, Eric Giannettini’s family has run a small seafood business just off the docks of Cassis, a postcard-worthy inlet lined with single-engine fishing boats and a maze of terra cotta-roofed houses. Giannettini is a funny guy and speaks great English, and when we met at his market-turned-restaurant La Poissonnerie, we got to talking about his special little place in the universe.

Paris, 1910. It’s The Inspiration For Grant Achatz's French Bistro Menu At Next.

The rotating restaurant focuses on France in 2015
Dec 9, 2014 11:30 am

The team behind Chicago’s innovative rotating-theme restaurant Next announced the three new concepts for 2015 last week. Since it’s French Week here at Food Republic, our interest specifically piqued when we heard French Bistro cuisine will take the first rotation of the year.

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