Show 247, November 11, 2017: Executive Chef Matthew Kirkley, COI, San Francisco & Chef Robert Sulatycky, Head Coach, Team USA 2019

Matthew KirkleyWe’ve actively followed (since 2014,) and reported on, Team USA in their long pursuit of winning a place on the medals stand for the biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. Team USA 2015 headed by Chef Philip Tessier took the Silver Medal (just missing the Gold) and Team USA 2017 headed by Chef Mathew Peters earned the Gold in 2017, an incredible first for Team USA.

Team USA 2019 was just selected in a fierce five and one-half hour competition on Thursday, Nov. 9th at The Venetian Resort’s Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas. The three competing chef candidates are Ben Grupe, Elaia & Olio, St. Louis, MO; Jeffrey Hayashi, Mourad, San Francisco, CA; and Matthew Kirkley, COI, San Francisco, CA.

We’ll talk to Matthew Kirkley, the winning chef to head Team USA 2019 who will now train with his Commis (Mimi Chen) for the next year, and then helm Team USA 2019 in Lyon. Also, Team USA 2019 Head Coach, Robert Sulatycky. Next stop (in April 2018) for Team USA 2019 is the Americas Selection in Mexico City.

The Ment’or Young Chef & Commis Competitions were held on November 8, 2017 in Las Vegas and featured five young chef teams and six Commis candidates who competed in the kitchen of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Winners from each competition will choose from a cash prize or the unique opportunity to train alongside Bocuse d’Or Team USA 2019.

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Show 246, November 4, 2017: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris

Now an enticing preview of Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Earlier in the year we introduced you to the pride of southern BBQ, the Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta. The youthful owner/ chefs are Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee. They are featured in the “Smokehouse Stories and Recipes” section of Matt Moore’s The South’s Best Butts – Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection.

Executive Producer Andy Harris recently made the pilgrimage to Heirloom. It was as good as Matt promised and an experience. Chefs Cody and Jiyeon are our guests.

Executive Producer Andy Harris was in Roswell, GA (an incorporated City of 95,000 in the greater Atlanta area with a lot of living Civil War history) in early October with fellow members of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.) In this show we continue our coverage of the best of Roswell with a chat with Chris Nelson, the new Executive Director of the 120,000 member Chattahoochee Nature Center.

The much-honored Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim was the recipient this year of The Golden Foodie Award for the Best Entrée in Orange County. That is Executive Chef Michael Rossi’s signature Cowboy Ribeye. That’s a 58oz. bone-in rib chop with Grafton Farms white cheddar scalloped potatoes and Sauce Bordelaise. Oh yea…We’ll get Chef Michael out of the kitchen to chat about the extraordinary project that is The Ranch Restaurant.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with kitchens and scoop shops in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek is our guest.

2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize came up with the idea of ​​promoting and elevating the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and the creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. The goal of this 10-day, great party was to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table. Chef Thierry Blouet joins us from his sister Café des Artistes in Los Cabos.

Raise a Glass For Wine Country Benefit

Long Beach’s Chianina Steakhouse and Michael’s On Naples Ristorante are joining together the evening of Wednesday, November 15th to raise money to support the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and The Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. The only expense deduction from the $175 ticket price is for the servers’ gratuity. All other monies are being donated so you know your dollars are really going to support the relief effort! For Tickets to this event, you can order here or also from here.

Bocuse d’Or Team USA Update

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orEarlier in the year in Lyon, France Team USA led by Chef Mathew Peters earned the Gold statue in the prestigious, biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. It was a proud first for USA in the long history of the Bocuse d’Or.

In Las Vegas on Thursday, November 9th at The Palazzo Ballroom at the Palazzo & Venetian Resorts in Las Vegas 3 chefs will compete for the right to represent Team USA 2019 in Lyon. It’s an all-day event and spectator tickets are available. The day before in Las Vegas is the 2017 Ment’or Young Chef & Commis Competitions. Also a fun spectator event.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

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November 4: Heirloom Market BBQ, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Michael Rossi, Salt & Straw, Thierry Blouet

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chefs Cody Taylor & Jiyeon Lee, Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta
Segment Three: Chris Nelson, Executive Director, Chattahooche Nature Center, Roswell, GA
Segment Four: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant
Segment Five: Tyler Malek, Co-Founder & Head Ice Cream Maker, Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Segment Six: Chef Thierry Blouet, Café des Artistes, Festival Gourmet International, Puerto Vallarta

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s mouthwatering show. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case, upon careful reflection, that’s probably a pretty good thing…

Earlier in the year we introduced you to the pride of southern BBQ, the Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta. The youthful owner/ chefs are Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee. They are featured in the “Smokehouse Stories and Recipes” section of Matt Moore’s The South’s Best Butts – Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection.

Executive Producer Andy Harris recently made the pilgrimage to Heirloom. It was as good as Matt promised and an experience. Chefs Cody and Jiyeon are our guests.

Executive Producer Andy Harris was in Roswell, GA (an incorporated City of 95,000 in the greater Atlanta area with a lot of living Civil War history) in early October with fellow members of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.) In this show we continue our coverage of the best of Roswell with a chat with Chris Nelson, the new Executive Director of the 120,000 member Chattahoochee Nature Center.

The much-honored Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim was the recipient this year of The Golden Foodie Award for the Best Entrée in Orange County. That is Executive Chef Michael Rossi’s signature Cowboy Ribeye. That’s a 58oz. bone-in rib chop with Grafton Farms white cheddar scalloped potatoes and Sauce Bordelaise. Oh yea…We’ll get Chef Michael out of the kitchen to chat about the extraordinary project that is The Ranch Restaurant.

Salt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with kitchens and scoop shops in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek is our guest.

Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all-natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world. The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011. Scoops of handmade, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each shop with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors.

2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize came up with the idea of ​​promoting and raising up the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. The goal of this 10-day, great party was to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table. Chef Thierry Blouet joins us from his Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta.

Bocuse d’Or Team USA Update

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orEarlier in the year in Lyon, France Team USA led by Chef Mathew Peters earned the Gold statue in the prestigious, biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. It was a proud first for USA in the long history of the Bocuse d’Or.

In Las Vegas on Thursday, November 9th at The Palazzo Ballroom at the Palazzo & Venetian Resorts in Las Vegas 3 chefs will compete for the right to represent Team USA 2019 in Lyon. It’s an all-day event and spectator tickets are available. The day before in Las Vegas is the 2017 Ment’or Young Chef & Commis Competitions. Also a spectator event.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s show!

Jiyeon Lee and Cody TaylorEarlier in the year we introduced you to the pride of southern BBQ, the Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta established in 2010. The youthful owner/chefs are Cody Taylor and Jiyeon Lee. They are prominently featured in the “Smokehouse Stories and Recipes” section of Matt Moore’s The South’s Best Butts – Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection.

Atlanta Magazine has consistently recognized them as one of the “50 Best Restaurants in Atlanta.” Quite an honor for a modest establishment which is housed in 720 sq. ft. and is essentially to-go because much the limited patio seating is stand up.

Chef Jiyeon is Korean so one of the available winning sauces is KB Sauce (Korean BBQ Sauce) with a dash of sweet heat. It’s mouthwatering American BBQ with an unintentional Korean influence.

Pork is the house specialty here but all the meats are worthy of deserved praise. Don’t miss the unusual Kimchi Slaw.

Executive Producer Andy Harris recently made the pilgrimage to Heirloom. It really was as good as Matt promised and an experience to see during the lunch rush.

Chefs Cody and Jiyeon are our guests.

Chris NelsonExecutive Producer Andy Harris was in Roswell, GA (an incorporated City of 95,000 in the greater Atlanta area with a lot of living Civil War history) in early October with fellow members of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA.) In this show we continue our coverage of the best of Roswell with a chat with Chris Nelson, the new Executive Director of the 120,000 member Chattahoochee Nature Center founded in 1976 by local citizens.

CNC is the oldest and largest private, non-profit natural science learning center in the Southeast. This environmental sanctuary encompasses 30 species of native wildlife and 127 acres of native plants and gardens.

Follow the “Wildlife Walk” to view beaver and native birds of prey including owls, hawks and bald eagles. Hike the woodland trails or wander the boardwalk. Visit the gardens, and explore the Discovery Center. A true nature-lover’s paradise.

One of the most noteworthy efforts at the Chattahoochee Nature Center is The Unity Garden. It was established in April 2010 with a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente. The quarter-acre garden has three goals: Production, Donation, and Education.

The Unity Garden grows fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The Unity Garden uses sustainable gardening practices, found and recycled resources, and focuses on producing healthy plants in healthy soil. The garden is tended by a garden coordinator, as well as dedicated individual volunteers. Most of the fresh produce grown in the Unity Garden is donated to the food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities. CNC delivers fresh vegetables and greens once or twice a week. The Unity Garden is in year-round production. To date, CNC has delivered over 27,000 pounds of fresh produce.

Michael Rossi of the Ranch Restaurant and SaloonThe much-honored Ranch Restaurant in Anaheim was the recipient this year of The Golden Foodie Award for the Best Entrée in Orange County. That is Executive Chef Michael Rossi’s signature Cowboy Ribeye. That’s a 58oz. bone-in rib chop with Grafton Farms white cheddar scalloped potatoes and Sauce Bordelaise. Oh yea…

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon is an upscale fine dining and country music establishment located on the ground floor of Extron Electronics corporate headquarters in Anaheim. It also offers a luxurious private dining and events center on the sixth floor of the same building. A personal vision and dream of Extron President and Owner Andrew Edwards, THE RANCH comprises a rustic yet elegantly styled restaurant based on regional American cuisine and fine wines.

THE RANCH delivers a notable combination of a quality culinary experience with a seasonally driven menu emphasizing the best local ingredients. Many of the fresh fruits and vegetables used on the menu (and at the bar) are grown on The Ranch’s own farm in Orange.

We’ll get Chef Michael out of the busy kitchen to chat about the extraordinary project that is The Ranch Restaurant.

Tyler MalekSalt & Straw Ice Cream is a family-run, chef-driven ice cream company with kitchens and scoop shops in Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles (5 locations in the L.A. area) that partners with local artisans, producers and farmers to serve unusually creative and absolutely delicious ice cream. Co-Founder and Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek is our guest.

Each ice cream is handmade in small batches using only all-natural cream from local farms in each city. Flavors showcase the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients from Oregon and Southern California farmers and artisans as well as imported flavors from small hand-picked farms from around the world.

The company started in Portland, OR serving eight flavors from an ice cream cart in May of 2011. Scoops of handmade, small batch ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and floats as well as pints to go are available at each shop with an ice cream sommelier of sorts who will gladly take you through a tasting of all the flavors.

“LOVE AND PASSION – THE SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE GOOD!”

Thierry Blouet2017 marks twenty-three years of the Festival Gourmet International in Puerto Vallarta featuring the talent and creations of over 30 chefs. In 1995 Chefs Thierry Blouet and Heinz Reize came up with the idea of ​​promoting and raising up the culinary level of this region to competitive international standards, interacting with new methods and creativity of highly qualified Chefs from around the globe. Over 500,000 gourmet food fans have attended over the years along with close to 600 participating celebrity chefs.

The goal of this 10-day, great party was to strengthen the gastronomy of Puerto Vallarta as an exemplary showcase and to promote the destination through the excellence of the good table.

It’s a full schedule of culinary activities including chef tastings events, culinary safaris, seasonal tastings and themed nights offering distinct dishes from cities from around the world. Distinguished restaurants from Puerto Vallarta’s different zones will be participating.

In addition to all the special events every night of the 10-day Festival is the Gourmet Dine Around.” Each night each of the 27 participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants and hotels serve a special menu offering creations and delicacies crafted by the respective guest chef.

“The SoCal Restaurant Show” will be broadcasting live from Puerto Vallarta’s Festival Gourmet International on Saturday morning, November 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. PT.

Chef Thierry Blouet joins us from his flagship Café des Artistes in Puerto Vallarta.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Chefs Cody Taylor & Jiyeon Lee, Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta
Segment Three: Chris Nelson, Executive Director, Chattahooche Nature Center, Roswell, GA
Segment Four: Executive Chef Michael Rossi, The Ranch Restaurant
Segment Five: Tyler Malek, Co-Founder & Head Ice Cream Maker, Salt & Straw Ice Cream
Segment Six: Chef Thierry Blouet, Café des Artistes, Festival Gourmet International, Puerto Vallarta

Show 211, February 18, 2017: Chef Mathew Peters, Gold Medalist, Team USA, 2017 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition

We’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon.

Mathew Peters“On January 25, 2017, Team USA 2017 was the first American team to win Gold at the Bocuse d’Or! This is an extraordinary accomplishment and words cannot adequately express how proud we are of Chef Mathew Peters, Commis Harrison Turone and Head Coach Philip Tessier. This historic win would not have been possible without our designer, Martin Kastner, and his team from Crucial Detail. We would also like to extend our congratulations to all of the teams who competed this year – it was an incredible display of culinary excellence.” – Young Yun, Executive Director, ment’or BKB Foundation

Team USA’s Bocuse d’Or world champion, Chef Mathew Peters (ex-per se), joins us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States.

Next for Chef Matt is securing a site for his own dream restaurant. It’s very preliminary but it could possibly be Northern California or Austin, Texas. We’ll keep you posted.

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Show 211, February 18, 2017: Young Yun, Executive Director, ment’or BKB Foundation

We’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon.

Young Yun“We knew the world was watching ever since Chef Philip Tessier made the podium for the first time in 2015, and expectations were very high for Team USA this year. Nine years ago, our Founding Chefs Boulud, Keller and Bocuse, made a promise to Monsieur Paul Bocuse that we would win Gold and we are so proud of this team for realizing his dream. They carried quite a weight on their shoulders and carried it with exemplary grace, strength, and leadership.” – Young Yun

Team USA’s primary backer and inspiration, ment’or BKB Foundation (represented by Executive Director Young Yun), joins us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States and also discuss the other programs ment’or sponsors and organizes to encourage young culinary talent and the Team USA competitors of the future.

Congratulations Team USA 2017!

Go Team USA 2019 !

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Show 209, February 4, 2017: Show Preview with Andy Harris, Co-Host & Executive Producer & Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group

Golden Mike AwardNow an enticing preview of this Saturday’s overflowing show with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

First our heartiest congratulations to our colleague, Jeane Blunt, the Assistant Production Manager here at AM 830 KLAA. She Produced The Golden Mike Award winning-segment (at the 67th Annual Golden Mike Awards Presentation) for Best Community Affairs Show (How CPR saves lives) with veteran on-air personality Tammy Trujillo.

An award-winning, handcrafted toffee, B. toffee’s “crunchy perfection of sweetness” offers, perhaps, the ultimate chocolate indulgence. (Think Valentine’s Day…) Combining only the finest, freshest, and most natural ingredients, Newport Beach local Betsy Thagard spent years of passionate experimenting to create the perfect toffee. Betsy is our guest.

John Kunkel’s (50 Eggs, Inc.) lauded Yardbird Southern Table & Bar first roosted at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in January of 2015. The original is in Miami. A new 50 Eggs, Inc. concept will soon open next door to Yardbird (in the former db Brasserie space) at The Venetian. John is here with all the details.

One of the early stars of Food Network, Chef Sara Moulton, is back with us. Her new book is Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101 – How to Make Everything Taste Better.

We gladly support our active duty service-people. We got a call from an Active-Duty Marine. He requested a primer on cooking duck. Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue. We aim to please…

We’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

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

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Show 209, February 4, 2017: Team USA Head Coach Chef Philip Tessier, Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orWe’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

Kudos to Team USA’s Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrision Turone

USA’s Team USA Coach, Chef Philip Tessier, joins us now.

Team USA Coach Philip Tessier (who is also the Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director) is no stranger to the Bocuse d’Or. In 2015 he represented Team USA and was awarded the Silver Medal.

This was the first time in the (then) 28-year history of Bocuse d’Or that an American chef had been on the Victory Stand. Incredibly, only 9 points (out of a maximum of 2,000) separated Gold and Silver in 2015.

Previously from a field of 24 countries the USA had never placed higher than 6th.

 

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Show 209, February 4, 2017: Team USA Vice President Chef Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Gavin kaysenWe’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

Kudos to Team USA’s Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrision Turone

USA’s Team USA Vice President, Gavin Kaysen, joins us now. He is the James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef/Proprietor of Spoon & Stable in Minneapolis. On the way is the new Bellecour, on downtown Wayzata’s (Minnesota) Lake Street. It’s a French bistro which is a tribute to his French chef mentors over the years including Daniel Boulud.

Chef Gavin competed previously in the Bocuse d’Or in 2007 when he was the Executive Chef of El Bizcocho (now closed) in San Diego. This was way before the support network for Team USA from ment’or BKB Foundation was in place. He was pretty much on his own

Kaysen knows Chef Paul Bocuse, and shares some wonderful stories. You’ll learn the inspiring reason of why the America flag flies at Chef Bocuse’s landmark restaurant in Lyon.

 

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February 4: Gold Medalists Team USA from Bocuse d’Or, B. Toffee, Yardbird Southern Table, Sara Moulton

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Andy Harris, Co-Host & Executive Producer & Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Betsy Thagard, Founder, B. toffee, Newport Beach
Segment Three: John Kunkel, 50 Eggs, Inc & Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, Las Vegas
Segment Four: Chef Sara Moulton, Public Television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals”
Segment Five: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder & Chief Seafood Officer, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Six: Team USA Head Coach Chef Philip Tessier, Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director
Segment Seven: Team USA Vice President Chef Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s overflowing show with Co-Hosts Andy Harris and Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group. It’s not, with profuse apologies, for dieters. If we’re successful we will always leave you incredibly hungry and thirsty. In our case that’s actually a pretty good thing…

An award-winning, handcrafted toffee, B. toffee’s “crunchy perfection of sweetness” offers, perhaps, the ultimate chocolate indulgence. (Think Valentine’s Day…) Combining only the finest, freshest, and most natural ingredients, Newport Beach local Betsy Thagard spent years of passionate experimenting to create the perfect toffee. Betsy is our guest.

New for 2017 is Mesa’s (Costa Mesa) Chef’s Tables which will occur every Tuesday evening. Each month will host a unique musical inspiration and theme. Instead of only having one shot at experiencing Chef Niki Starr’s specialty menu, guests will have multiple opportunities to attend, and at a lower price. Chef Niki joins us with a preview of the February menu.

John Kunkel’s (50 Eggs, Inc.) lauded Yardbird Southern Table & Bar landed at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in January of 2015. The original is in Miami. A new 50 Eggs, Inc. concept will soon open next door to Yardbird (in the former db Brasserie space) at The Venetian. John is here with all the details.

One of the early stars of Food Network, Chef Sara Mouton, is back with us. Her new book is Sara Moutlton’s Home Cooking 101 – How to Make Everything Taste Better.

We support our active duty service-people. We got a call from an Active-Duty Marine. He requested a primer on cooking duck. Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue. We aim to please…

We’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

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

Betsy ThagardAn award-winning, handcrafted toffee, B. toffee’s “crunchy perfection of sweetness” offers the ultimate indulgence. (Think Valentine’s Day…) Combining only the finest, freshest, and most natural ingredients, Newport Beach local Betsy Thagard spent years of passionate experimenting to create the perfect toffee. At first she only shared it with friends as an anxiously anticipated Holiday Gift. Now it’s thoughtfully available to us all.

Today, B. toffee is growing nationwide with premiere placement at the country’s most noted gourmet markets and specialty stores. B. toffee is recognized as a superior quality product with its sophisticated, sleek packaging being described as a “crunchy perfection of sweetness” and has also taken a bite out of the corporate, and party favor market.

Most recently B. toffee received top GOLD honors for “Top Toffee” and “Best Packaging” by the Taste Awards in San Francisco, CA. Also awarded the “Official Toffee” at The Golden Foodie Awards-the highest Culinary Foodie Awards in Orange County, CA.

Demand has increased to the point where B. toffee has recently relocated to a much larger production and packaging facility. The product is still attentively made and packaged by hand in small batches.

“Sharing my B. toffee product with the world has been a dream come true, and I am so proud and honored by the partnerships developed over the past year,” said Thagard.  “The move to the new facility will allow B. toffee to continue to grow, and, in turn, dedicate more resources to a project close to my heart, the B. Giving Initiative, which, in conjunction with local charities, allows for B. toffee to impact the community in a positive way.”

Betsy is our guest.

John KunkelJohn Kunkel’s (50 Eggs, Inc.) lauded Yardbird Southern Table & Bar landed at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas in January of 2015. The original is in Miami. The motto is “Southern from Scratch,” a modern take on Southern fare.

Founded by John Kunkel, 50 Eggs, Inc. is a multi-faceted, full-service culinary and hospitality firm focused on developing cutting-edge brands with unparalleled dining experiences. Named Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in the Land”, 50 Eggs, Inc. owns and operates the James Beard-nominated and award winning Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami and Las Vegas, Swine Southern Table & Bar in Miami, and Spring Chicken in South Beach, Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami International Airport.

50 Eggs, Inc. will open its first international location in 2017, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. The brand’s first Latin concept, CHICA, will open at the Venetian Las Vegas in 2017 (in the former db Brasserie space). The menu is from acclaimed chef, Lorena Garcia.

John is here with all the details.

Sara MoultonChef Sara Moulton was one of the first breakout stars of the then embryonic Food Network and is currently the host of Public Television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.” She is also the author of the Associated Press column “Kitchen Wise.”

Her newest cookbook is the ambitious, Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101: How to Make Everything Taste Better.

Not just a collection of wonderful recipes, HOME COOKING 101 is a teaching manual aimed at the home cook. The recipes will indeed make it easier to put dinner on the table on a weeknight, but, as Sara notes in her introduction, “more important is that each recipe specifically demonstrates a tip or method that can make you a better and more confident cook while also teaching you to make your dishes taste better.”

Accordingly, the book’s first chapter is a compact and handy rulebook entitled “The Ten Basics of Good Home Cooking.” It advises the home cook as follows:

  • Shake hands with your stove
  • Buy a good knife
  • Get organized
  • Follow the recipe exactly the first time you make it
  • Dispense with mise en place
  • Reach for the salt
  • Balance flavors
  • Build umami
  • Use all your senses
  • Don’t waste food

As for the recipes, there are 150 of them—all new and accompanied by photographs that illustrate, step-by-step, the book’s key techniques. The book also boasts guest recipes from a stellar cast of some of Sara’s favorite chefs and cookbook authors, including Rick Bayless, Amanda Cohen, Hiroko Shimbo, Jacques Torres, Marc Vetri, and Grace Young.

In sum, Sara writes, “The goal of this book is two-fold: to sharpen your sense of taste and to provide you with a raft of time-tested techniques that I hope will become second nature to you.”

We’re back in the kitchen with Chef Sara.

Andrew Gruel at the AM830 KLAA StudiosWe gladly support our active duty service-people. We got a call from an Active-Duty Marine. He requested a primer on cooking duck.

Chef Andrew Gruel to the rescue. He’s about to open Two Birds

We aim to please…

Team USA wins Hold at the 2017 Bocuse D'orWe’ve been enthusiastically following Team USA’s progress (backed by the ment’or BKB Foundation) in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition for the last five years. Late last month Team USA achieved the impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Coach Philip Tessier and Team USA Vice President Gavin Kaysen join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States. Both are former competitors in the Bocuse d’Or themselves.

Kudos to Team USA’s Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrision Turone

USA’s Team USA Coach, Chef Philip Tessier, joins us in the 1st Segment.

USA’s Team USA Vice President, Gavin Kaysen, joins us in thre 2nd Segment. He is the James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef/Proprietor of Spoon & Stable in Minneapolis.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Andy Harris, Co-Host & Executive Producer & Chef Andrew Gruel of Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Two: Betsy Thagard, Founder, B. toffee, Newport Beach
Segment Three: John Kunkel, 50 Eggs, Inc & Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, The Venetian, Las Vegas
Segment Four: Chef Sara Moulton, Public Television’s “Sara’s Weeknight Meals”
Segment Five: Chef Andrew Gruel, Founder & Chief Seafood Officer, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Six: Team USA Head Coach Chef Philip Tessier, Hestan Smart Cooking Culinary Director
Segment Seven: Team USA Vice President Chef Gavin Kaysen, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis

Show 201, December 10, 2016: Young Yun, Executive Director, Mentor BKB Foundation

Young YunYoung Yun is the Executive Director of the Ment’or BKB Foundation in New York, a charitable beneficiary of Ultimo Weekend. Ment’or is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to INSPIRING CULINARY EXCELLENCE in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.

“Our aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors.”

Will get an update from Young on the Foundation’s busy year supporting Team USA for the upcoming Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Challenge in Lyon and Ment’or’s Young Chef and Commis Competition.

Ment’or is a charitable beneficiary of Ultimo – A Weekend of Excellence.

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