June 18, 2014 |
For the customers of family-owned DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood, it's no secret that Al DiBartolo and pastry chef Manny Agigian are artists in aprons. Think fanciful cake sculptures, freehand buttercream blossoms, to-die-for towers of fudge and chocolate mousse. Great baking, for sure. But do these Jersey guys have what it takes to be the Next Great Baker ? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Season Four of the TLC cooking competition show starts with 10 baking teams from around the country, including Agigian, 33, and DiBartolo, 39, a cake artist.
May 2, 2014 |
Chef Mann goes solo MacGregor Mann, a former chef de cuisine at Amada and one of Jose Garces' on-camera sous chefs during his initial Iron Chef run on Food Network, has made his solo debut in the Brandywine Valley. Junto , an American farmhouse-style BYOB, opens this weekend in the Old Ridge Village Shoppes (100 Ridge Rd., Chadds Ford, 484-574-8041). Junto, taken from the name of a social club founded by Ben Franklin, is local. Mann sources ingredients and inspiration from Pennsylvania, including the Amish produce auction down the road; seafood will come from a wider area: the Atlantic Ocean between Hudson and Chesapeake Bays.
October 13, 2013 |
The Philadelphia restaurateur Jose Garces has set his sights on the longtime location of Old Original Bookbinder's, the historic restaurant that has been closed since 2009. A spokeswoman for the Garces Group said Friday that an agreement had not been finalized, but that Garces "has been looking at this historic space for some time and discussing how it can be utilized. " Old Original Bookbinder's claimed that its origin dated to 1865. Another account said it was an oyster saloon that opened in 1893 at 525 S. Fifth St. and then moved to Second and Walnut Streets in 1898.
April 7, 2013
When chef-restaurateur Jose Garces emerges from the smoke on "Iron Chef," he looks tough. After all, the James Beard award-winning owner-operator of restaurants pretty much dominates in the kitchen. Old City's Amada was his first of seven restaurants in Philly, and he also has places in A.C., Palm Springs, Chicago and Scottsdale. And then there's his celebrity cookbook sideline, most recently Latin Road Home . Here, he reveals to Lauren McCutcheon that he dominates elsewhere, too. Like, in football knowledge.
March 11, 2013 |
BARCELONA, Spain - Frank Del Rio won't use the L word to describe his cruise ship the Riviera - or its almost identical two-year-old sister, the Marina. He prefers the term upper premium over luxury to describe the experience of a transatlantic voyage on one of Oceania Cruises' newest 1,250-guest vessels. "We underpromise and overdeliver," said Del Rio, chairman and chief executive officerof Oceania parent company Prestige Holdings. The Miami-based Oceania Cruises, which caters mostly to active baby boomers, prides itself on providing a luxury experience, even if they won't call it that.
December 13, 2012 |
CHRISTMAS WITHOUT the swine? Not in Jose's world. Although he was born in Chicago, "Iron Chef" and restaurateur Jose Garces is a product of his parents' Ecuadorean roots. While other families were passing the Pillsbury dinner rolls and carving the holiday Butterball turkey, his clan reveled in roasted leg of pork with sides like black beans and roasted hominy salad. In his family, like those of millions of other newly minted Americans, embracing a new home came with a heaping helping of old homeland comfort food on the side.
September 28, 2012 |
Cooking classes - the one-off, loosely structured gatherings of food fans around a chef's counter - have become a form of entertainment in this region. Yes, we watch Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Bravo. Iron Chef , Good Eats , and Top Chef are immensely popular. "But if you have a question, you can't ask the TV, of course, and you can't taste the food," said Ed Countey, who runs the culinary school for Kitchen Kapers stores. Thus the popularity of live cooking classes at community centers, supermarkets, cooking schools, and even church kitchens.
December 7, 2011 |
Jose Garces, who has been parlaying his status as an Iron Chef on the Food Network to build a dining empire, will open three restaurants at Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion megacasino scheduled to open in the spring. The project catapults Garces, already the city's most prominent celebrity chef, to yet another level. Few restaurateurs have grown as quickly as Garces, 39, who opened Amada, on Chestnut Street, in 2005, and won his national television deal nearly two years ago. Garces owns seven restaurants in Philadelphia (with an eighth on the way next year)
July 14, 2011 |
Food-truck battles and cupcake wars; little people crafting chocolate confections and five-star chefs forging masterpieces with ingredients from a vending machine; molecular gastronomes making scientific ideas edible, and D-list celebs opening a restaurant. Full yet? Food shows were once largely limited to quiet PBS instructional fare - like how to calmly make a cheese souffle under Julia Child's tutelage. While there are still plenty of series teaching viewers how to cook (there are now two channels devoted to food with the recent launch of the Cooking Channel, an edgy spin-off of the Food Network)