November 12, 2009 |
---- THE KITCHEN is still a man's world. But that's changing, at least in Philadelphia. While women may do most of the cooking at home, in restaurant kitchens across America, more often than not, the top toque is a man. According to an industry report by the National Restaurant Association, women account for just 17 percent of the chefs and head cooks in professional kitchens today (about 1 in 5), with ownership of 25 percent of eating and drinking establishments nationwide.
March 1, 1995 |
Who makes the most fabulous dessert in Philadelphia? If you're willing to go by the results of the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, it's Eddie Hales of the Four Seasons Hotel. Hales took the top prize - a three-day trip to France - in the competition for professionals held Monday at the Rittenhouse Hotel. His Chocolate Kahlua Cake, served with a passion fruit custard and assorted other trimmings, topped a field of 29 entries, which came from as far away as State College.
September 20, 1995
Philadelphia's a city that awards the coin of celebrity quirkily. It's a city where television newspeople rank bizarrely high on the ladder of fame. It's a city that brings a loony intensity to the scorning of the sports heroes it once adored, but offers a fascinated indulgence to politicians who sin with a certain style. And now it's a city where a chef can make the front page for doing something klutzy in the kitchen. Georges Perrier is not just any chef, mind you, which is why the close encounter of the messy kind his fingers had Monday with a fish- mousse-filled food processor at Le Bec-Fin was front-page news.
May 5, 2011
Here are some Philadelphia chefs and the themed feasts they've made at James Beard's Greenwich Village townhouse over the past year or so. There are about 200 such dinners annually - multicourse meals, with wines, that cost $170 for nonmembers ($130 for members). Find out who's cooking next at www.jamesbeard.org or call 1-800-36-BEARD. _ A Taste of Spain: Garces Restaurant Group: Dave Conn (JG Domestic), Adam DeLosso (Garces Trading Co.), Jose Garces (Garces Restaurant Group), MacGregor Mann (Amada)
March 25, 2013 |
Sylva Senat's New York chef friends never used to ask about Philadelphia. But they're calling now. And they want to know whether the growing national buzz about his adopted home is true: Is Philly really the next great destination for up-and-coming chefs? Should they come, too? "At least eight have asked me in the past year," says Senat, the chef at Tashan who grew up in Brooklyn and worked at iconic Manhattan restaurants like Acquavit and Jean-Georges before moving to Philadelphia four years ago. The romantic notion of Philadelphia as the East Coast's land of opportunity for culinary ambitions, where the rents are fair, a sophisticated dining public is hungry for "honest food," and line cooks can actually afford to live, has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
April 20, 1986 |
The city of Philadelphia has announced some of the food events for its gala Memorial Day weekend exchange with the city of New Orleans. Several events highlighting the regional cuisine of both cities and sponsored by their tourist organizations will take place on May 24, 25 and 26. In Philadelphia, there will be a Jambalaya Jam, a New Orleans festival of food and music, at Penn's Landing between Walnut and Chestnut Streets, just north of the...
January 9, 1987 |
"Escoffier: King of Chefs," a one-man show written by and starring Owen S. Rackleff. Directed by Laurence Carr, set design by Robert Odorisio, lighting by Nina Chwast. Presented at Studio Theaters, Walnut Street Theater, 9th and Walnut sts. The people who are serving up this delicious evening of theater will tell you not to come on an empty stomach. I agree, unless your idea of haute cuisine is a cheeseburger and Dr. Pepper. Thankfully for most of us, there was and is "Escoffier," at least until its run ends on Jan. 18. For those who think Escoffier is merely a fancified bottled steak sauce, you should know that we're talking about the greatest chef of all time (sorry, Paul Bocuse)
March 27, 2012 |
STELLA , THE BUXOM host of "Saturday Night Dead" on KYW-TV from 1984 to 1990, was inducted into the HorrorHound Hall of Fame at the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend. Stella, the "Maneater from Manayunk" a/k/a Karen Scioli , was excited to meet fellow horror Elvira , Mistress of the Dark, and have what she called, "A meeting of the cleavage," but was disappointed that Elvira didn't show up in character and was inducted under her real name, Cassandra Peterson . Stella now works on "Goth Mothers of Transylvania," which can be found on YouTube.
March 12, 1995 |
When the call went out for the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, about 30 of the area's culinary elite gladly put their egos on the line and joined the contest. Their job was to wow the judges, some of whom came to town just for the special event, held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and whose names could get the chocolate moving in the veins of most pastry chefs. There were Michael and Ariane Batterberry, publishers of Food Arts magazine; cookbook author Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; food historian William Woys Weaver; Diane Brown of the James Beard Foundation; Fred Ferretti, columnist for Gourmet magazine; Barbara Kafka, cookbook author and Vogue magazine writer; Louis Szathmary, founder of the Bakery Restaurant in Chicago; and Ann Amernick, an independent pastry chef.
June 21, 1989 |
Pierre Franey, the popular chef-author whose "Cuisine Rapide" debuted last month on PBS, cooked professionally for 50 years before he was coaxed into doing it on television. And when the cookbook world's 60-Minute Gourmet started taping the 26-part series, he had a problem typical to someone with no TV experience: he wasn't used to making eye contact with the camera as he worked. "The producer kept saying, 'Look at me, look up,' " Franey recounted in a telephone interview from his home in East Hampton, Long Island.