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Winter Recipes: Helen and Lisa Tse’s Chicken Fried Rice

Sweet Mandarin won Gordon Ramsay’s Best Local Chinese restaurant on Channel 4′s The F Word, beating 10,000 other restaurants. Now the entrepreneurial sisters behind Sweet Mandarin, Helen and Lisa Tse are stepping up the game by publishing their fist cookbook … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Rodrigo Bueno’s Mexican-Style Rib Eye Huaraches

Born and raised in Mexico City, Chef Rodrigo Bueno gained an appreciation for cooking early in life by visiting different restaurants with his family at a young age. In these trips, he was introduced to various cuisines like French, Japanese, … Continue reading

Winter Recipes: Helen and Lisa Tse’s Healthy Fish Soup

Helen and Lisa Tse are not only biological sisters, but also twins when it comes to entrepreneurship. They are the brains behind the Sweet Mandarin Restaurant, which won Gordon Ramsay’s Best Local Chinese Restaurant on Channel 4′s The F Word, … Continue reading

Top 20 Best Celebrity-Owned Restaurants

While there’s no doubt a number of reasons why celebrities decide to own a restaurant, only a few restaurants are fortunate enough to have both good food and celebrity-backing. Some celebrities may have an obsessive interest and deep love for … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Dakota Weiss’ Celery Root Risotto

Born and raised in Lancaster, California, Chef Dakota Weiss has also lived all across the United States including Arizona, Texas and Florida. At 12 years old, they moved to Santa Fe, Mexico. She may not have had a constant home, … Continue reading

Top 10 Culinary Schools In North America

Let’s begin with a brief word on culinary schools. By some estimates, roughly 12 percent of students attend private, for-profit culinary schools which have been criticized for making inflated career promises to potential students. Also bear in mind that tuition … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Eleazar Nun’s Meatball Ciabatta

The Royal is an upscale restaurant and lounge situated directly below Union Square at the heart of New York City. 43 LED screens line up their walls with cushioned bar stools that gives off a vibe of a high-class hotel … Continue reading

10 Restaurants Inspired from Books And Movies

Wouldn’t it be fun to dine at a totally fictitious restaurant you saw in a movie or read about in a book? I’m not referring to existing restaurants such as The Whistle Stop Cafe featured in the film, “Fried Green … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: István Pesti’s Chicken Supreme with Corn

The first in Hungary to have earned more than 15 Gault Millau points, Chef István Pesti is considered as one of the best chefs in Budapest and Hungary. La Perle Noire, under his leadership, was named one of the Best … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Ryan Johnston’s Red Wine Braised Lamb Shanks

Chef Ryan Johnston was born in South Florida with a butcher for a father, so he has been exposed to the food industry even as a young boy. This led him to develop his great passion for cooking with the … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Hari Nayak’s Grilled Naan Pizza

Chef, author, and restaurateur Hari Nayak is changing the way we look at Indian food. He aims to make Indian cooking more accessible while maintaining its culinary heritage. Most people are intimidated by Indian food. People think it is complicated … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Steven Cruz’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Before finally joining the Teqa team as their executive chef, Steven Cruz boasts of a proven record of experience as he has worked for a few big name restaurants like Rayuela, Cavo, and The Orchard House. At Teqa, Chef Steven … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Zack Mills’ Coffee Braised Pork Belly

Chef Zack Mills took his professional training in The French Culinary Institute. Right after graduating, he began working in various kitchens including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. A native of Maryland, he developed a deep understanding of the region’s cuisine, … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: John Creger’s Lasagna Bolognese

Formally the executive sous chef of Le Cirque, a three-star rated restaurant by the New York Times, Chef John Creger worked under Chef Craig Hopson. He has previously with with world-renowned chefs like Morimoto, Mark Forgione, and David Burke. He … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Christophe Le Metayer’s Bison Meatballs

Born in France and classically trained in the culinary arts, Chef Christophe Le Metayer has been pursuing his passion for food and cooking for almost three decades already. Through his work experience, he has developed a unique, globally inspired culinary … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Dakota Weiss’ Miss Swiss Fondue

Born and raised in Southern California, Chef Dakota Weiss discovered her love for cooking at a very young age when her mother, suspense novelist Charmaine Coimbra, has taught her about cooking in the kitchen and organic gardening. It wasn’t until … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Paul Simon’s Baby Arugula with Caramelized Apples Salad

Chef Paul Simon is New York Beer Company’s Executive Chef, where he’s responsible for supervising and leading the operations of the busy kitchen. As a boy growing up in Florida, he didn’t have much appreciation of the changing seasons. But … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Fabrice Marcon’s St. Agur Salad with Honey Rosemary Vinaigrette

A native of France, Chef Fabrice Marcon was classically trained cook through the French apprenticeship system. At age 14, he began his training in classical French cuisine at 2- and 3-star Michelin restaurants. After being in in the French military … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: John Gurnee’s Roasted Delicata Squash and Persimmon Salad

Chef John Gurnee has recently been appointed as Chef de Cuisine for LB Steak in Menlo Park, California. Now 35 years old, the path to his career now was not a simple walk in the park. Born and raised in … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Richard Sandoval’s Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

Chef Richard Sandoval grew up in Mexico City, where he would help his grandmother in their kitchen and gather with their family to enjoy heart Mexican fare prepared from scratch. From his grandmother, he has learned the importance of fresh … Continue reading

Best Places To Eat At 10 Major International Airports

The Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney points out that more travelers — an affluent group willing to spend money — consider themselves foodies and expect to eat quality food when traveling. As a result, the quality of airport food has … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Hari Nayak’s Lentil & Spinach Soup (Dal Palak)

Born and raised in a small town in Coastal Southern India, Chef Hari Nayak started his culinary career at the tender age of 8 by making masala omelets, an Indian specialty, for his family. Hari graduated at the top of … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Tiffany Youngman’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee

Chef Tiffany Youngman discovered her love for baking at a young age, beginning with the family tradition of Christmas cookie baking and decorating. Baking not only brought happiness to people she cooks for, but also including herself. Right from high … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Sara Thomas’ Sweet Potato Cake and Ice Cream

Chef Sara Thomas earned her Associates Degree in Pastry Arts from Pennsylvania Culinary in Pittsburgh. Her work experience includes nationally-acclaimed luxury properties, like her most recent position as pastry chef at The Dunes Gold and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach. … Continue reading

Chef’s Winter Recipes: Eiji Okamura’s Halibut and Langoustine

Chef Eiji Okamura initially joined the Palace Hotel Tokyo team in 1995 when he was just 20 years old. After a year, he transferred to a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo, then did a little stint in Frankfurt. It was a … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Chris Montero’s Mac n’ 3 Cheese

Chris Montero and his family are New Orleans institutions. His heart belongs to New Orleans and the kitchen. If you ask Chef Montero where he went to culinary school, he’ll quickly answer “The French Quarter!” Montero’s career began at Ralph … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jonah Kim’s Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki

Chef Jonah Kim of PABU Izakaya, was named a Semi-Finalist this year for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. His modern Japanese Pub is modeled on Okonomiyaki, a popular street food, often described as a Japanese pizza. A … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jeff Tunks’ Charbroiled Oysters

Chef Jeff Tunks is the co-proprietor and executive chef of seven acclaimed DC-area restaurants including his Louisiana-inspired fish house Acadiana, and his tri-coastal restaurant DC Coast. Tunks’ sustainable focus and seafood-centric menus have earned him praise from the likes of … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Guy Cerina’s Tempura Atlantic Cod

Chef Guy Cerina is currently the executive chef for the neighborhood favorite, beer-centric restaurant/bar located right off of Times Square in Midtown Manhattan, The House of Brews. Guy has been an Executive Chef at several prestigious establishments over his long … Continue reading

Negra Modelo: Refreshing Dark Lager That Pairs Well With Food

When the team who represents the Negra Modelo brand, a dark style lager, recently contacted FriendsEAT to experience their craft beer, I was happy to give it a try. I enjoy drinking dark beers now and then and was told … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Petros Kosmadakis’ Pork With Quinces

Born and raised in Crete, Chef Petros Kosmadakis, learned the secrets of the local cuisine at an early age at their own home, under the guidance of his grandmother. He went on to pursue his passion when he attended the … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Adin Langille’s Lamb Boti

Junoon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, and I was thrilled when they received their well deserved Michelin star. It is a great value (check out their amazing lunch deal) and the food and service always over-deliver. I … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Ivan Flowers’ Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Apple Cider Glazed Cipollini Onions and Baby Arugula

San Diego’s Top of the Market Executive Chef Ivan Flowers has an extensive culinary history.  He owned Fournos in Sedona, AZ, which was named a top 25 restaurant in Arizona. He was also Executive Chef at L’Auberge in Sedona & Different … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Robert Berry’s Bucatini with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil

Chef Berry returned to Charleston to the delight of fans who knew him from his time at Slightly North of Broad. Before his return, he spent time working at some of the best kitchens in New York City, Washington, D.C. and … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Marco Chirico’s Duck Ravioli

Marco Chirico grew up at Marco Polo Ristorante, a family restaurant opened by his father, restaurateur Joe Chirico, in 1983. Marco started his culinary career by bussing tables when he was just 12 years old.  He wanted to honor his … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nick Baker’s Mini Cuban Sliders

Executive Chef  Nick Baker has brought his “fresh” flavors to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  His all-time favorite food is seafood at its peak of freshness, but his Cubano Sliders are a fan favorite. He’s known not only … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Dominique Theval’s Mushroom Risotto

Parisian chef Dominique Theval delights the palates of the residents of Redondo Beach California at his namesake restaurant. He has quite an impressive and worldly culinary history. Chef Theval learned his craft at Ecole Hoteliere de Jean Ferrandi, where he … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nicole Chaszar’s Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Chef and co-owner of The Splendid Spoon, Nicole Chaszar has began her journey to find her role in the food industry since she began cooking at a young age and working with her grandmother in jarring strawberry jams! As an … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Erin O’Shea’s Fall Cornbread

Restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov knew they had someone special in Chef/Partner Erin O’Shea, one of the US’s only BBQ Pit-mistresses. That could be because Chef O’Shea trained in Richmond, VA with  legendary Southern chef and restaurateur Jimmy Sneed at … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Adam Mosher’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salad

Chef Adam Mosher has a long culinary history. He started cooking at the tender age of 14 and has been cooking ever since. He honed his skills at Navy Culinary “A” (after passing up the CIA) and soon moved up … Continue reading