Show 499, November 12, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The countdown to Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24th continues. As an experienced restaurant chef with a lot fine-dining experience Chef Andrew wants all home cooks to have a stress-free and uneventful Thanksgiving. Chef Andrew continues to share his genuinely useful Thanksgiving cooking tips. If you find a turkey to your liking the question then is to spatchcock or not…Side dishes, including the stuffing, make the Thanksgiving table and Chef Andrew, of course, has some tasty thoughts. Next week the Turkey Day conversation continues with a focus on amping up the side dishes.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.

Show 496, October 22, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

It’s no secret that finding reliable employees for both the front and back-of-the-house in the restaurant business is currently a challenge. Once you hire and train good employees the next hurdle is actually retaining them. Chef Andrew is about to debut his new, full-service Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. We’ll explore the current staffing challenge dilemma with him.

Chef Andrew and Lauren Gruel have a new fast casual concept, Burger 101, coming soon to the 2-level, Kitchen United complex on the 3rd St. Promenade in Santa Monica. It’s Chef Andrew’s version of a value-priced, honest burger (and loaded fries) using quality ingredients including a premium burger patty sourced from West Coast Prime Meats.

Chef Andrew is currently hosting a fun recipe contest to coincide with the soon-to-open Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. If your original recipe is the winner that dish permanently goes on Calico’s menu (credited to you) and every time you visit Calico Fish House you can enjoy your creation absolutely free for a full year. That’s a deal. Details on Calico’s Instagram feed.

Show 495, October 15, 2022: Anne Marie Panoringan, Voice of OC’s Food Columnist – OC Restaurant News

Food Journalist Anne Marie Panoringan

Anne Marie Panoringan is Voice of OC’s well-informed food columnist. She reports industry news, current events and trends. The column publishes every other Friday.

Anne Marie continues with us in-studio to talk about her current column highlighting the culinary activities of Chefs Ross Pangilinan and Nick Weber at both South Coast Plaza and the nearby newly opened Orange County Museum of Art.

Anne Marie also discusses the relaunched Henry’s Coastal Cuisine at The Waterfront Resort with Chef Lewis Butler as part of a recent column on new dining spots in Huntington Beach and has a look at The Culinary Lab which is a subject of her upcoming Oct. 21st column.

Show 494, October 8, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The Season of Holiday cooking is soon on the horizon…Is it always better with butter as culinary icon Julia Child suggested? Chef Andrew discusses the ins and outs of using butter in cooking. With the price of butter on the rise Chef Andrew also suggests some of his preferred brands. Chef Andrew explains with his usual insight.…

Chef Andrew is currently hosting a fun recipe contest to coincide with the opening of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. If your original recipe is the winner that dish permanently goes on Calico’s menu and every time you visit Calico Fish House you can enjoy your creation absolutely free for a full year. That’s a deal. Details on Calico’s Instagram feed.

Show 493, October 1, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of Big Parm and the Calico Fish House

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

More and more of us are working the principals of the Mediterranean Diet into our meals. Olive oil is an important component. How do you use the various grades of olive oil in your cooking? Where does Extra Virgin olive oil fit into all of this? What dishes should it be used with? Chef Andrew provides the informative overview.

Chef Andrew also highlights what goes into preparing the ultimate fish taco just in time for National Taco Day on Oct. 4th.

Chef Andrew is currently hosting a fun recipe contest to coincide with the opening of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. If your original recipe is the winner that dish permanently goes on Calico’s menu and every time you visit Calico Fish House you can enjoy your creation absolutely free for a full year. That’s a deal. Details on Calico’s Instagram feed.

Show 492, September 24, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel, Co-Host, with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm (New Jersey-style pizza), Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

The controversial AB 257 is set to take effect on January 1, 2023. It’s known as the fast-food labor law. Chef Andrew explains the background of what it does and it’s potential impact on restaurants. There is definitely more impact to this than meets the eye…

Chef Andrew is currently hosting a fun recipe contest to coincide with the opening of Calico Fish House in Huntington Beach. If your original recipe is the winner that dish permanently goes on Calico’s menu and every time you visit Calico Fish House you can enjoy your creation absolutely free for a full year. That’s a deal. Details on Calico’s Instagram feed.

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel the Founder of Big Parm, Two Birds and the soon to launch, full-service Calico Fish House (in Huntington Beach) provides another timely and informative Ask the Chef segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

There is an important new program happening in the Gulf Coast of Florida (and elsewhere) restoring high-density clam sites and sea grass beds while creating avenues for the commercial fishing community to become more involved with environment restoration. Chef Andrew explains the importance and significant benefits. (Rescheduled from last week.)

Show 481, July 2, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

Happy (and safe) 4th of July Weekend!

Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is hosting its second annual fundraiser to support mental health: Peace of Mind: 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction on Saturday, July 23, 2022.  To support community services as well as mental health research, the 2022 Peace of Mind event will be a walk of approximately 10,000 steps or 4.5 miles across the Alma Rosa estate in Buellton benefiting two organizations: the Mental Wellness Center and One Mind.” Alma Rosa’s Winemaker, Samra Morris, joins us with all the details.

“Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Ment’or BKB Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon.  The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 Team USA returned from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.” Team USA 2023 includes Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel. The Head Coach is Bocuse d’Or veteran, Chef Robert Sulatycky. The next stop for Team USA on the long road to Lyon in January is the Bocuse d’Or Americas competition in Santiago, Chile on July 14th, representing all the countries of the American continent. Eight teams will be vying for the five places to advance to the Grand Finale in Lyon. Taking a short break to join us from the intensive practice sessions at the Ment’or Training Kitchen at the Copia Campus in Napa of the Culinary Institute of America are Team USA’s Head Coach Robert Sulatycky and Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi.

Under the direction of Guittard Chocolate Company’s acclaimed Executive Pastry Chef Donald Wressell, the Guittard Chocolate Studio in Culver City offers hands-on workshops with prominent chefs, chocolatiers and bakers for a unique opportunity for cooking professionals and serious home cooks to learn new skills, finesse techniques and expand on their chocolate knowledge.

Next on this year’s class schedule is Market Driven Desserts with Della Gossett (Executive Pastry Chef for Wolfgang Puck’s Spago) and Roxana Jullapat (Co-Proprietor and Pastry Chef for Friends & Family in Hollywood.) It’s a 2-day course on July 13 & 14th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chefs Donald Wressell, Della Gossett and Roxana Jullapat join us rolling pin firmly in hand.

“Exciting culinary events are now underway at the Palms Casino Resort in the wake of the Las Vegas property’s recent grand reopening. Palms and Vegas Test Kitchen have unleashed an unparalleled pop-up, Greene Street Test Kitchen, to the Las Vegas valley. Guests are now enjoying a taste test of a wide variety of cuisine from three local chefs every Friday and Saturday night, continuing through July 30. From Polynesian Chinese inspired dining to American Italian cuisine, chefs Josh Bianchi, Crystina Nguyen, Bryan Tejada and Gary FX LaMorte will be trying out new concepts at the Greene Street Test Kitchen. Two rotating concepts remain on the debut schedule.” Producer Jolene Mannina joins us from Vegas Test Kitchen.

Chef Andrew Gruel has some exciting personal business news in his “Ask the Chef” segment. Chef Andrew and his wife, Lauren, have amicably sold their interest in Slapfish (founded ten years ago) to their former Houston-based partners. Next up is the creation of a new restaurant management enterprise. First is a launch of a fresh seafood restaurant and full bar with table service in the former Fish Camp location on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Look for a September opening. Also, the Big Parm NJ-style, fast-casual pizza concept will be expanding and Chef Andrew’s popular Two Birds chicken restaurant will reopen in a new location.

All of this and heaping helpings of extra deliciousness on this week’s not-to-miss show!

Show 481, July 2, 2022: Chef Andrew Gruel with “Ask the Chef”

Chef Andrew Gruel savoring a New Jersey style Pizza

Chef Andrew Gruel has some exciting personal business news in his “Ask the Chef” segment.

Chef Andrew and his wife, Lauren, have amicably sold their interest in Slapfish (founded ten years ago) to their former Houston-based partners. Next up is the creation of a new restaurant management enterprise. First is a launch of a fresh seafood restaurant and full bar with table service in the former Fish Camp location on Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach. Look for a September opening. Also, the Big Parm NJ-style, fast-casual pizza concept will be expanding and Chef Andrew’s popular Two Birds chicken restaurant will reopen in a new location.

Show 475, May 21, 2022: “Ask the Chef” with Co-host Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at Cabana 14 at the Cove at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group provides another timely and informative “Ask the Chef” segment where Chef Andrew responds to listeners thoughtful inquiries.

First Chef Andrew updates us on the unfortunate fate of the Small Business COVID Relief Act of 2022 in the U.S. Senate.

On Thursday, May 21st Chef Andrew was the co-headlining chef for Outstanding in the Field’s 5-course, sustainable seafood, wine-paired dinner on the Huntington Beach Pier as part of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl. This was postponed from last year after the nearby pipeline oil spill.

Chef Andrew’s main course (he also prepared passed hors d’oeuvres) was OC Wild Seafood sculpin and brown box crab with pickled vegetables grown by students at Huntington Beach High School.

The distinguished culinary team (including Chef Chris Tompkins of Malibu’s Broad Street Oyster Co.) cooked for a sold-out crowd of 225 discriminating guests all seated together on one long table. Chef Andrew shares the details of the unusual experience.