Show 224, May 20, 2017: Al Mancini, Staff Writer, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Al ManciniJournalist Al Mancini is well-known in Las Vegas hospitality circles and beyond. He’s been reviewing restaurants there for over 15 years. In 2011 he co-created the definitive Las Vegas dining guideEating Las Vegas – The 50 Essential Restaurants. He recently joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a staff writer primarily covering the food, restaurant and libations beat. We’ll meet him>.

Al discovered his passion for food while living in New York City, where he attended law school by day, tended bar and made pizza at the infamous punk club CBGB by night, and explored the Big Apple’s dynamic dining scene during every spare moment in between.

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Show 197, November 12, 2016: Chef Vincenzo Loseto, The Nomad, Ment’or BKB Foundation’s 2016 Young Chef Competition Winner

Vincenso Loseto of Team USA at the BOcuse D'orThe Ment’or BKB Foundation (founded by Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse) supports Team USA at the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition and mentors up-and-coming culinary talent in the USA. Earlier this year Chef Vincenzo Loseto of The Nomad in New York won the prestigious honors as the 2016 Young Chef. He’s been on quite a ride since then. We’ll meet him.

Vincenzo’s winning presentation was Veal Tenderloin with Oyster Mushroom and Herb Mousseline. The judges included Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse and Team USA 2015 alum, Chef Philip Tessier.

Since then Chef Vincenzo has staged at Noma in Copenhagen, one of the World’s most acclaimed restaurants. He was also just with Team USA in Lyon in advance of the 2017 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. Currently he’s assisting Team USA 2017 (Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone) in the intense training for the upcoming competition in the USA replica kitchen suite of the Bocuse d’Or in Yountville.

Chef Vincenzo will also preview the Bocuse d’Or 2017 Team USA VIP Experience. There is the extraordinary opportunity for discriminating food tourists to accompany Team USA to the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon with VIP status at every stop. Talk about the ultimate gift for a very special foodie…

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Show 179, July 9, 2016: Chef Cesar Gutierrez, Café Boulud, New York, ment’or BKB’s Young Chef Competition

Cesar GutierrezMent’or BKB Foundation Chef Founders, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse hosted the 2016 Young Chef Competition at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York on June 8th to identify up-and-coming culinary leaders and provide them with the opportunity to work alongside Team USA 2017.

Cesar Gutierrez, Executive Sous Chef, Café Boulud, NY (and a C-CAP graduate) finished in Second Place. His assistant was Esther Ha also of Café Boulud. We’ll meet Chef Guitierrez.

The Young Chef competitors prepared one dish that featured one Veal Rack and Veal Sweetbreads and/or Veal Osso provided by Marcho Farms.

Chef Guitierrez will be going to Lyon, France in February of next year to stage with Team USA (Chef Mathew Peters (Per Se, NYC) and Commis Harrison Turone) competing in the Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition.

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Show 176, June 18, 2016: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group, Huntington Beach

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosChef Andrew Gruel is in Manhattan this week exhibiting at the International Franchise Expo at Javits Center. We’ll pull him away from the action on the show floor for a chat.

Of course Chef Andrew has been dining while in New York. He talks about his meal in SoHo at Keith McNally’s classic, Balthazar. Also on the dine-around is OatMeals, the world’s first oatmeal bar, located in Lower Manhattan.

He’ll also talk about his debut experience at last Saturday’s Tacolandia on Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. It was super busy serving 1,700 Slapfish lobster tacos to a sold-out crowd…

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Show 166, April 2, 2016: Executive Chef/Partner Michael Lomonaco, Porter House Bar and Grill, New York

Michael LomonacoFor the last ten years Chef Michael Lomonaco has been at the culinary helm of Porter House New York at 10 Columbus Circle in Time Warner Center. After a carefully orchestrated month’s renovation the establishment has reopened as Porter House Bar & Grill. With a deep appreciation for a decade spent showcasing the breadth of the American table, the revamping of Porter House Bar and Grill sets the stage for the long-term future of the establishment.

Michael Lomonaco, Chef and Managing Partner of Porter House Bar and Grill, has dedicated his life to the American kitchen, celebrating the generosity and abundance of the American spirit with food that is equally bountiful, bold and filled with flavor.

A native New Yorker and veteran of the New York restaurant scene, Chef Lomonaco has brought his cuisine and leadership to some of New York’s most iconic restaurants. Along with returning glory to the storied ‘21 Club’, reviving the reputation to the magnificent Windows on the World and the memorable Wild Blue, Chef Lomonaco has been a well-respected, long-term participant in New York’s food world.

Chef Lomonaco serves on the Board of Trustees of The James Beard Foundation.

In 2006 Chef Lomonaco teamed up with Kenneth Himmel, an esteemed developer and restaurant operator, to bring Porter House New York and the neighboring Center Bar to the Time Warner Center.

Chef Lomonaco is hands-on and spends most of his time at the restaurant. Be sure to say hello the next time you’re in New York. Mention that you heard him on the “SoCal Restaurant Show.”

We’ll hear what’s new from Chef Lomonaco himself.

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Show 155, January 16, 2016: Show Preview Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Andy Harris and Linda Kissam at the IFWTWEA booth at the San Diego Travel and Adventure ShowThe 3rd Annual Travel & Adventure Show is at the San Diego Convention Center in Hall B this weekend, January 16th and 17th. “The SoCal Restaurant Show” is broadcasting live from the Show on Saturday morning, January 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. Planning your next vacation has never been easier.

We’ll be joined by knowledgeable representatives from both incredible domestic and international travel destinations. We’ll be discovering Texas, Taiwan, Catalina Island, Cajun Country Louisiana, Thailand and Ventura. Food tourism will always be part of the very tasty conversation.

In conclusion, John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm, the event’s producer, joins us with a rundown of what’s in store for the rest of the weekend in San Diego. There are upcoming Travel & Adventure Show weekends in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Instagram fans, please note. Our enterprising social media coordinator, Adam Bell of dataTV, has just returned from a week of feasting in New York. He’s documented his extensive food tour of New York on our Instagram feed It’s everything from the incredible EATALY to the pinnacle of gourmet seafood fine dining at Chef Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin.

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

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Show 151, December 19, 2015: Chef Mathew Peters, Executive Sous Chef, Per Se, NY, Team USA 2017

Mathew PetersIt was an intense competition to select Team USA 2017. It was a four hour and 35 minute marathon for each team. There was a separate judging panel for the fish dish and the meat platter.

The Chef Jury members’ decision was for Chef Mathew Peters, Executive Sous Chef, Per Se, NYC. His commis is Harrison Turone.  Chef Mathew will lead Team USA for 2017 and train intensively for the next year! Chef Mathew Peters joins us.

Meat Platter from Matthew Peters at the Team USA selection for the Bocuse d'OrChef Peters grew up in Meadville, Pennsylvania and began cooking as a teenager with his family. As a senior in high school, he was inspired to cook professionally after he was captivated by the “Great Chefs of the World” TV show.

After years of honing his skills at the Ritz-Carlton Naples (Florida) Chef Peters accepted his first job in New York City at Adour Alain Ducasse. He continued to work there until offered a position at Per Se in 2009.

Chef Peters worked his way up at Per Se from Commis to Chef de Partie, and eventually up to Sous Chef. Shortly after he became a Sous Chef at Per Se, Chef Keller offered him the opportunity to work as a Sous Chef at his flagship restaurant, The French Laundry. Her spent two years there, and was promoted back to Per Se as Executive Sous Chef in February 2012.

Fish Platter from Matthew Peters at the Team USA selection for the Bocuse d'OrAs Executive Sous Chef, Chef Peters oversees and manages the staff, runs service, and creates a new menu each day. His intense focus and attention to detail allows him to flourish in such a notable 3 Michelin star kitchen, inspiring younger cooks to do just the same.

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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.

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Show 147, November 21, 2015: Lidia Bastianich, Chef, Restaurateur & TV Personality Continues…

Lidia BastianichLidia  is one of the best-loved chefs on television, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Lidia has married her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Her newest cookbook is Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine written with her daughter, Tanya.

On the “SoCal Restaurant Show” we’re fans of rabbit. So is Chef Lidia. She explains why there should be a place on the American table for this beloved Italian dish. It’s available seasonally at Lidia’s flagship, Felidia restaurant in New York.

“Rabbit is one of my favorite meats; it is light, it is tasty, and it’s healthy, low in fat and easy to cook. It is not a terribly expensive meat, and environmentally it makes sense.” From Lidia’s Mastering The Art of Italian Cuisine.

When Pope Francis was in New York at the end of September, Lidia and her team had the distinct honor of cooking two breakfasts, a lunch, and two dinners for the Pope and his modest 14-person entourage. She even had coffee with him. We’ll hear about this unique experience and career highlight. This is actually the 2nd Pope she has cooked for.

 

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Show 137, September 5, 2015: The Halal Guys, Thomas Pham, SoCal Franchisee

Halal GuysAfter 25 years in business, The Halal Guys are expanding from New York’s City’s most popular food cart to its first West Coast brick-and-mortar fast casual location in Costa Mesa (opening soon). They expect to launch 5 SoCal locations by the end of the year. That’s ambitious…

In New York the cart is famous for “The Never-Ending Line.” Well-known for its gyro sandwiches, chicken-and-rice platters and mystery white sauce, The Halal Guys menu offers a mix of various Middle Eastern dishes.

The Halal Guys grew from its humble beginnings as a food cart on the streets of New York City to a global icon known as the largest American halal street food concept in the world. This Manhattan-based landmark was created by three like-minded men from Egypt who came to America in search of a lucrative life.

When Mohamed Abouelenein, Ahmed Elsaka and Abdelbaset Elsayed noticed many Muslim cab drivers in New York were looking for a place to buy meals in Manhattan, they created their first food cart and quickly grew into a leading tourist and native New Yorker destination for American Halal fare.

In 2013, The Halal Guys were ranked the most popular food truck reviewed on FourSquare and the third most Yelped restaurant in the United States in 2014.

The area franchisee for SoCal, Thomas Pham, joins us.

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