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August 4, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- With surgical precision, she sliced six equal-sized disks of Kobe beef tenderloin. She seemed unfazed that the narrow, 2-foot-long slab of rose-colored meat -- which came from a beer-fed cow that was massaged twice a day -- cost $260. "He lived every man's dream," said Grace Fiske, "Chef for a Day" at Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar, referring to the source of the steak. "Beer and massages!" Despite her monogrammed chef's jacket and expertise in slicing and dicing, Fiske is not a professional, guest celebrity chef to the upscale seafood restaurant.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 19, 2012
There's a new chef in town. After bouncing around more than four kitchens over the past decade, Greg Harrison has taken the reins as Five Crowns' executive chef. "I'm going to change it up," he said in a crisp white chef's uniform, his enthusiasm evident as he sat on a bar stool. "I'm bringing new ideas to the table. " Harrison, 35, replaced Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, 31, from Lawry's Restaurants, the restaurant group that includes Five Crowns, on June 19. Wilson, the grandson of Five Crowns founder Richard Frank, acted as executive chef after veteran Dennis Brask retired after 26 years at the helm in February 2011.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2007
Celebrity chef Tyler Florence is slated to showcase his culinary talents in the demonstration kitchen in Bloomingdale?s at South Coast Plaza from 2 to 4 p.m. today. Florence is promoting his new cookbook, ?Tyler?s Ultimate at Home,? and guests will have the opportunity to taste Florence?s cooking as well as the opportunity to receive autographed copies of the new book. ?Tyler?s Ultimate at Home,? features recipes Florence has found during his travels all over the world for his various cooking shows and personal endeavors.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2008
Jean-Pierre Dubray, a chef for the Ritz-Carlton company for more than 20 years, and executive chef of the chain’s San Francisco hotel, has signed on as executive chef of The Resort at Pelican Hill, the Irvine Co. officials announced Thursday. The French-born Dubray will oversee the resort’s three restaurants as well as in-room dining and banquet services. He is scheduled to begin work March 17. Dubray said he was glad to be back in Orange County. “You couldn’t ask for a better location and a better team of people,” he said.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 18, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the relationship between Ryan O'Melveny Wilson and Richard N. Frank. After 26 years behind the stove, award-winning Five Crowns and SideDoor Executive Chef Dennis Brask has handed over his spatula to a new generation. The new executive chef at the neighboring establishments in Corona del Mar is Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, 30, the grandson of Richard N. Frank, who opened Five Crowns in 1965. Brask, 60, retired so he could spend more time with his family.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | November 13, 2010
For those who aren't sure how hot that serrano chili pepper is once it hits the soup, remember this: The seeds aren't what make the pepper hot; that's been a misnomer for years. What gives the pepper its heat are the veins inside it — at the base, not the tip. So if you don't want whatever it is you're cooking to be too hot, just cut a small vein out of the tip and you'll be OK. As for pomegranate, if you want to look cool around school, just buy a few pieces of fruit at the grocery store, roll them around on a hard counter top to "juicen them up," then stick straws in the top of them.
NEWS
September 3, 2010
COSTA MESA — A graduate of Orange Coast College's culinary arts program won first place this week in a contest in which four top chefs went up against one another to see who could create an all-chocolate vehicle that actually moved. Award-winning Las Vegas pastry chef Chris Hanmer, a former resident of Costa Mesa, won $10,000 — not to mention a shot at fame on the TV screen. You can check it out on the Food Network at 6 p.m. Saturday. The contest, dubbed the Food Network Runaway Chocolate Challenge, will also air at 7 p.m. Sunday.
NEWS
August 8, 2013
About $15,000 was raised for culinary programs and student scholarships at the recent Friends of James Beard Dinner held at AnQi by Crustacean in South Coast Plaza, a news release said. Guest chef Daniel Rose collaborated with master chef Helene An and chef de Cuisine Ron Lee to create a six-course meal for 170 attendees for the event in May. The James Beard Foundation asks the restaurant hosting the dinner to donate $7,500. Elizabeth An, chief executive of House of An, which owns and operates AnQi, made a personal matching donation of $7,500, according to the news release.
NEWS
October 31, 2000
Danette Goulet The aroma of fresh garlic and olive oil permeated the air as the thunderous crunch of 30 sets of teeth tearing into fresh bruschetta filled the room. Despite having just finished their lunch period, students were eager to rip into food that was created for them as a demonstration by George Poston, the executive chef from Maggiano's Little Italy in Costa Mesa. In Janet Dukes' culinary arts classes, students are often cooking and sampling their own creations.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | August 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — With the rise in popularity of reality-TV cooking shows and a growing demand for culinary education, chef Mark McDonald saw an opportunity to expand a small neighborhood café into something outside the traditional food-service model. In January, McDonald — chef and co-owner of the Old Vine Café in Costa Mesa — will partner with the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts to take a group of about 25 people on a 10-day culinary adventure through southern Italy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | May 2, 2014
Jon Favreau was right - it's an exceptionally bad idea to watch "Chef" on an empty stomach. Slow-cooked cured meats, golden-brown grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar-sprinkled beignets and undeniably delicious-looking Cuban sandwiches drew murmurs of appreciation from all who watched his latest project Thursday. But the "Wolf of Wall Street," "Elf" and "Swingers" actor doesn't consider himself a foodie. Although he enjoys eating, he won't necessarily hunt down restaurants in different cities or work his free time to be able to taste different types of preparations.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | March 31, 2014
Brian Hirsty, executive chef for the Bluewater Grill, died March 10 following a recent diagnosis of a rare bone marrow disease. He was 47. Hirsty grew up in Southern California. He would often awake before the sun rose, eager to spend time with local fishermen arriving with the day's catch, according to an online restaurant memorial tribute. He would use the fish to practice recipes from the "Joy of Cooking" cookbook, the tribute continued, creating dishes praised by his earliest fan: his brother.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 27, 2013
In the back of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen on the day before Thanksgiving, Lorrie Sanchez rasped out instructions to two volunteers straining out turkey stock for the stuffing. For more than a dozen years, Sanchez has run a kitchen without a regular staff, without recipes and without knowing what ingredients she'll have the next day. But she does know that hundreds of people will be waiting outside on 19th Street, expecting something to eat. On Wednesday, she geared up for Thanksgiving dinner by overseeing the preparation of tubs of homemade stuffing, vats of sweet potatoes and more than 40 turkeys.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | November 21, 2013
Tucked away in the Island Hotel's kitchen, past the room-service carts and the dinner assembly stations, an old Sabot leans against a storage room wall. It awaits repair, not for sailing but for nibbling. Before most guests awake Friday morning, the Newport Beach hotel's pastry team will wheel the boat into the hotel's lobby and begin to cover the dinghy with piece after piece of gingerbread, creating a decoration fit for a holiday celebration in the coastal town. "I wouldn't say nobody will eat it," Andy de la Cruz, the Island Hotel's pastry chef, said last week with a laugh.
NEWS
August 8, 2013
About $15,000 was raised for culinary programs and student scholarships at the recent Friends of James Beard Dinner held at AnQi by Crustacean in South Coast Plaza, a news release said. Guest chef Daniel Rose collaborated with master chef Helene An and chef de Cuisine Ron Lee to create a six-course meal for 170 attendees for the event in May. The James Beard Foundation asks the restaurant hosting the dinner to donate $7,500. Elizabeth An, chief executive of House of An, which owns and operates AnQi, made a personal matching donation of $7,500, according to the news release.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
A culinary student from Orange Coast College won the National Culinary Challenge this week in Minneapolis, OCC announced Wednesday. Bryce Benes made a dish called "Duo of Duck" to take the top prize in the contest sponsored by the National Association of College & University Food Services (NACUFS). Participating chefs had an hour to cook four portions of an original recipe, hot entree, an OCC news release said. Judges ranked the dishes based on taste, cooking skill and techniques, organizational skills and sanitation.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
A Laguna Beach chef says animal rights activists posted personal information - including his cell phone number and credit card transactions - online because he served foie gras. Activists hacked into the website of Hudson Valley Foie Gras , from whom Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach purchased fattened duck liver, and distributed his and more than 1,200 other clients' personal information to animal rights groups, which posted the data online April 24. The list included email addresses, personal cell phone numbers and credit card transactions.
NEWS
By Annie Kim | May 2, 2013
The owners of a small but growing catering business packed their truck full of Costco produce and headed toward a commercial kitchen space rental in Laguna Beach. The goal: to prepare 200 dinners. But once they got to the space, Newport Beach residents Shelby Coffman and Christie Frazier found the doors padlocked. The owner, who was in Las Vegas, had forgotten to leave a key. "All we were to them was additional income," Coffman said of that day three years ago. "We told ourselves, 'never again.' There had to be a simpler way to do this.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 18, 2013
TUSTIN - At 11 years old, Marissa Angelina Wendt has her own baking show. Viewers can learn how to make treats like unicorn poop cookies or vanilla bean cupcakes at the Irvine resident's SugarNomsTV channel on YouTube. "I have a sweet tooth, and I'm just really passionate about baking," Marissa said. This week, a video she posted to SugarNoms won her the title of Best Kid Chef from Orange County restaurateur Zov Karamardian who has eateries stretching from Newport Beach to Tustin and Irvine.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alexander and Anthony Kaufman | April 16, 2013
Corn dogs. It was the only type of cuisine that our mother, former Gossiping Gourmet columnist Elle Harrow, could not cook. We were about 7 and 14 years old, respectively, and every morning, she would ask us what we'd want for dinner that evening. "Corn dogs," we said. Always game for a culinary challenge, she took on the task of making corn dogs from scratch with the same amount of relish that she devoted to her own "adult" meals, whether stir fries inspired by her visits to New York's Chinatown, green tomatillo enchiladas gleaned from trips south of the border, or dishes from Julia Child's French cookbooks.
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