As you format those resumes and starch those aprons, here are some lessons learned from the kitchen -- a helpful guide for the untrained pastry aspirant and a refresher course for the culinary student.
A few months ago, I spoke to Paul Qui in New York and he told me that East Side King, his Austin food truck empire, was taking that first step into their first real kitchen by taking over the back space of The Hole in the Wall, Austin's famous bar in the University of Texas' West Campus.
Austin is a city with a lot of opinions about its food scene, but the one almost unanimous opinion is that the best food trucks in town are the East Side King trucks owned by Chefs Paul Qui and Motoyasu "Moto" Utsunomiya.
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is a 2-week celebration featuring various Chicago events centered on fashion and culture, culminating in Fashion's Night Out.This past week, "A Magnificent Taste" was held at Pioneer Court.
Whenever I brought up the staff meal, I found that chefs were very eager to talk about it, so I decided to make a short film series that explores the staff meals (often called Family Meal) at different restaurants around the country.
Memorable offerings were Michelle Bernstein's crispy sweetbread taco and Morimoto's tar tar interpretation, but the deserving title went to Uchi hometown hero Tyson Cole for a moo shu pork jowl creation that seamlessly fused spot-on Asian flavors in trademark form.