Show 258, January 27, 2018: Chef Michael Stamm, MGP Specialty Food, Cured & Whey, Las Vegas Part One

Michael StammIf you’re in the gourmet specialty food business Las Vegas is the land of opportunity. There are multiple high-end fine-dining restaurants located on The Strip as well as in the affluent suburbs of Summerlin and Henderson. A great local success story is Chef Michael Stamm of MGP Specialty Food. “Specialty Products for the Gourmand.”

Chef Michael also operates Cured & Whey, an unusual retail gourmet specialty food store and deli.

He brings out imported cheese and foie gras especially for us.

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Show 106, January 17, 2015: Chef / Proprietor Alain Giraud, Maison Giraud

Alain GiraudMaison Giraud in Pacific Palisades opened its doors in 2011. The unpretentious restaurant and bakery reflect the life and experiences of master French Chef Alain Giraud (ex-Michel Richard’s Citrus.) Chef Giraud welcomes his guests to dine on fine French food in a friendly, family setting.

You can see him every Wednesday morning shopping at The Santa Monica Farmers Market where he is a long-time and familiar fixture. Giraud arrived in Los Angeles in 1988 and joined Michel Richard at Citrus as Chef de Cuisine. Together they elevated Citrus to the ranks of the country’s most celebrated restaurants.

Since then Alain has been the executive chef at Lavande, a fondly remembered French Provencal restaurant at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. He was the opening executive chef in 2002 at the high profile and much written-about Bastide on Melrose Place in West Hollywood. Before opening Maison Giraud, Alain was the opening executive chef at Anisette, an ambitious French brasserie located in the landmark Clocktower Building in Santa Monica.

Maison Giraud hosts a gourmet oyster bar on the first Thursday of each month conducted by Master Ecailler Christophe Happillion. On the fourth Thursday of each month is the Four Star Dinner (7-courses) showcasing the talents of a prominent Guest Chef.

Foie gras is back on the menu at Maison Giraud.

Chef Alain Giraud is our guest.

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Show 106, January 17, 2015: Troy Johnson, Food Critic, San Diego Magazine Continues…

Troy JohnsonTroy Johnson, San Diego Magazine’s colorfully opinionated Food Critic and Editor-at Large, continues.

He also pens the San Diego Food News Blog available on the San Diego Magazine’s Website. You also know him as a regular judge on Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games now in Season 2.

Is foie gras now returning to San Diego area restaurants as it is in Los Angeles and Orange County? We’ll get Johnson’s thoughts on foie gras.

Earlier in the month Troy launched a thoughtful, multi-part series on San Diego Magazine’s blog, “Thoughts on Foie Gas.” It’s a worthwhile read.

In the December issue of San Diego Magazine Johnson profiled his top ten new restaurants in San Diego. In the number one position is Richard BlaisJuniper & Ivy and number two is Ironside Fish & Oyster also in Little Italy. The full reviews of both are on San Diego Magazine’s Website

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Show 1055, January 10, 2015: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Producer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s highly caloric (but virtually guilt-free) show

Foie GrasFoie gras, a fine-dining delicacy, has been missed in California restaurants since 2012. A Federal judicial ruling now permits foie gras produced outside of California to be served in restaurants again. We’ll have a tantalizing update with Chef Kris Morningstar of Terrine in Los Angeles…On Monday, Jan. 12th he served a special multi-course “Welcome Back” foie gras menu starting with a foie gras terrine.

The first West Coast outpost of New York’s beloved burger, hot dog and frozen custard stand, Shake Shack, launched in Las Vegas at the end of last year. Shake Shack has a passionate, cult following in the East mirroring the affection Californians have for In -N-Out Burger. It’s located on The Strip in a highly visible spot adjacent to The Park at the foot of New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director, is with us serving up all the juicy details.

Chef Philip Tessier and his young Commis, Skylar Stover, of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, CA are going for the gold in 2015. The pair is the newest Bocuse d’Or USA Team, representing the nation at the World Cooking Contest in Lyon, France on January 27th and 28th. Often described as the “Culinary Olympics,” the Bocuse d’Or (staged every other year) is among the most demanding international cooking competitions, pitting chefs from twenty-four countries against one another in an intense five and a half hour, two-part cooking challenge in front of thousands of cheering fans. Team USA joins us on the road to Lyon.

Chef Neal Fraser (bld and Fritzi Dog) and his wife and business partner, Amy Knoll Fraser, have had their eye on Downtown Los Angeles since before they closed Grace in the Fairfax District in 2009. Their first move was to become one of the official caterers for Vibiana, the home of L.A.’s former historic Catholic Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Vibiana) dating back to 1876 and now a busy special events space. Eventually they moved their catering kitchen to the site and became the official solo caterers for the facility. Redbird (a partnership with restaurateur Bill Chait) is their new, eagerly anticipated “New American” fine-dining space located on one floor of the former Rectory building (built in the late 1930s.) Amy Knoll Fraser is our guest.

First-time cookbook authors and cookware experts Logan Levant (ex- Buttercake Bakery) and Hilary Hattenbach have penned The Kitchen Decoded – Tools, Tricks, and Recipes for Great Food. The handy new book unravels the mystery of home kitchen equipment and saves the home cook countless hours. The Kitchen Decoded takes the mystery and intimidation out of gadgets and shows how proper cookware can actually streamline the cooking process. Co-author Logan Levant is our helpful guide.

Members of Chef Michael Puglisi’s immediate family in Sicily are well-known Old World artisan butchers. Very soon Chef Puglisi will be using those skills at his own Electric City Butcher Shop which is a major component of Santa Ana’s much –anticipated (and talked about) 4th Street Market food emporium. Puglisi was previously the sous chef of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills. On Friday, January 16th Chef Puglisi is hosting an elaborate, multi-course pop-up dinner at Playground 2.0, an intimate 17-seat exhibition culinary theater in Santa Ana steps away from the soon-to-be 4th Street Market.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

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January 10: Kris Morningstar on the return of Foie Gras, Shake Shack, French Laundry, Redbird, The Kitchen Decoded, Electric City Butcher

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Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mark Rosati, Culinary Director, Shake Shack Part One
Segment Three: Mark Rosati, Culinary Director, Shake Shack Part Two
Segment Four: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Part One
Segment Five: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Part Two
Segment Six: Amy Knoll Fraser, Redbird at Vibiana
Segment Seven: Logan Levant, author, The Kitchen Decoded
Segment Eight: Chef Michael Puglisi, Electric City Butcher Shop

Producer and Co-Host Andy Harris is going solo in the host chair this morning. Now a preview of today’s highly caloric (but virtually guilt-free) show

Foie GrasFoie gras, a fine-dining delicacy, has been missed in California restaurants since 2012. A judicial ruling now permits foie gras produced outside of California to be served in restaurants again. We’ll have a tantalizing update…

The first West Coast outpost of New York’s beloved burger, hot dog and frozen custard stand, Shake Shack, launched in Las Vegas at the end of last year. Shake Shack has a passionate, cult following in the East mirroring the affection Californians have for In -N-Out Burger. It’s located on The Strip in a highly visible spot adjacent to The Park at the foot of New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director, is with us serving up all the juicy details.

Chef Philip Tessier and his young Commis, Skylar Stover, of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, CA are going for the gold in 2015. The pair is the newest Bocuse d’Or USA Team, representing the nation at the World Cooking Contest in Lyon, France on January 27th and 28th. Often described as the “Culinary Olympics,” the Bocuse d’Or (staged every other year) is among the most demanding international cooking competitions, pitting chefs from twenty-four countries against one another in an intense five and a half hour, two-part cooking challenge in front of thousands of cheering fans. Team USA joins us on the road to Lyon.

Chef Neal Fraser (bld and Fritzi Dog) and his wife and business partner, Amy Knowl Fraser, have had their eye on Downtown Los Angeles since before they closed Grace in the Fairfax District in 2009. Their first move was to become one of the official caterers for Vibiana, the home of L.A.’s former historic Catholic Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Vibiana) dating back to 1876 and now a busy special events space.

Eventually they moved their catering kitchen to the site and became the official solo caterers for the facility. Redbird (a partnership with restaurateur Bill Chait) is their new, eagerly anticipated “New American” fine-dining space located on one floor of the former Rectory building (built in the early 1940’s.) Amy Knoll Fraser is our guest.

First-time cookbook authors and cookware experts Logan Levant (ex- Buttercake Bakery) and Hilary Hattenbach have penned The Kitchen Decoded – Tools, Tricks, and Recipes for Great Food. The handy new book unravels the mystery of home kitchen equipment and saves the home cook countless hours. The Kitchen Decoded takes the mystery and intimidation out of gadgets and shows how proper cookware can actually streamline the cooking process. Co-author Logan Levant is our helpful guide.

Members of Chef Michael Puglisi’s immediate family in Sicily are well-known Old World artisan butchers. Very soon Chef Puglisi will be using those skills at his own Electric City Butcher Shop which is a major component of Santa Ana’s much –anticipated (and talked about) 4th Street Market emporium. Puglisi was previously the sous chef of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills. On Friday, January 16th Chef Puglisi is hosting an elaborate, multi-course pop-up dinner at Playground 2.0, an intimate 17-seat exhibition culinary theater in Santa Ana steps away from the soon-to-be 4th Street Market.

All of this and lots more absolutely incredible deliciousness on Saturday’s show!

Mark Rosati of Shake ShackThe first West Coast outpost of New York’s beloved burger, hot dog and frozen custard stand, Shake Shack, launched in Las Vegas at the end of last year. Shake Shack has a passionate, cult following in the East mirroring the affection Californians have for In -N-Out Burger. It’s located on The Strip in a highly visible spot with lots of foot traffic adjacent to The Park at the foot of New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

Founded by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG), Shake Shack is a critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand known for 100 per cent all-natural Angus beef burgers, grilled-crisp flat-top hot dogs, fresh-made frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine, and more. It’s a fun, lively, fine-casual restaurant with widespread appeal.

Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, it now has multiple locations across the U.S., including New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, and international locations including London, Istanbul, Dubai, and others.

Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director, is with us serving up all the juicy details.

The Las Vegas Shack features an expansive outdoor patio prominently overlooking The Strip. Capturing the essence and origins of Shake Shack, which was born in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004, the restaurant will also neighbor a future park environment developed by MGM Resorts International. The Park, the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip, will feature dining pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas for quiet relaxation.

In addition to all the Shack favorites, the Las Vegas menu celebrates the glitz and over-the-top energy of the city with exclusive menu items. The Las Vegas Shack’s location-specific frozen custard concretes include: All Shook Up (vanilla frozen custard and chocolate toffee bits blended with a slice of banana peanut butter cheesecake from local bakery Gimme Some Sugar) and Jackpot (vanilla frozen custard, Belgian waffles, strawberry puree, marshmallow sauce and rainbow sprinkles.)

Philip Tessier and Skylar StoverChef Philip Tessier and his young Commis, Skylar Stover, of Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Yountville, CA are going for the gold in 2015. The pair is the newest Bocuse d’Or USA Team, representing the nation at the World Cooking Contest in Lyon, France on January 27th and 28th. Often described as the “Culinary Olympics,” the Bocuse d’Or (staged every other year) is among the most demanding international cooking competitions, pitting chefs from twenty-four countries against one another in an intense five and a half hour cooking challenge in front of thousands of cheering fans.

Leading the rigorous training program – which requires the level of dedication seen in professional athletes – is Team USA Head Coach (and former Bocuse d’Or competitor) Chef Gavin Kaysen (ex-Café Boulud, New York.) Alongside Kaysen will be Coaches Chef Grant Achatz (Alienea and Next, Chicago, IL), Chef Gabriel Kreuther (formerly of The Modern, New York, NY), and Chef Richard Rosendale (formerly of The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV and the 2013 Bocuse d’Or competitor for the USA), as well as The Foundation’s (ment’or BKB Foundation) Board of Directors, Chefs Jerome Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller.

Team USA 2015 joins us on the road to Lyon.

Skyler Stover and Philip Tessier oif Bocuse  D'Or Team USAThe ment’or BKB Foundation’s Board of Directors and Management selected Tessier and Stover to compete based on their dedication to the craft, experience working in precise and innovative kitchens, technical expertise, and their steadfast desire to place USA on the podium in 2015.

“I’ve followed the Bocuse d’Or closely for years, and was inspired to apply after my trip to watch the competition in Lyon in January of 2013,” says Tessier. “It was there I realized that the Bocuse d’Or is not an individual competition – it is in the strength of the team that success and victory lie. It’s not just about preparing the dishes; it’s about impacting the perception of American chefs and our country on the worldwide stage. I want to unite the US in that common goal.”

Tessier currently sereves as Executive Sous Chef at The French Laundry. Stover is currently the Chef de Partie at The French Laundry.

Neal and Amy Knoll FraserChef Neal Fraser (bld and Fritzi Dog at the Original Farmers Market) and his wife and business partner, Amy Knoll Fraser, have had their eye on Downtown Los Angeles since before they closed Grace in the Fairfax District in 2009. Their first move was to become one of the official caterers for Vibiana, the home of L.A.’s former historic Catholic Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Vibiana) dating back to 1876 and now a busy special events and performing arts space.

Eventually they moved their catering kitchen to the site and became the official solo caterers for the facility. Redbird (a partnership with restaurateur Bill Chait) is their new, eagerly anticipated “New American” fine-dining space located on one floor of the former Rectory building (built in the early 1940’s.) The space has been artfully restored and renovated keeping as many of the distinctive historical elements intact as possible.

The main dining room is actually a cleverly designed atrium space that has been weatherized for all-season indoor dining. The appealing long bar is actually two-sided. One side faces the dining area and the other side (with a marble bar) fronts the entrance reception area and lounge. It’s dinner only for the moment with lunch and brunch to follow soon.

The entrance (and valet parking drop) is located on the Second St. side of the building.

Amy Knoll Fraser is our guest.

Logan LevantFirst-time cookbook authors and cookware experts Logan Levant (ex-Buttercake Bakery) and Hilary Hattenbach have penned The Kitchen Decoded – Tools, Tricks, and Recipes for Great Food. The handy new book unravels the mystery of home kitchen equipment and saves the home cook countless hours.

The Kitchen Decoded takes the mystery and intimidation out of gadgets and shows how proper cookware can actually streamline the cooking process. The key lies in breaking down the best tools for each task.

Chapters are organized by gadget, and each tool is paired accordingly with instructions and an arsenal of time-tested recipes. Featured equipment ranges from high end tools like the KitchenAid stand mixer to low-tech gadgets like the Microplane and cookie sheets.

Logan Levant, owner of Los Angeles’ famous Buttercake Bakery (now departed) for ten years, spent countless hours showing friends how to use the kitchen tools they received as gifts. With a self-taught passion for cooking and baking, Levant’s tasty recipes made Buttercake the go-to bakery on Los Angeles’ Westside for a decade.

Co-author Logan Levant is our helpful guide.

Michael PuglisiMembers of Chef Michael Puglisi’s immediate family in Sicily are well-known Old World artisan butchers. Very soon Chef Puglisi will be using those skills at his own Electric City Butcher Shop which is a major component of Santa Ana’s much –anticipated (and talked about) 4th Street Market food emporium. Puglisi was previously the sous chef of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Beverly Hills.

On Friday, January 16th Chef Puglisi is hosting an elaborate, multi-course pop-up dinner at Playground 2.0, an intimate 17-seat exhibition culinary theater in Santa Ana steps away from the soon-to-be 4th Street Market. Puglisi is a nose-to-tail chef. One special course will be braised lamb tongues.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Mark Rosati, Culinary Director, Shake Shack Part One
Segment Three: Mark Rosati, Culinary Director, Shake Shack Part Two
Segment Four: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Part One
Segment Five: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Part Two
Segment Six: Amy Knoll Fraser, Redbird at Vibiana
Segment Seven: Logan Levant, author, The Kitchen Decoded
Segment Eight: Chef Michael Puglisi, Electric City Butcher Shop

Hamburgers

What makes for a great burger?

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Show 50, November 30, 2013: Pascal Olhats, owner/chef of Pascal Epicerie, Brasserie Pascal, and Café Jardin

Pascal OlhatsThe Dean of French Chefs in Orange County is the ever charming Pascal Olhats of the Pascal Epicerie in Newport Beach. This is located next door to the site of his long-running Traditions by Pascal fine dining restaurant which he sold last year. Pascal originally came to Orange County in 1984 to open Hotel Le Meridian in Newport Beach. The property is now the Fairmont Newport Beach. Earlier in his career he worked for Master Chef Paul Bocuse (a French culinary legend) in Lyon.

In Newport Beach Pascal also operates Brasserie Pascal in Fashion Island and Café Jardin in the Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar.

Pascal talks about a new fundraising effort he’s putting together to benefit the Orange County Food Bank.

How the French celebrate the Christmas meal and what the traditional dishes are is also part of the conversation. Think chilled lobster, foie gras, and roasted duck….

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Show 27, May 4, 2013: Lorin Adolph, private chef based in Chicago

Private Chef Lorin AdolphChef Lorin has a very unusual scope of work for an experienced chef. For 22 years he has been the personal chef for a very wealthy businessman who lives in Chicago. You’d know the name…The gentleman also has estates in Malibu and Europe.

Chef Lorin travels with the family and prepares dinner for them wherever in the world they happen to be. It requires absolute discretion and a lot of culinary talent!

Of course Chef Lorin enjoys shopping at the Farmers Markets and is well-known in both Chicago and Santa Monica. It’s his inspiration in planning menus. Lorin had just been to the opening morning of Chicago’s Green City Market’s outdoor season. The report was the winter potatoes and onions were looking good.

Not every meal is foie gras and caviar. A family favorite is a fresh seafood salad, stir-fried rice, and freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies.

Chef Lorin shared some of his favorite dining out spots in Chicago as he’s out often to see what the big time chefs are doing. He’s a fan of Chef Paul Kahan’s Blackbird and The Publican. He also recommends Lula and Nightwood and the restaurants of Chef Bill Kim.

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