June 23, 2018

AMSTERDAM - The 49 BEST Places to EAT


restaurants
Choux is een geheimtip van Guillaume de Beer.
De Ruijterkade 128, 1011 AC
Beeld:
 Frank Ruiter








AMSTERDAM has become a culinary hotspot  says writing  chef Tom Kellerhuis. He produced a list of the  ' crème de la crème ' 

Result - 49 restaurants worth a visit... 

















June 19, 2018

Fumio KUDAKA - Between BRETAGNE and JAPAN



Fumio Kudaka : entre Bretagne et Japon
 Fumio Kudaka, qui malgré son étoile au Guide Michelin et son prix de Jeune Talent Gault&Millau décroché en 2012, ne se repose pas sur ses lauriers.








Fumio Kudaka... - du restaurant La Table Breizh Café à Cancale - est un amoureux de la Bretagne.

 Le chef japonais... a d'abord fait ses armes chez  Tsuji, école hôtelière  au coeur du  Beaujolais  spécialement imaginée pour les jeunes chefs japonais, avant de vadrouiller un peu partout en France...







Mathilde Bourge










June 11, 2018

A 31-Year-Old Is Taking Over One of FRANCE’s Great WINE EMPIRES


Saskia de Rothschild in the winery at Château Lafite, in Pauillac, France, on April 11, 2018. 
Photographer: Marlene Awaad for Bloomberg Businessweek










Saskia de Rothschild is the latest member of her family steering  Château Lafite Rothschild into an uncertain future.


The first vines were planted in the 1670s... Thomas Jefferson visited and became a devoted fan.

De Rothschild won’t only be the face of the company that makes one of the most celebrated red wines on the planet.  Her millennial perspective and distinctly global outlook will help shape its future in the face of serious 21st century challenges...

Long term... de Rothschild hopes to add more wineries to the portfolio...  

“But we won’t buy shiny shoes,” she says with a smile. “We like to find a raw stone and polish it.”






Elin McCoy


Château Lafite.
Photographer: F.Poincet

“Lafite Rothschild itself is like a famous painting. Until it is sold, it’s difficult to know what it’s actually worth”







June 08, 2018

Celebrity Chef Anthony BOURDAIN Found Dead in France












R.I.P. Anthony!

Paris (AP) -- American TV celebrity and food writer Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room Friday in France while working on his CNN series on culinary traditions around the world. He was 61.
CNN confirmed the death, saying that Bourdain was found unresponsive Friday morning by friend and chef Eric Ripert in the French city of Strasbourg. It called his death a suicide...





June 07, 2018

The Rising STAR of TOKYO’s DIM SUM Scene
















There’s a long-standing rift in my family over how  soup  gets inside  xiao long bao dumplings.


The popular school of thought is  that chefs freeze the liquid into cubes and parcel them up into the flour-based skin before steaming.

A more radical faction maintains that the soup is carefully injected into the pre-assembled teardrop dumpling with a syringe after cooking.


How painfully  wrong we all were...




Thomas Beecher





June 02, 2018

ALVARO CLAVIJO - 'Innovate from Tradition'


Alvaro Clavijo: 'Innovate from Tradition'









A chat with the  Colombian chef  of  El Chato restaurant in  Bogotá,  about his career around the world and what brought him back to Colombian culinary roots.

Colombian chef Alvaro Clavijo has had the opportunity to work in some of the best restaurants in the world – Per Se... L'Atelier and Noma among them... He is now 32-years-old... and felt up to the task of opening his own restaurant...





Rafael Tonon










May 27, 2018

36 Hours in the COTSWOLDS - England -


Snowshill Manor and Garden, a medieval estate, was transformed by Charles Wade, an architect and collector.  
Credit Andy Haslam for The New York Times








This  pastoral region  in the heart of England has everything an ardent Anglophile could hope for.


Stretching across 800 square miles of bucolic hills, Britain’s Cotswolds region includes countless charming villages...  that personify the enduring appeal of the English countryside.

Medieval wool merchants built stately manor houses and remarkable, timeless churches that have been lovingly preserved.

And Britain’s largest designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is blessed with an abundance of Roman sites, abbeys, gardens and castles...






Dave Seminara









May 26, 2018

PARIS - 10 RESTAURANTS ***Etoilés*** With MENUS for LESS than 40 EUROS



Ce restaurant fraîchement étoilé situé non loin des Champs-Elysées est tenu par les chefs Ryu et Kwen...  Ils y servent une cuisine française travaillée à la japonaise. A partir de 38 euros. Attention, il n'y a que 18 couverts !

PERTINENCE - 29 rue de l'Exposition - Paris 75007









Avec pas moins de  115 restaurants étoilés  dont 10 trois étoiles et 16 deux étoiles, Paris est - à juste titre - considérée comme l'une des capitales culinaires du monde.


Et quand il s'agit de manger à l'extérieur, la ville a la fâcheuse réputation d'être assez onéreuse.

Mais à y regarder de plus près, nous avons tout de même déniché 10 établissements étoilés   où il est possible de déjeuner 🍴 pour moins de 40 euros - boissons 🍷 non incluses-...






Tom Jenkins










May 24, 2018

Norwegian SALMON Prices Are Going Wild













That  salmon  and cream cheese bagel to get you through the mid-morning slump is fast  becoming a luxury.


Prices for Norwegian salmon have surged to a record as faltering supply combines with booming global demand... 















May 21, 2018

Why SALT Has DISAPPEARED From Restaurant Tables


Salt even features in the décor at Chefs Club NYC, where a 1,300-pound chunk of pink Himalayan salt hangs above the dining room, encased in a glass box. —but none on the tables— 
Source: Chefs Club









Good luck seasoning your food these days.

“The days of those nasty little salt shakers with the ancient grains of rice are long gone,”...

It should be a triumphant time for salt in New York.

The biggest restaurant opening of the year has been that of Nusr-Et, better known as  Salt Bae. It’s named for chef Nusret Gökçe...  and the nickname Salt Bae—for his theatrical method of seasoning steaks...






Kate Krader











May 17, 2018

A Classic INDIAN COOKBOOK Returns, This Time for Americans



The  new  edition of Ms. Rushdie’s book has a foreword by her brother, the novelist Salman Rushdie, who was her unofficial recipe tester.  
Credit Sonny Figueroa/The New York Times








Sameen Rushdie published this practical volume in  Britain  in 1988 to fight stereotypes about the country’s food. The times have finally caught up to her.



Later this month...  Picador publishes
“Sameen Rushdie’s Indian Cookery,” 

a new edition that for the first time introduces American readers to Ms. Rushdie’s work and to the recipes of her childhood...







Tejal Rao


The cookbook author Sameen Rushdie prepares sabut raan, her family’s version of a whole roasted leg of lamb, at her home in London.
Credit
Tom Jamieson for The New York Times











May 12, 2018

Wolfgang PUCK Has LONDON in His Sights


Lobster at Puck’s Chinois on Main.

 Source: Dorchester Collection









“The timing is better than ever for a restaurant business in London.”


Wolfgang Puck - one of the world’s most successful restaurateurs - plans a pop-up restaurant in London next month as he scouts the city for a second permanent location...

He’ll bring his Santa Monica... establishment Chinois on Main to his first London restaurant - CUT at 45 Park Lane... from June 27 to 30...


Wolfgang 




Richard Vines


Wolfgang Puck 
Photographer: Simon John Owen via Dorchester Collection