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New York City's Sisha Ortuzar Is One Crafty Chef

The man behind 'wichcraft and Riverpark, revealed
Jun 25, 2014 9:00 am

Here, Sisha Ortuzar of Craft Restaurant Group tells us how he managed to get David Chang, April Bloomfield, Marco Canora, Bill Telepan, Anita Lo and others to stump for sustainable seafood the night after the Beards this past May, and discusses the growth of 'wichcraft, how he built Riverpark's farm and his ongoing relationship with Mr. Top Chef himself. Check it out. 

Pastry Genius Will Goldfarb, Decamped To Bali, Has Some Unfinished Business

It's all happiness and housemade mangosteen bitters
Jun 18, 2014 9:00 am

Among the upscale boutiques of Bali's beachy Seminyak neighborhood, located on the Indonesian island's southwest coast, is sprawling restaurant and bar Ku De Ta. Tourists and locals alike congregate here every evening to watch an exquisite sunset and listen to DJs while sipping Dark and Stormys flaunting large ginger and lime ice spheres. Yet, when night falls, a more sophisticated experience awaits at upstairs boîte Mejekawi. Here, dessert plays a pivotal role on the eight- and 12-course tasting menus, courtesy of Will Goldfarb.

For Brooklyn Butcher Tom Mylan, It’s Grill Big Or Go Home

On the pleasure of Vinho Verde, backyard ’96-ers’
May 20, 2014 9:00 am

In the eyes of The Meat Hook owner Tom Mylan, Memorial Day is a big, locally sourced and responsibly raised, deal. We spoke to the Brooklyn butcher about the trouble with grilled octopus (“by and large really gross”) and why traveling to Orange County might just be the key to understanding regional American barbecue. Also, how to do steak for 15.

1 Language Barrier, 4 NYT Stars And 7,000 Reservation Requests Later...

Alessandro Borgognone, man behind Sushi Nakazawa
May 15, 2014 9:00 am

Just like you, Alessandro Borgognone rented the 2011 hit documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Just like you, he dreamed of a day when he could sample Jiro apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa’s famed egg custard for himself. Unlike you, Borgognone is now the man behind New York City’s – possibly the country’s – buzziest Japanese restaurant. The owner of Sushi Nakazawa sat down with us to talk about running the hottest tables in town.

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.

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.

Roy Choi Is No One-Taco Wonder

Getting close to the L.A. chef in new memoir
Nov 14, 2013 10:00 am

The truth Roy Choi speaks during a recent 90-minute lunch at The Breslin in New York City is refreshing. It’s slightly exhausting, actually. Roy likes to talk, so our recorder was charged and had 15 GBs to spare. We hear a lot of truth in our lenthy interview with the Los Angeles chef.

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