Show 230, July 1, 2017: Chef Jean-Christian Jury, Vegan: The Cookbook

Jean Christian JuryVegan: The Cookbook is newly published by the well-traveled, Chef Jean-Christian Jury, a leader in the international vegan community. In the weighty volume the reader will discover a wide range of accessible and appealing plant-based dishes (designed for the home kitchen) that will excite and satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. It features an impressive 450 recipes from more than 150 countries around the world.

The book presents dishes from countries ranging from Albania to Zambia. It showcases the culinary diversity of vegan cuisine, highlighting regional fruits and vegetables, traditional cooking techniques, and universally delectable flavors.

Home cooks will discover sweet and savory starters, soups, salads, mains, and desserts for all to enjoy, accompanied by straightforward instructions and gorgeous color photography. Chef Jury’s recipes have been meticulously tested for accuracy and ease of use.

Jean-Christian Jury is a vegan and raw-food chef from Toulouse, France. In 2008, he opened La Mano Verde in Berlin, Germany, his first vegan restaurant, and received praise from Saveur and Rodale’s Organic Life, and many international publications

A DealChef Jean-Christian has extended our listeners a special 30 per cent discount on this book. Go here to order the book and enter offer code to get the discount is VEGAN30.

We’ll meet Chef Jean-Christian.


Show 228, June 17, 2017: Cheese Monger Tracy Nelsen, SideDoor, Corona del Mar

Tracy NelsenSideDoor in Corona del Mar is known for its award-winning cheese and charcuterie offerings, and now dedicates one evening a month to boutique creameries and specialty cheeses. Monthly SideDoor will embrace a full “cheese takeover” showcasing a select portfolio of artisanal cheeses. On Wednesday, June 21 SideDoor welcomes Cypress Grove Creamery.

SideDoor’s own certified expert and cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, will be on hand at each takeover to educate diners on the various cheeses presented and recommend the perfect pairings. The featured cheeses will also find their way into select SideDoor menu items for that evening only. A different creamery will be featured monthly culminating with the ultimate complete cheese takeover celebration showcasing the four creameries of the series in August.

SideDoor’s own resident certified expert and cheese monger, Tracy Nelsen, is our guest. She has just returned from a cheese & wine research trip to France.



Show 192, October 9, 2016: John Terlato, Vice Chairman, Terlato Wine Group

John TerlatoJohn Terlato of Terlato Wines is a distinguished California vintner and well-known wine entrepreneur. He will share with us his recent adventures in Burgundy, France. It’s a great travel destination for any fan of the wine grape!

“You might imagine that if one were to have the good fortune of purchasing a vineyard in California, it would not typically spark interest in a place more than 5,000 away.”

“Here is why I felt the need to visit Burgundy. Sanford Winery is home to the oldest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines in the Santa Barbara area, dating to 1972. It also possesses a magical and unique confluence of climate and soil conditions – remarkably like those of Burgundy. And once our family owned Sanford, I wanted to more deeply understand Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the two iconic varieties of Bourgogne.” – John Terlato

“So what did I learn from all of this? First, it all starts with the soil and farming. Great wines are born from a unique combination of soil, microclimate, and attention to detail in farming. It is this unique confluence that causes great wines to be unique. Nor better…unique.”



Show 169, April 30, 2016: Bordeaux Futures with Tristen Beamon, Wine Exchange, Santa Ana

Kyle Meyer and Tristen Beamon of Best Wines OnlineYou don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate the high-quality of wine from Bordeaux, France. It’s one of the great wine grape growing regions of the world. Our resident wine authority, Tristen Beamon from The Wine Exchange, was just in Bordeaux tasting wines in the barrel from the 2015 harvest. We’ll get his insider’s report on what to expect.

“Kyle and I have tasted 400 wines from the exciting 2015 harvest and we’re happy to report that this is a vintage that consumers and collectors alike need to take a serious look at. The wines have many of the hallmarks of the top vintages like 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010, big and powerful, yet elegant and fresh with silky-soft tannins. There are a number of “best-ever” scenarios and, for the most part, it was a picture perfect, buy-by-the-case vintage from Petit Chateaux to First Growths… especially in the appellations of Margaux, Pessac-Leognan. St. Emilion and Pomerol. Who says Bordeaux is expensive? We just spent a week tasting some of the greatest potential wine values in the world. So as we like to say here at Wine Exchange…Let the games begin!”

When you have good guidance on selection the great advantage of buying Bordeaux Futures now is that you acquire the wines before the expected massive price increases on these labels when they are released in about 18 months to two years in the future. They cellar well…


Show 151, December 19, 2015: Chef James Kent, Executive Chef, NoMad, NYC, ment’or BKB Culinary Council

James KentChef James Kent led Team USA 2011 for the Bocuse d’Or, served as Competition Captain for the Team USA 2017 selection and a member of the ment’or BKB Culinary Council. Chef Kent is the Executive Chef of the acclaimed NoMad in New York City. A new NoMad is on its way to Downtown Los Angeles in 2017. We’ll meet him.

A native New Yorker, Chef James Kent started his culinary career as a summer apprentice at Bouley when he was fifteen years old. Chef Kent joined the team at Eleven Madison Park as a line cook in the spring of 2007 and was quickly promoted to Sous Chef.

In 2011, Chef Kent was chosen to represent the United States at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France. After a year of intense training for this culinary competition, he placed tenth in the world. Upon returning to New York, Chef Kent was named Chef de Cuisine of Eleven Madison Park and during his time there, the restaurant received numerous accolades including three Michelin stars. Chef Kent was promoted to Executive Chef of the NoMad in the fall of 2013.


Show 135, August 22, 2015: Susan Herrmann Loomis, author and cooking instructor

Susan Herrmann LoomisAward-winning author, Susan Herrmann Loomis, is with us to talk about her newest book, In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France. This book, with tales about real French cooks and more than 85 recipes, proves that delicious, decadent meals are simple and easy to create. Susan takes lessons from busy, everyday French cooks and offers their tips and tricks, kitchen wisdom, and recipes to create meals focused on local, seasonal, quality ingredients.

She regales us with tales of the French at the table, offers twelve seasonal menus, and pairs wines with her dishes to make this book an enjoyable read and an indispensable friend in the kitchen.

After reading In a French Kitchen, the reader will be immediately enveloped in warmth and good smells, which will make you hungry and eager to get in front of the stove. There is much inside this book to help you along. And as Susan says, “Cooking like the French, in a French Kitchen, is the shortest route to happiness, warmth, pleasure, and delicious times.”

Susan is a France-based (Normandy), award winning journalist with ten books to her credit, a cooking school proprietor, and a professionally trained chef.

She offers cooking classes in both Paris and Louviers.



Show 114, March 14, 2015: Chef Gavin Kaysen, Spoon & Stable, Minneapolis

While we were waiting to connect with Chef Gavin in Minneapolis, Kedric explained the fascinating evolution of restaurants over the years at South Coast Plaza. There is something for every taste and price level but the accent is always on quality. No Food Court there. For instance the long-running McDonald’s was replaced last year by Din Tai Fung a favorite for Shanghai-style soup dumplings with a worshipful, foodie cult following.

Gavin kaysenIn the words of Chef Gavin Kaysen : “In the past year, I’ve left New York City where I had the pleasure of cooking alongside Daniel Boulud running his Café Boulud brand; opened Spoon and Stable in my hometown of Minneapolis; served as the head coach for Team USA as we won a record-breaking Second Place in the Bocuse d’Or; and led my restaurant to become a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant from the James Beard Foundation Awards. I’m looking forward to sharing the next steps of my journey with you.”

First we’ll chat with Gavin about his work with Team USA and Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation which is now known as men’tor BKB Foundation. Chef Gavin represented the United States at the 2007 Bocuse d’Or, a prestigious, international culinary competition hosted biennially in Lyon, France.

He was personally selected by Chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, both men’tor BKB Foundation Directors & Founders, to serve as the Head Coach of the Bocuse d’Or USA Team in both 2013 and 2015.

Chef Gavin Kaysen joins us.


Show 105, January 10, 2015: Chefs Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, Bocuse d’Or USA Team Continues…

Skyler Stover and Philip Tessier oif Bocuse  D'Or Team USA2015 Bocuse d’Or Team USA continues with Chef Philip Tessier and his Commis Skylar Stover, both of The French Laundry in Yountville…

The 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.

The chefs hope to dine at Bocuse (L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges) while in Lyon in addition to a private dinner at the American Embassy in Paris.

A contribution of any size to support Team USA in Lyon is greatly appreciated by their support group, ment’or BKB Foundation.

Team USA will be back with us on Saturday morning, Feb. 7th to share their experience in Lyon.



Show 100, December 6, 2014: Dorie Greenspan Continues…

Custardy Apple SquaresDorie is on a mission to encourage Home Bakers in their kitchens. Her gateway recipe which she suggests a starting home baker tackles first is her foolproof “Custardy Apple Squares.” The ingredients are typically already in the home pantry. The recipe is now available for the taking via the “Blog” tab accessible from the Home Page of the “SoCal Restaurant Show’s” Website.

Dorie observes about BAKING CHEZ MOI, “Over the years, as the recipes and stories accumulated, as I made the cakes and cookies, tarts, pastries, and desserts in France, remade them in America, and shared them with friends on both sides of the ocean, I realized that though I hadn’t written the book I’d originally set out to, I’d written one that taught me just as much.”

“In 2006 Dorie’s Baking From My Home to yours was published. Shortly after the book was available an online baking club, Tuesdays with Dorie, was formed so that members could bake their way through the book and learn from it and each other. The group finished the book’s 300 plus recipes and is now deep into Baking with Julia.”

“Around My French Table is filled with stories of French life and more than 300 recipes for the elbows-on-the-table food that my friends and I are making in France today. Another online group, French Fridays with Dorie, was formed and the members – they come from all over the world – are cooking like mad. Soon they will be baking their way through BAKING CHEZ MOI”


Show 83, August 9, 2014: Tarit Tanjasiri of CremaCafe & Bakery

Tarit TanjasiriTarit Tanjasiri is the consumed baker/proprietor of the revered CremaCafe & Artisan Bakery in Seal Beach. It started eight years ago as a small breakfast and lunch spot. Tarit couldn’t source a bread for his sandwiches that satisfied him so two years ago he added an adjacent production bakery. It’s the café on one side and the bakery on the other. We’ll meet him.

Tarit’s Kouign Amann was one of the OC Weekly’s “100 Favorite Dishes of 2014.”

According to Anne Marie Panoringan of the OC Weekly : “Per Tarit, a Kouign Amann is a pastry from the Brittany region of France. It’s often considered more of a cake than a pastry, although Crema utilizes croissant dough for their version. Layers of butter, dough, sugar and a bit of sea salt are formed. Shaped to resemble a blooming rose, it is then placed in the deck oven to bake. Sweetness and density are much higher in France, and they come in many more sizes, shapes and filling flavors.”