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April Bloomfield's Creamy Caesar Salad with Torn Croutons

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of F&W’s Best New Chef awards, one of our biggest stars shares one of her most requested recipes.

April Bloomfield, a Best New Chef 2007 at the Spotted Pig, is now also the chef and a co-owner of the John Dory and the Breslin, all in Manhattan. Later this year, she will open Tosca in San Francisco.

At the Spotted Pig, April Bloomfield’s NYC gastropub, the Caesar salad is so popular that a couple actually left the restaurant when they discovered she’d briefly taken it off the menu. She’s been perfecting the recipe— which involves an especially tangy and garlicky dressing, large torn croutons and plenty of grated Parmesan—since she was an 18-year-old line cook at Kensington Place in London. “It’s the first salad I didn’t find boring,” she says. “It has such great texture and a ‘more-ish’ quality; you want to keep eating it.” The dish has evolved over time: “It used to have crushed white pepper; I did away with that.” Now she insists that all the ingredients, and even the bowl, be chilled. “It’s also important to eat this salad with your fingers, if possible,” she adds, “because it’s fun and naughty.” SEE RECIPE »

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