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The Sweet Taste of Success in New York City

The Sweet Taste of Success in New York City

BY DANIELLE STROLIA The sweet scent of butter drifts though the air at Mille-Feuille Bakery on this cold March day, and the customers waiting in line to exclaim their admiration. “God, it smells fantastic,” “How can you guys work in here without gaining 500 pounds?” and of course, “What is […]

 
 

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

From the Streets to the Kitchen: A NYC Chef’s Inspirational Story

Pedro Rodriguez isn’t afraid to smile despite years of drug addiction and homelessness that have left his teeth eroded and discolored – the only indication of his past that remains. On this brisk March morning, he is running around the basement kitchen of the New York City Rescue Mission like […]

 
 

Could this be tv’s first vegetarian chef?

Could this be tv’s first vegetarian chef?

“What does the meat really add to lasagna?” asks Cindi Avila as she shakes her brunette head almost knowingly. Sitting in a booth at the vegan restaurant Blossom on the Upper West Side, the vegetarian chef, mother of two and entrepreneur takes a bite of her lentil rings, which look […]

 
 

Cooking Up Celebrity

Cooking Up Celebrity

One of the hottest tickets in the cuisine capital of New York is a reservation to a top restaurant, those where the chef decides what he will serve during your four-hour feast.  One such restaurant is Atera in downtown Manhattan, where executive chef Matthew Lightner and his large crew cook […]

 
 

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

A “Sweet Genius” on Roosevelt Island

  Chef Alyssa Gangeri is used to offbeat requests from customers through her specialty business,  “Ally Cakes.” She has made custom confections in the shapes of guitars, basketballs, and even boxing gloves. While there’s an occasional special request for a unique filling or icing, most are the usual chocolate and […]

 
 

A Lawyer Cooks Up Fame

A Lawyer Cooks Up Fame

Standing against the bright coral wall of her Manhattan kitchen, Serena Palumbo welcomes viewers to her latest cooking video, demonstrating the easiest way to transform potatoes into the Italian classic, gnocchi. The set up is simple; the petite brunette speaks with her light Italian accent into the video camera aimed […]

 
 

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Julia Child: the first “French Chef” in most American homes

Fifty years ago, one new PBS show opened with a high-pitched voice, sounding on the verge of a girlish giggle, warmly announcing, “Hello, I’m Julia Child. Welcome to the ‘French Chef,’ and the first show on our series in French cooking.” In that very first episode, Child cooks boeuf bourguignon, […]

 
 

The Sweet Taste of Stardom, and Donuts

The Sweet Taste of Stardom, and Donuts

Busying himself behind the counter at Flex Donuts, a pop-up shop in Grand Central Station, Zac Young pipes chocolate peanut butter filling into freshly fried donuts. Young is working alone this mid-February morning at his latest venture, but maintains a gleaming smile as he dunks donuts into a bowl of […]

 
 

Taking Life with a Grain of Salt

Taking Life with a Grain of Salt

Whatever culinary pun you want to use, Chef Gavin Kaysen has faced setbacks on “The Next Iron Chef” and the Food Olympics, so how will he fare with his biggest challenge yet: New York City? By Michael Menta It’s October 21, 2007 and the judges on “The Next Iron Chef” […]

 
 

Top Chef’s Dale Talde Savored the Competition

Top Chef’s Dale Talde Savored the Competition

A New York City chef sharpened his knives with the best of them for 11 scorching rounds on Top Chef and loved every morsel By Alexis Brown When Dale Talde waltzed in late to the Top Chef Season 4 audition room as the last applicant for the New York City […]