Chef Interviews

Bill Telepan’s Secret for a Happy Kitchen

Bill Telepan’s Secret for a Happy Kitchen

The subject: Chef Bill Telepan, sat across from us as we nervously shuffled our recording device, pen, and paper. This was our first interview, and Chef Bill is intense.  As we fumbled he went into boss mode, swooped up my phone and downloaded the recording app I...

An Interview with Ron Ben-Israel

An Interview with Ron Ben-Israel

Ron Ben-Israel not only makes breathtaking cakes, but he is also an amazing conversationalist. From a falafel stand in his backyard in Israel to working with Martha Stewart and having his own television show, with a fifteen year career in dance in between, Ron has had...

Helen Yung is a Food Truck Pioneer

Helen Yung is a Food Truck Pioneer

Helen Yung is the co-founder of the artisan ice cream shop Sweet Republic, which has locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona (including at Sky Harbor Airport). They offer flavors ranging from Malted Chocolate Chip and Salted Butter Caramel Swirl to Coconut Cashew...

Bernie Kantak Wanted to be an Artist

Bernie Kantak Wanted to be an Artist

Bernie Kantak is the chef and partner of In Good Spirits Hospitality Group in Phoenix, Arizona, but he hails from Upstate New York and a family of Hungarian cooks and butchers. After coming to Scottsdale for culinary school, he never left and worked his way up through...

Dima Martseniuk: Executive Chef at Veselka in East Village

Dima Martseniuk: Executive Chef at Veselka in East Village

Veselka is a beautiful restaurant in the East Village that has been serving traditional Ukrainian food since 1956. The matzo ball soup, stuffed cabbage, and pierogis were a welcoming site after I trudged through the snowy New York city streets. After enjoying a...

Joey Bats Brings Portuguese “Pastéis De Natas” to New York

Joey Bats Brings Portuguese “Pastéis De Natas” to New York

If you know about Pastel De Nata, the popular pastry in Portugal, rejoice. If you don’t know about it, allow me to introduce Joey Bats Sweets. Joey does not consider himself a chef, but he speaks with the passion and knowledge of a chef. I sat down with the impresario...

John DeLucie is Sick of Kale

John DeLucie is Sick of Kale

For much of the past decade, John DeLucie has been New York City’s most sought-after chef. As founding chef and partner of The Waverly Inn, DeLucie and his take on classic American cuisine attracted both the celebrity crowd and serious food fans, who were wowed by his...

Diego Oka Wanted to Be a Dentist

Diego Oka Wanted to Be a Dentist

     Diego Oka is the Executive Chef at La Mar Miami. The Chefs Connection: Did you go to culinary school?  If so, where? Diego Oka: Yes, Institu Paul Bousse, USIL, Lima TCC: What restaurants have you worked at? DO: Ichi ban Japanesse Restaurant, La mar...

Chef Martin Schaub of Pilsener Haus

Chef Martin Schaub of Pilsener Haus

Chef Martin Schaub has been around the culinary block. Sometimes we don’t realize the expansive stories that these chef’s have. Chefs are not faceless robots just flipping burgers but evolving artists who are always learning and experiencing.

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