In the fall of 2012, Food & Wine tasked me with wrangling hundreds of chefs for a large-scale interview project. I was just coming off a hyperlocal food editor gig at a New York weekly, and the work was a chance to broaden my knowledge of national culinary talent. I spoke with chefs doing honest work in their regions, such as Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish in Minneapolis, and Kevin Sousa who was using his Pittsburgh restaurants as engines for urban renewal. And, of course, I spoke with the heavyweights—David Kinch, Charlie Palmer, Grant Achatz, who talked my ear off for two hours about sherry vinegar and Sleep No More. The sea-change chefs. The kahunas.
Want to know what goes on behind closed kitchen doors? F&W tracks the best chefs to find out what they're eating and drinking. Here, what they’ve enjoyed this past week. Read more >
“My duck and waffle dish is an ode to my upbringing. I grew up in an urban environment and I have French culinary training,” says chef Timon Balloo of Miami’s Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill. “It’s a play on chicken and waffles but we use a French confited duck leg, a beautiful fried duck egg and an herb-and-mustard seed maple sauce. That’s all on top of a buttermilk waffle. It’s a whimsical dish—crispy, salty and sweet. I’m a fat boy at heart, and this is fat boy food.”
For years, you could only find dark reddish/purple-skinned Japanese sweet potatoes at Japanese markets, but these beauties have finally started turning up at natural food stores and farmers’ markets at this time of year. Read more >
During F&W Cookie Week, some of our favorite digital contributors are sharing their best holiday cookie recipes in a virtual swap. Post your favorite baking experiments on Instagram using #FWCookie. Here, festive slice-and-bakes from Sarah Bolla of Lemon Fire Brigade.
Here, Marcus Samuelsson's style picks are picked out by his wife Maya Haile. Check out what she'd buy her stylish husband. Read more >
Beautiful food? Check. Adorable children? Check. World-famous restaurants? Check. Cool locations both domestic and international? Check. Go follow cannellevanille, a.k.a. Aran Goyoaga, the voice behind Cannelle et Vanille. Still not convinced? Cakes. Read more >