Show 487, August 13, 2022: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris

When we last spoke with culinary Team USA 2023 supported by the Ment’or BKB Foundation they were on their way to Santiago, Chile to compete in the America’s Selection for Bocuse d’Or. Teams from 8 North and South American countries battled for the right of being one of the 5 Teams selected to advance to the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France in January. Team USA 2023 with Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel performed exceedingly well and were awarded First Place, and are now in rigorous training on the road to Lyon. Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun are our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA 2023.

Dono in Santa Monica is the third restaurant from Greco Entertainment Group (GEG) . Led by Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono celebrates bold and passionate flavors from Spain. Long known for his deft hand with global cuisines, this foray into pan-Spanish traditions ushers in prized ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula such as Jamón Ibérico and premium conservas, melding them with farm-fresh, locally-sourced produce. The menu features a variety of tapas (small plates), as well as large-format dishes including paella, whole grilled Sea Bass, and Piri-Piri chicken. The bar showcases a variety of house-made sangrias and a craft cocktail program from industry veteran Gabriella Mlynarcyzk. Leaning into the laid-back Spanish lifestyle, expect gin & tonic riffs, as well as well-rounded classics. The Dono wine program highlights Spanish grapes from the Iberian Peninsula and California.” Executive Chef Brendan Collins takes a break from his busy kitchens and joins us.

“TV host and do-it-yourself/lifestyle expert Maria Provenzano shows readers how to turn even life’s small moments into big celebrations, with food and crafts from scratch. Life’s everyday moments are worthy of connecting people together with food and crafts. Everyday Celebrations from Scratch by Maria Provenzano is filled with impressive (yet easy) recipes, step-by-step craft tutorials, and inspiration to set the scene–all to help you create the life you want, from scratch.”
Maria Provenzano is our guest with tasting spoon in hand.

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. Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. Chef Andrew continues his conversation about the popularity of cluck and also offers some practical tips for safely handling raw chicken at home.

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

Program Note: We’re unusually preempted for Angels Baseball on Saturday, August 20th. We’re back with a new show on August 27th. See you then…

Show 487, August 13, 2022: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part One

Gavin Kaysen of the Soigne Hosptality Group

When we last spoke with culinary Team USA 2023 supported by the Ment’or BKB Foundation they were on their way to Santiago, Chile to compete in the America’s Selection for the Bocuse d’Or. Teams from 8 North and South American countries battled for the right of being one of the 5 Teams selected to advance to the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France in January. Team USA 2023 with Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel performed exceedingly well and were awarded First Place, and are now in rigorous training on the road to Lyon. Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun are our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA 2023.

“Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel followed the Bocuse d’Or format, which gave them 5 hours and 35 minutes in which to prepare and showcase their platter interpretation of Salmon and a plated theme with quinoa. They presented their creations in front of an esteemed chef jury, including Chef Davy Tissot, Bocuse d’Or 2021 Winner and Jury President as well as Kitchen Jury Judge and Team USA’s own Bocuse d’Or 2017 Winner, Chef Matthew Peters and Tasting Jury Judge, former Team USA Bocuse d’Or 2007 competitor, Chef Gavin Kaysen.”

“Chef Kaysen, who also serves as President of Ment’or, says, “Qualifying for the Bocuse d’Or finals in January was the ultimate goal, and while we would always want to place first, we have achieved our goal. We have our eyes set on the prize in Lyon. Achieving that will take more dedication and commitment, which we are ready to give. The team is excited for the opportunity to compete on the world’s largest stage. It is an honor to be back after the past few years of distress.””

Show 487, August 13, 2022: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part Two

Young Yun

When we last spoke with culinary Team USA 2023 supported by the Ment’or BKB Foundation they were on their way to Santiago, Chile to compete in the America’s Selection for the Bocuse d’Or. Teams from 8 North and South American countries battled for the right of being one of the 5 Teams selected to advance to the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France in January. Team USA 2023 with Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel performed exceedingly well and were awarded First Place, and are now in rigorous training on the road to Lyon. Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun continue as our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA.

“Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel followed the Bocuse d’Or format, which gave them 5 hours and 35 minutes in which to prepare and showcase their platter interpretation of Salmon and a plated theme with quinoa. They presented their creations in front of an esteemed chef jury, including Chef Davy Tissot, Bocuse d’Or 2021 Winner and Jury President as well as Kitchen Jury Judge and Team USA’s own Bocuse d’Or 2017 Winner, Chef Matthew Peters and Tasting Jury Judge, former Team USA Bocuse d’Or 2007 competitor, Chef Gavin Kaysen.”

“Chef Kaysen, who also serves as President of Ment’or, says, “Qualifying for the Bocuse d’Or finals in January was the ultimate goal, and while we would always want to place first, we have achieved our goal. We have our eyes set on the prize in Lyon. Achieving that will take more dedication and commitment, which we are ready to give. The team is excited for the opportunity to compete on the world’s largest stage. It is an honor to be back after the past few years of distress.””

“Bocuse d’Or is one of the most demanding global cooking competitions, and every two years, 60 countries select one of their best chefs to represent their nation. The 24 countries that will continue onward to the finals will cook in front of thousands of cheering fans hoping to bring home the gold. Team USA made history in 2017 with a historic Gold Medal win from Chef Mathew Peters. In 2015, Chef Philip Tessier placed on the podium for the first time at Bocuse d’Or, winning the silver medal.”

August 13: Gavin Kaysen & Young Yun, Brendan Collins, Maria Provenzano

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part One
Segment Three: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono, Santa Monica Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono, Santa Monica Part Two
Segment Six: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part One
Segment Seven: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

We’re previewing the show with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris.

When we last spoke with culinary Team USA 2023 supported by the Ment’or BKB Foundation they were on their way to Santiago, Chile to compete in the America’s Selection for Bocuse d’Or. Teams from 8 North and South American countries battled for the right of being one of the 5 Teams selected to advance to the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France in January. Team USA 2023 with Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi andCommis Franco Fugel performed exceedingly well and were awarded First Place, and are now in rigorous training on the road to Lyon. Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun are our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA 2023.

“Dono in Santa Monica is the third restaurant from Greco Entertainment Group (GEG). Led by Chef/Partner Brendan Collins, Dono celebrates bold and passionate flavors from Spain. Long known for his deft hand with global cuisines, this foray into pan-Spanish traditions ushers in prized ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula such as Jamón Ibérico and premium conservas, melding them with farm-fresh, locally-sourced produce. The menu features a variety of tapas (small plates), as well as large-format dishes including paella, whole grilled Sea Bass, and Piri-Piri chicken. The bar showcases a variety of house-made sangrias and a craft cocktail program from industry veteran Gabriella Mlynarcyzk. Leaning into the laid-back Spanish lifestyle, expect gin & tonic riffs, as well as well-rounded classics. The Dono wine program highlights Spanish grapes from the Iberian Peninsula and California.” Executive Chef Brendan Collins takes a break from his busy kitchens and joins us.

“TV host and do-it-yourself / lifestyle expert Maria Provenzano shows readers how to turn even life’s small moments into big celebrations, with food and crafts from scratch. Life’s everyday moments are worthy of connecting people together with food and crafts. Everyday Celebrations from Scratch by Maria Provenzano is filled with impressive (yet easy) recipes, step-by-step craft tutorials, and inspiration to set the scene–all to help you create the life you want, from scratch.”

Maria Provenzano is our guest with tasting spoon in hand.

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. Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. Chef Andrew continues his conversation about the popularity of cluck and also offers some practical tips for safely handling raw chicken at home.

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

Gavin Kaysen of the Soigne Hosptality Group

When we last spoke with culinary Team USA 2023 supported by the Ment’or BKB Foundation they were on their way to Santiago, Chile to compete in the America’s Selection for the Bocuse d’Or. Teams from 8 North and South American countries battled for the right of being one of the 5 Teams selected to advance to the bi-annual Bocuse d’Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France in January. Team USA 2023 with Head Chef Jeffrey Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel performed exceedingly well and were awarded First Place, and are now in rigorous training on the road to Lyon. Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun are our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA 2023.

“Head Chef Jeffery Hayashi and Commis Franco Fugel followed the Bocuse d’Or format, which gave them 5 hours and 35 minutes in which to prepare and showcase their platter interpretation of Salmon and a plated theme with quinoa. They presented their creations in front of an esteemed chef jury, including Chef Davy Tissot, Bocuse d’Or 2021 Winner and Jury President as well as Kitchen Jury Judge and Team USA’s own Bocuse d’Or 2017 Winner, Chef Matthew Peters and Tasting Jury Judge, former Team USA Bocuse d’Or 2007 competitor, Chef Gavin Kaysen.”

Young Yun

“Chef Kaysen, who also serves as President of Ment’or, says, “Qualifying for the Bocuse d’Or finals in January was the ultimate goal, and while we would always want to place first, we have achieved our goal. We have our eyes set on the prize in Lyon. Achieving that will take more dedication and commitment, which we are ready to give. The team is excited for the opportunity to compete on the world’s largest stage. It is an honor to be back after the past few years of distress.””

“Bocuse d’Or is one of the most demanding global cooking competitions, and every two years, 60 countries select one of their best chefs to represent their nation. The 24 countries that will continue onward to the finals will cook in front of thousands of cheering fans hoping to bring home the gold. Team USA made history in 2017 with a historic Gold Medal win from Chef Mathew Peters. In 2015, Chef Philip Tessier placed on the podium for the first time at Bocuse d’Or, winning the silver medal.”

Chef Gavin Kaysen, President of Ment’or BKB Foundation (and a Tasting Jury Judge in Santiago) and Ment’or Executive Director Young Yun are our guests to revisit Santiago and discuss the road ahead to Lyon for Team USA 2023.

Brendan Collins of Greco Entertainment Group

Dono in Santa Monica is the third restaurant from Greco Entertainment Group (GEG). Led by Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono celebrates bold and passionate flavors from Spain. Long known for his deft hand with global cuisines, this foray into pan-Spanish traditions ushers in prized ingredients from the Iberian Peninsula such as Jamón Ibérico and premium conservas, melding them with farm-fresh, locally-sourced produce. The menu features a variety of tapas (small plates), as well as large-format dishes including paella, whole grilled Sea Bass, and Piri-Piri chicken. The bar showcases a variety of house-made sangrias and a craft cocktail program from industry veteran Gabriella Mlynarcyzk. Leaning into the laid-back Spanish lifestyle, expect gin & tonic riffs, as well as well-rounded classics. The Dono wine program highlights Spanish grapes from the Iberian Peninsula and California.”

“Dono is GEG’s newest addition to its corner hub at Wilshire and 25th in Santa Monica. The moniker was conceived in Donostia-San Sebastián, where partners Michael Greco and Brendan Collins completed their research sojourn across Spain. Dono is named in honor of St. Sebastian, continuing a GEG tradition of naming their restaurants after saints. Their original concepts, Fia and Fia Steak, are named in honor of St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardens. Dono is open for dinner Tuesdays to Sundays, happy hour ‘SaMo Siesta’ Tuesdays to Sundays and brunch Saturdays and Sundays.”

Chef Brendan Collins takes a break from his busy kitchens and joins us.

Maria Provenzano of From Scratch with Maria

“TV host and do-it-yourself / lifestyle expert Maria Provenzano shows readers how to turn even life’s small moments into big celebrations, with food and crafts from scratch.”

“Life’s everyday moments are worthy of connecting people together with food and crafts. Everyday Celebrations from Scratch by Maria Provenzano is filled with impressive (yet easy) recipes, step-by-step craft tutorials, and inspiration to set the scene–all to help you create the life you want, from scratch.”

“First, Maria shares the essentials of everyday celebrations, including must-haves for a well-stocked pantry and the basic supplies for craft activities anyone can do.”

“Each section of the book provides inspiration for both food and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, so you can invest minimum time for maximum impact! Discover how fun it can be to celebrate . . .

  • Weeknight meals, so even a takeout night is memorable
  • Family, including an inspiring and nourishing breakfast before a loved one’s major presentation or important test
  • Friendship, with crafts like custom bookmarks for your reading club or wine glass tags for a girl’s night in
  • Sports, which can involve the best-ever tailgating party or a neighborhood backyard Olympics
  • Seasons, to make it even easier to feel festive all year round”

“Everyday celebrations are the foundations of memories that last a lifetime, and Maria will show you just how easy it can be!”

”Maria Provenzano is a lifestyle expert who loves inspiring others through crafting and unique recipes. She believes in all things homemade and hopes to encourage others to add a bit of creativity (and fun!) to every day. Maria is the creator of the site From Scratch with Maria.”

Maria Provenzano is our guest with tasting spoon in hand.

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.

Chicken seems to be the current “it” protein and continuing to grow in popularity. Chef Andrew continues his conversation about the wide appeal of cluck and also offers some practical tips for safely handling raw chicken at home.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Executive Producer & Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part One
Segment Three: Team USA 2023 with Ment’or BKB’s Young Yun and Chef Gavin Kaysen Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono, Santa Monica Part One
Segment Five: Executive Chef / Partner Brendan Collins, Dono, Santa Monica Part Two
Segment Six: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part One
Segment Seven: Maria Provenzano, Lifestyle Expert, with Everyday Celebrations From Scratch Part Two
Segment Eight: “Ask the Chef” with Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel of Calico Fish House

Show 260, February 10, 2018: Young Yun, Executive Director, ment’or BKB Foundation

Young YunThe late Chef Paul Bocuse (Lyon, France) had a profound impact on creating and inspiring the ment’or BKB Foundation. Always a friend of the USA, he fortunately lived long enough to see his dream of Team USA winning the Gold at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. He even flies the American Flag at his flagship restaurant in Lyon. Young remembers the celebrated “Chef Paul.”

The ment’or BKB Foundation oversees, and funds, the USA’s participation in the biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. Inspired by Team USA’s unprecedented Gold Statue at the Bocuse last year ment’or is now funding, and building, a dedicated training kitchen for Bocuse d’Or Team USA located at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia’s campus in Napa. Scheduled to open in Spring 2018 ment’or’s hope is that this kitchen will become a permanent home for the Team.

The targeted fundraising goal is to raise $250,000.

The new space will replicate the kitchen at the Bocuse d’Or, so that Team USA can practice to compete as they would on the actual competition day. Most importantly, the kitchen will be outfitted with the necessary equipment to ensure that Team USA can continue to succeed on this international culinary stage. In addition, guests will be able to visit the training space to see the physical platters, tools. Photos, and memorabilia encompassing Team USA’s storied history and growing legacy.

Ment’or BKB’s Executive Director Young Yun provides the details.

January 20: Beerland, Pascal Olhats, Cameron Douglas, West Coast Prime Meats

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Home-Brewers Jonathan Billings and Mike Flinn, Winners of Season 2 of Viceland’s “Beerland” Part One
Segment Three: Home-Brewers Jonathan Billings and Mike Flinn, Winners of Season 2 of Viceland’s “Beerland” Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Pascal Olhats, Pascal San Juan Capistrano & The Gray Event
Segment Five: Master Sommelier Cameron J. Douglas, NZ Wine Navigator Part One
Segment Six: Master Sommelier Cameron J. Douglas, NZ Wine Navigator Part Two
Segment Seven: Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson, West Coast Prime Meats’ “Meatheads”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Now a tempting 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… Keep in mind we’re always here with you live every Saturday morning with a fresh show.

Every home-brewers dream is to create a craft beer that is appealing enough to go into commercial production. Viceland’s “Beerland” with host Meg Gill of Golden Road Brewing makes that dream a reality. For Season 2 Meg traveled to four US cities/regions and sought out the best home-brewers. Each finalist in those cities then competed at Los Angeles Golden Road Brewery in the Finale to decide the winner of “Beerland” Season 2. That style, Man-Go-War, was then brewed on Golden Road’s 50-barrel system and is now available at retail in cans. The winning team of professional lifeguards from Sebastian, Florida, Michael Flinn and Jonathan Billings, join us.

Chef Pascal Olhats of Pascal San Juan Capistrano is recognized as the Dean of French Chefs in Orange County. 2018 marks his 30th year of being a restaurateur an independent in Orange County. There will be special celebrations and menus to commemorate this worthy occasion. On Sunday, February 25th Pacal is hosting the 2nd year of The Gray Event benefit at Sherman Gardens to raise needed funds for the Save Elephant Foundation to rescue at-risk elephants in Thailand. We’ll chat with Chef Pascal.

Cameron Douglas enjoys the distinction of being New Zealand’s first certified Master Sommelier. He serves on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He takes his position as unofficial Ambassador for New Zealand wine very seriously. Cameron is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant. Cameron also serves as the curator for NZ Wine Navigator.

There is lots more to know about premium New Zealand wines than simply the big name grassy, Sauvignon Blancs. We’ll meet him.

Our resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson are back with a meaty discussion of Kobe and Wagu Beef. We’ll get the honest 411 on Japanese Kobe (the real deal) and American and Australian Wagyu. We’ll also find out what the coveted A5 is. Do the cattle really get daily massages and drink beer? Yum…

Our always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, will share (and explain) in his continuing series hospitality business trends he sees for 2018. Here’s a real hot button issue…One of the major credit card companies, in a test, is incentivizing restaurants to use credit cards exclusively for payment. No cash accepted…Is a cashless restaurant good hospitality?

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

Michael Flinn and Jonathan Billing at the Beerland viewing party at Golden Road BrewingEvery dedicated home-brewers’ dream is to create a craft beer that is appealing enough to go into commercial production. Viceland’s Beerland” with host Meg Gill of Golden Road Brewing makes that dream a reality. For Season 2 Meg traveled to four US cities/regions and sought out the best home-brewers. Season 2’s travels included field trips to home-brewers in Portland, Alabama, Detroit and Florida.

Each finalist in those cities then competed at Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewery in the Finale to decide the winner of “Beerland” Season 2. This was based on a panel of judges’ decision as well as a popular vote of attending craft beer enthusiasts. Meg Gill then made the final call.

The winning creation, Man-Go-War, was then brewed on Golden Road’s 50-barrel system and is now available at retail in cans. The original recipe actually uses a dash of ocean water from the Atlantic Ocean. (It’s a blueberry-flavored Wheat Ale with a hint of Spicy Mango.) The winning team of home-brewers and professional lifeguards from Sebastian, Florida, Michael Flinn and Jonathan Billings, join us.

Pascal OlhatsChef Pascal Olhats of Pascal San Juan Capistrano is recognized as the Dean of French Chefs in Orange County. He’s mentored numerous rising star chefs now cooking in Orange County. 2018 marks his 30th year of being a restaurateur in Orange County. There will be special celebrations and menus to commemorate this worthy occasion.

On Sunday, February 25th Pacal is hosting the 2nd year of The Gray Event benefit at Sherman Gardens to raise needed funds for the Save Elephant Foundation to rescue at-risk elephants in Thailand.

Pascal Olhats is an extraordinary French born, and trained, Executive Chef, and polished restaurateur. He has won numerous awards, owning and collaborating on a number of restaurants in Newport Beach over the past 30-years.

He currently owns four businesses, including: Café Jardin Restaurant & Pascal’s Tea Garden Creperie (on the lush grounds of Sherman Gardens & Library in Corona del Mar), Pascal’s Café in San Juan Capistrano (a café/ bakery/ fine dining establishment), and Pascal’s Catering (offering full-service catering for 20 years throughout Southern California). Pascal also partners with Manassero Farms in Irvine, and orchestrates breakfasts, dinners, and incredible special events, often showcasing guest chefs.

We’ll chat with Chef Pascal.

Cameron DouglasCameron Douglas enjoys the distinction of being New Zealand’s first certified Master Sommelier. He serves on the Board for the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas. He takes his position as unofficial Ambassador for New Zealand wine very seriously. Cameron is an experienced wine writer, commentator, judge, reviewer, presenter and consultant.

Cameron also serves as the curator for NZ Wine Navigator.

There is lots more to know about premium New Zealand wines than simply the big name grassy, Sauvignon Blancs.

We’ll meet him.

“At NZ Wine Navigator, you’ll find the largest selection of artisanal New Zealand wines available in the US. Selected by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas, these wines demonstrate the finest our little country has to offer. We work directly with family-estates and small producers to hand pick each wine you see, so you can explore new wines with confidence.”

“New Zealand is blessed with an outstanding array of independent winemakers, all heroically forging their own path, rather than towing the corporate line. Made up of old heads, young guns, and mavericks, not one of them fits the old school model.”

“At NZ Wine Navigator, we believe that attention to detail, knowledge, intuition, and experience show through to the glass. Because of the way we work—a changing selection from small producers with a limited capacity—our list is limited to extraordinary wines. These are the wines we drink. We hope you love them as much as we do.”

Kobe and Waygu Premium Beef from West Coast Prime MeatsOur resident Meatheads from West Coast Prime Meats, Terry Hanks and Jay Henderson are back with a meaty discussion of Kobe and Waygu Beef. We’ll get the honest 411 on Japanese Kobe (the real deal) and American and Australian Wagyu.

We’ll also find out what the coveted A5 is. Do the well attended-to cattle really get daily massages and drink beer?

Japanese Kobe comes from four breeds – Japanese Black, Japanese Brown, Japanese Shorthorn, Japanese Polled and their crossbreeds. Japanese Kobe is tender, has a juicy texture and has delicate yet rich flavors bursting with umami.

Andy Harris and Andrew Gruel at the Fifth Anniversary of the SoCal Restaurant ShowOur always informed Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, will share (and explain) in his continuing series hospitality business trends he sees for 2018.

Here’s a real hot button issue…One of the major credit card companies, in a test, is incentivizing restaurants to use credit cards exclusively for payment. No cash accepted sat all…Is a cashless restaurant really good hospitality? Is there any difference in acceptance of this policy ranging from a quick service spot to a fine dining establishment?

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Co-Host Andy Harris
Segment Two: Home-Brewers Jonathan Billings and Mike Flinn, Winners of Season 2 of Viceland’s “Beerland” Part One
Segment Three: Home-Brewers Jonathan Billings and Mike Flinn, Winners of Season 2 of Viceland’s “Beerland” Part Two
Segment Four: Executive Chef Pascal Olhats, Pascal San Juan Capistrano & The Gray Event
Segment Five: Master Sommelier Cameron J. Douglas, NZ Wine Navigator Part One
Segment Six: Master Sommelier Cameron J. Douglas, NZ Wine Navigator Part Two
Segment Seven: Terry Hanks & Jay Henderson, West Coast Prime Meats’ “Meatheads”
Segment Eight: Co-Host Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group

Show 211, February 18, 2017: Show Preview with Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s abundant 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…

Chef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House is passionate about his long-time efforts to feed hungry kids in need daily with nutritious food prepared in his own kitchens. His restaurant was recently devastated by a horrific fire and remains closed indefinitely. Orange County chefs & restaurateurs are generously rallying to support Bruno’s charity, Caterina’s Club, and his employees with a benefit on Monday evening, February 20th at Highway 39 Event Center in Anaheim. Organizer Judy Walker of Golden Rule Charity joins us with the specifics.

You have to appreciate a young, upstart craft brewery whose slogan is “Keeping Beer Weird.” The talk among Richmond, B.C.’s craft beer enthusiasts is Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. We’ll tap a keg of their popular “The Last Strawberry” (a Belgian wit brewed with local strawberries) with co-founder Glen Hutton, a Richmond, B.C. local.

The newly opened 4th & Olive in the East Village of Long Beach is a traditional Franco-German restaurant and beer garden serving Alsatian style food. Under the culinary direction of Chef Alex McGroarty, the restaurant features housemade dishes such as sausages, braised meats, pretzels, sauerkraut and other comfort foods of the region, plus unique European beers and wines. Proprietor Dan Tapia is our guest.

This past week the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists were announced. Congratulations to all the deserving California Semifinalists. On March 15th The Foundation will announce the Final Nominations in all categories at a breakfast press conference at a.o.c restaurant in Los Angeles. This is the first time in the 27-year history of The Awards that the Final Nominations will be announced in Los Angeles.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel is known to be pretty handy in the kitchen. Today it’s the debut of “Mastering Kitchen Science 101” sharing practical, little known tips and tricks to use in the home kitchen.

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 seemingly impossible – Gold in Lyon. Team USA’s Bocuse d’Or champion Chef Mathew Peters (ex-per se) and Team USA’s backer, ment’or BKB Foundation (represented by Executive Director Young Yun), join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States.

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

 

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 !

February 18: Anaheim White House, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, 4th & Olive, Mathew Peters and Young Yun

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Judy Walker, Golden Rule Charity – Benefit for Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Anaheim
Segment Three: Glen Hutton, Co-Owner, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Richmond, B.C.
Segment Four: Dan Tapia, Proprietor, 4th and Olive Restaurant, Long Beach
Segment Five: James Beard Foundation Awards – Announcement of Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
Segment Six: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Chef Mathew Peters, Gold Medalist, Team USA, 2017 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Eight: Young Yun, Executive Director, ment’or BKB Foundation

Now an enticing preview of this Saturday’s  abundant 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…

Chef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House is passionate about his long-time efforts to feed hungry kids in need daily with nutritious food prepared in his own kitchens. His restaurant was recently devastated by a horrific fire and remains closed. Orange County chefs & restaurateurs are generously rallying to support Bruno’s charity, Caterina’s Club, and his employees with a benefit on Monday evening, February 20th at Highway 39 Event Center in Anaheim. Organizer Judy Walker of Golden Rule Charity joins us with the specifics.

You have to appreciate a young, upstart craft brewery whose slogan is “Keeping Beer Weird.” The talk among Richmond, B.C.’s craft beer enthusiasts is Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks. We’ll tap a keg of their popular “The Last Strawberry” (a Belgian wit brewed with local strawberries) with co-founder Glen Hutton, a Richmond, B.C. local.

The newly opened 4th and Olive in the East Village of Long Beach is a traditional Franco-German restaurant and beer garden serving Alsatian style food. Under the culinary direction of Chef Alex McGroarty, the restaurant features housemade dishes such as sausages, braised meats, pretzels, sauerkraut and other comfort foods of the region, plus unique European beers and wines. Proprietor Dan Tapia is our guest.

Our own Chef Andrew Gruel is known to be pretty handy in the kitchen. Today it’s “Mastering Kitchen Science 101” sharing little known tips and tricks to use in the home kitchen.

If you’re a wine enthusiast then the Paso Robles AVA is surely on your mind. It’s located in the northern reaches of California’s San Luis Obispo County. Actually different districts there have distinct characteristics. One of our resident wine experts, Kyle Meyer of Santa Ana’s Wine Exchange, joins us with a basic guide to appreciating this much talked about area.

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 Bocuse d’Or champion Chef Mathew Peters and Team USA’s backer, ment’or BKB Foundation (represented by Executive Director Young Yun), join us to savor this tremendous achievement for the culinary arts in the United States.

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

Bruno SeratoChef Bruno Serato of the Anaheim White House is passionate about his long-time efforts to feed hungry kids in need daily with nutritious food prepared in his own kitchens. His restaurant was recently devastated by a horrific fire and remains closed. It’s going to take time and over $1 million to restore. Insurance will not cover it all.

Orange County chefs & restaurateurs are generously rallying to support Bruno’s charity, Caterina’s Club, and his employees with a benefit on Monday evening, February 20th at Highway 39 Event Center in Anaheim.

VIP is from 5 to 8:00 p.m. with wine and beer included is a $75 donation.

General Admission is from 6 to 8:00 p.m. and is a $50 donation.

“The Anaheim White House restaurant has been severely damaged in a fire and will close indefinitely. The 1909 Colonial-style mansion was converted into a restaurant now owned by Chef Bruno Serato, who feeds pasta each night to 2,000 at-risk, disadvantaged children from the restaurant’s kitchen. He has done so for more than a decade.”

“Bruno is an Italian immigrant who came to the U.S. with $50 in his pocket and through hard work saved the money to open his restaurant 30 years ago. Bruno is known worldwide for feeding the children, finding housing for their families and helping at-risk youth land jobs in the hospitality field. He even mortgaged his own home during the recession to keep his charity work going.”

Organizer Judy Walker of Golden Rule Charity joins us with the specifics.

Glen HuttonYou have to appreciate a young, upstart craft brewery whose slogan is “Keeping Beer Weird.” The talk of Richmond, B.C.’s craft beer enthusiasts is Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks.

“We try to invent styles, and nothing is done true to style”

The friendly Tasting Room at The Brewery also offers a variety of satisfying local street food specialties including samosas (beef, chicken and vegetable) and a cheese & onion pie.

We’ll tap a keg of their popular “The Last Strawberry” (a Belgian wit brewed with local strawberries) with co-founder Glen Hutton, a Richmond, B.C. local.

Dan Tapia and barman John Putman of 4th an d Olive in Long BeachThe newly opened 4th and Olive in the East Village of Long Beach is a traditional Franco-German restaurant and beer garden serving Alsatian style food. Under the culinary direction of Chef Alex McGroarty, the restaurant features housemade dishes such as sausages, braised meats, pretzels, sauerkraut and other comfort foods of the region, plus unique European beers and wines.

Unique to the restaurant industry, disabled veterans were actively recruited to staff 4th and Olive, resulting in a 50% make up of current employees. Tapia, a proud Navy veteran and recovering quadriplegic himself who was injured during a stint in the Navy and currently uses a cane, is committed to creating jobs for other disabled vets that are having difficulty finding employment because of their physical challenges. The layout of the restaurant and kitchen were designed with these challenges in mind.

“The 4th and Olive team is excited to serve authentic Alsatian style food to food lovers in Long Beach,” Tapia said. “Along with our great menu and friendly service, my personal goal is to bring attention to the challenges other disabled vets face when they are willing and capable of doing just as good a job as an able-bodied person.”

Weekend Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 3pm. The restaurant is open for dinner 4:30 – 10pm Monday through Thursday and 4:30 – 11pm Friday and Saturday.

Proprietor Dan Tapia is our guest.

Andrew and William GruelOur own Chef Andrew Gruel is thought to be pretty handy in the kitchen. Today it’s “Mastering Kitchen Science 101” sharing little known tips and tricks to use in the home kitchen.

Did you know you can use baking soda to tenderize meat?

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.”

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

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.

Podcasts

Segment One: Show Preview with Andy Harris & Chef Andrew Gruel
Segment Two: Judy Walker, Golden Rule Charity – Benefit for Chef Bruno Serato, Anaheim White House, Anaheim
Segment Three: Glen Hutton, Co-Owner, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Richmond, B.C.
Segment Four: Dan Tapia, Proprietor, 4th and Olive Restaurant, Long Beach
Segment Five: James Beard Foundation Awards – Announcement of Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
Segment Six: Chef Andrew Gruel, Slapfish Restaurant Group
Segment Seven: Chef Mathew Peters, Gold Medalist, Team USA, 2017 Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition
Segment Eight: Young Yun, Executive Director, ment’or BKB Foundation

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.