Chef Interviews

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.

Matt Hinckley Falls Into Culinary Wormholes

Matt Hinckley Falls Into Culinary Wormholes

My favorite thing about being a chef is the diversity of talent found in every kitchen. I’ve worked alongside chefs who might be neurosurgeons or astrophysicists if not for their food passions.

Joe Murphy on Growing Up And Working in the Kitchen

Joe Murphy on Growing Up And Working in the Kitchen

“Dad, are you famous?” This question took executive pastry chef Joe Murphy by surprise when his son asked him one day recently. A disarmingly kind man, he sat with me to describe what influenced him growing up…

Bryce Shuman Draws Inspiration from His Past

Bryce Shuman Draws Inspiration from His Past

“It was hard, but when things that are hard happen, you have to figure it out because you’re forced to; because you’re human,” executive Chef Bryce Shuman of Betony admitted to me during our heart-to-heart.

Chef Anthony Ricco’s Life Changing Adolescence

Chef Anthony Ricco’s Life Changing Adolescence

A man who commands respect, from his charming smile to his professional demeanor, Ricco acknowledges that his experiences growing up have absolutely carved the path to the life he currently leads.

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