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What I've Seen: Marc Murphy Reflects On 10 Years As A Restaurateur

Plus, ya know, he's a chef, Chopped judge, good guy
Apr 10, 2014 10:00 am

Marc Murphy has come a long way since he opened Landmarc in NYC's Tribeca 10 years ago. Here's Murphy on spotting critics, improvising dishes, feeling defeated and more...

How Gregory Marchand Got The French Bistro Out Of A Steak Au Poivre Rut

Paris chef loves those vegetables at Frenchie
Apr 8, 2014 9:00 am

For the past five years Gregory Marchand's restaurant Frenchie has attracted Parisians to its tiny dining room in the old garment district, Sentier, with a market-driven tasting menu — of course, nothing new to Parisians — that struck a nerve with the city’s legendarily testy diners. How? By weaving together international flavors with invention, irreverence and layers of flavors.

A Look Back At Year One Of Simon Ford's 86 Co.

Checking in with our man about his spirits line
Mar 27, 2014 3:00 pm

When it comes to cocktails, our own Simon Ford is the guy to know. A former International Ambassador for Plymouth Gin (a role for which he took home Best Brand Ambassador at Tales of the Cocktail in 2007), Simon has penned the wildly popular Drink Ford Tough column on Food Republic over the past three years. A back room conversation at a NYC bar in 2007 ultimately led to Simon's new career path: co-founder of The 86 Co., a collaboration with some of the world's best distillers and distilleries to create lines of gin, rum, tequila and vodka. Just over a year into his daring venture, Simon checks in with us to discuss his first year of business.

With A Country On His Shoulders, Enrique Olvera Is As Cool As A Bowl Of Guacamole

Acclaimed Mexico City chef opening soon in New York
Mar 25, 2014 9:00 am

Launching the recent food festival Mesa Abierta was a proud moment for Olvera, 38, who is looked upon as a role model and culinary spiritual advisor in Mexico with his cerebral, modestly priced tasting menus (around $75), featuring dishes like smoked baby corn with coffee mayonnaise and a tortilla topped with three rare Oaxacan chiles aged over a year. As as we find out, New York is in his sights.

Can Wine Be Funny? A Conversation With Randall Grahm

The Bonny Doon "terroirist" can't stay serious long
Mar 19, 2014 2:00 pm
Randall Grahm photo

A man holds his glass of glimmering red liquid up to the light, then swirls it, sniffs it, looks at it askance as he swishes the wine around in his mouth and puckers his lips. It's an almost comic premise, and yet few oenophiles would ever laugh at the act of nosing and tasting wine. Why is wine so serious that we can't joke about it? Randall Grahm is perhaps the most iconoclastic of wine world eccentrics, so when offered a chance to chat with him before a pairing dinner of his Bonny Doon wines at The Spotted Pig in NYC, I set out to talk about why wine and humor don't seem to mix.

Video: Behind The Scenes At Mario Batali’s Favorite Restaurant In Rome, La Pergola

This is Michelin three-star dining, Italian style
Mar 17, 2014 3:30 pm

In 2012 we introduced you to Heinz Beck, the most famous Roman chef you probably have never heard about. German-born, but living in Italy for decades, Beck runs the three-Michelin star La Pergola in Rome’s opulent Cavalieri Hotel. It’s the only restaurant to be awarded the big three and, as we find out in this video, it’s Mario Batali’s favorite restaurant in the city. Here's a behind the scenes tour.

Meet The Man (Appetite, Imagination, Eye) Behind The Ulterior Epicure

Our food traveling hero gets candid
Mar 4, 2014 11:00 am

Photographer Bonjwing Lee clearly loves to travel for food, which is why we reached out for an interview during last week’s tribute to fantasy food travel. Lee was, obviously, traveling. But he was cool enough to answer some of our questions about his favorite (and least favorite) places to travel for the food. Also, packing essentials. The appetite is, of course, number one.

Yotam Ottolenghi Teaches Us How To Travel For Food, And Really Good Wine

London chef and cookbook author has traveled a bit
Feb 27, 2014 11:00 am

Jerusalem-born chef Yotam Ottolenghi's eponymous food shops in London are always packed, and his cookbooks are bestsellers. Penned with co-author/partner Sami Tamimi, both Plenty and Jerusalem have set sales records in both the United States and Europe for their thoughtful approach to cooking the flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East with simplicity in mind. But when we recently caught up with the chef, we wanted to talk about the messy, sometimes stressful, infinitely rewarding concept of world travel.

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