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Aired May 9, 2012. Jacques Pépin, dean of The International Culinary Center, is an internationally recognized cookbook author and TV personality.
Aired May 16, 2012. Find out how this celebrated chef of ABC Kitchen went from growing up on New York City pizza and Chinese food to becoming a high-end chef.??????
Aired May 23, 2012. Our dean Emily Luchetti tells the story of how a visit to the legendary Lutèce inspired her and the challenges she faced as an up-and-coming female chef in the industry.
Aired May 30, 2012. Floyd Cardoz, executive chef/partner of North End Grill and winner of Top Chef Masters discusses his vision of combining what he ate growing up in India with what is grown here in the United States.
Aired June 6, 2012. Dean André Soltner tells the story of how he went from wanting to follow in his father's footsteps making cabinets to following his mother's advice and becoming a chef.
As the celebrated chef of Gramercy Tavern (and recipient of the 2012 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef) explains, sometimes the most unlikely paths lead to success in the culinary universe.
Aired June 20, 2012. Daisy explains how her culinary education helped accelerate her career, eventually putting her on the path to host her own TV show, Daisy Cooks, on PBS.
Aired June 27, 2012. The British-born acclaimed chef of Corton in New York City is the subject of a new documentary film, A Matter of Taste.
Aired July 11, 2012. Pichet Ong worked as pastry chef to many renowned chefs before breaking out on his own as a consulting pastry chef and restaurant and bakery business owner.
Robert Surles, aka Chef Bobo
Aired July 18, 2012. A leader in the school food reform movement, alumnus Chef Bobo, executive chef of Manhattan's Calhoun School, has devoted his life to changing how children eat and think about food.
Aired July 25, 2012. ICC dean and chef of Manresa, the two-star Michelin restaurant based in Los Gatos, California, discusses his vision of American regional cuisine and the special relationship he has built with the nearby Love Apple Farms.
Aired August 1, 2012. King of Cakes Ron Ben-Israel served in the military and was a modern dancer before he found his life's calling as the maker of haute design cakes based in the heart of Manhattan's SoHo.
Aired August 8, 2012. This week's featured chef on "Chef's Story" with Dorothy Cann Hamilton is winner of the James Beard Rising Star Chef award Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar. Baking is in Christina's DNA - and she explains how growing up studying mathematics and Italian ended up pushing her along her baking career.
Aired August 15, 2012. Renowned chef Anita Lo, chef/owner of Manhattan's Annisa, has traveled the world and worked in some of the city's finest restaurants.
Aired August 22, 2012. Hear about Jonathan Benno's experiences as the opening chef of the renowned Per Se, and how it influenced his vision at his current restaurant, Lincoln.
Aired August 29, 2012. Austrian-born chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of the acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant Wallse discusses his various inspirations, from art and architecture to music.
Aired September 5, 2012. Inspired by Alice Waters' California cuisine, yet quintessentially New York, Chef Jonathan Waxman is widely regarded as one of the most influential American chefs.
Cesare Casella Aired September 12, 2012. The noted Italian chef, restaurateur, cookbook writer, and educator—a dean of The ICC— recently opened his second New York City restaurant, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto.
José Andrés Aired September 26, 2012. Named Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2011, José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues,author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Most recently, as dean of The ICC, he has created our new Spanish Culinary Arts program.
Alfred Portale Aired September 26, 2012. On this week's show, Dorothy speaks to longtime chef of one of New York's most seminar restaurants, Gotham Bar and Grill. As one of the key influencers in the development of New American Cuisine, he has influenced not only the notable chefs who trained in his kitchen, but a generation of American chefs.
Jorge Collazo Aired October 3, 2012. The New York City school system serves 860,000 meals to students in 1,700 school. Hear about the challenges of providing fresh, healthy meals from the Department of Education's executive chef Jorge Collazo.
Francis Mallman Aired October 10, 2012. This week on Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton is joined by renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallmann, chef/owner at 1884 in the Argentine wine region of Mendoza; Patagonia Sur, in Buenos Aires; and the Hotel & Restaurant Garzon in Uruguay.
Bill Telepan Aired October 17, 2012. Bill Telepan, a leading chef in the sustainable food movement, shares his experiences working under top New York City chefs, opening his eponymous restaurant, and his role as executive chef for Wellness in the Schools.
Daniel Rose Aired November 7, 2012. Midwestern-born Daniel Rose has taken Paris by storm. Hear more about his experiences as an American chef opening a restaurant in the heart of Paris.
Missy Robbins Aired November 14, 2012. Missy Robbins, executive chef of A Voce, details her experiences rising up through the ranks in top kitchens, from Charlie Trotters and Spiaggia in Chicago to her time in New York City.
Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow Aired November 28, 2012. Aired November 14, 2012. This week on Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with two of New York's most interesting restauranteurs, visionaries and renegades - Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman, the men behind the highly successful Meatball Shop chain.
Jacques Torres Aired December 5, 2012. Jacques Torres is a master pastry chef, and a teacher of the pastry arts. Tune into this episode to hear Jacques talk about competing in pastry and becoming a Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (MOF).
John Besh Aired December 12, 2012. Today on Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton is joined by New Orleans restauranteur, television personality, community activist and cookbook author John Besh.
Amanda Cohen Aired December 19, 2012. This week on Chef's Story, we get the chance to hear from Amanda Cohen, the young talented chef/owner behind Dirt Candy, the breakout "vegetable restaurant" that was recently awarded 2 stars in the New York Times.
Jim Lahey Aired January 23, 2013. Who needs knead? We're talking bread on this week's episode of Chef's Story as Dorothy Cann Hamilton is joined by the one and only Jim Lahey. Jim is the founder of Sullivan Street Bakery, New York’s premier bakery, where he has become renowned not just for his bread, but for his Roman-style pizza, rustic Italian pastries and cookies.
Michael Lomonaco Aired February 20, 2013. Michael Lomonaco has NYC and Brooklyn in his blood, and he's here to share his culinary journey on Chef's Story with Dorothy Cann Hamilton. Tune in and hear what it was like growing up in Bensonhurst in an Italian American family and cooking things like zeppoli and cranberry beans at home.
Jenny Glasgrow Aired February 27, 2013. Tune in as host Dorothy Cann Hamilton is joined by catering chef Jenny Glasgow of Oliver Cheng Catering & Events. Find out how restaurant cooking and catering cooking are completely different and how events can be stressful, hectic and miraculous.
George Mendes Aired March 6, 2013. Acclaimed Chef George Mendes opens up on an intimate conversation with Dorothy Cann Hamilton on this week's episode of Chef's Story. A first-generation American born to Portuguese parents, George Mendes has fond memories of the elaborate, festive meals his family would prepare while he was growing up in Danbury, Connecticut.
Judy Joo Aired March 13, 2013. Get to know Judy Joo on this week's episode of Chef's Story! Judy is one of the four Iron Chefs for the UK and the Executive Chef for The Playboy Club London, which launched in all of its 1960’s glamour this summer. Judy went to Columbia University where in addition to earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in engineering, she explored New York’s diverse culinary offerings and whet her palate for gastronomic adventures.
Seamus Mullen Aired March 20, 2013. Seamus Mullen is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. He is the chef/owner behind Tertulia. Tune in to this week's episode of Chef's Story as Dorothy Cann Hamilton chats with Seamus about his homesteading Vermont upbringing, his time spend ex at Mugaritz learning the Basque Cuisine, and the opening of his first restaurant, Tertulia.
Joaquin Baca Aired April 3, 2013. Joaquin Baca is the unsung hero behind the Momofuku empire. After answering a Monster.com ad, he met David Chang and went on to become co-owner of Momofuku, opening Noodle Bar, Ssam Bar and Ko with Chang. Years later, he has gone on to open Brooklyn Star, a family-style Old American restaurant in North Williamsburg that offers comfort food in the best way possible.
Tony Maws Aired April 10, 2013. Tony Maws is a non-traditional chef – an “idealist with a kitchen” might be a more appropriate job description. His ideology: that local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients are intrinsically better, and that these ingredients form the most significant part of what makes great food great.
Dale Talde Aired April 17, 2013. Chef Dale Talde is a first generation Filipino American who made a splash on Top Chef All Stars and is the chef/owner at TALDE, Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern. Chef Talde has been named Food & Wine's 2013 People's Best New Chef for New York City, and is one of the most talked about chefs in the industry right now.
Francois Payard Aired April 24, 2013. Chef Francois Payard is one of the most highly regarded and critically acclaimed pastry chefs in the world. Hear him recount his culinary journey this week on Chef's Story.
Kenny Callaghan Aired May 1, 2013. With summer quickly approaching, get into the spirit of the barbecue season! Hear the story of pit-master Kenny Callaghan of Blue Smoke, one of the premier BBQ restaurants in New York City.
Daniel Boulud Aired May 8, 2013. Daniel Boulud is a world renowned chef and restauranteur hailing from a farm just outside Lyon, France. He is chef and owner of several of the top restaurants around the globe, including Daniel, the 3 Michelin Star New York City restaurant. Daniel has been in the restaurant industry since he was a teenager, learning and apprenticing in France.
Alex Guarnaschelli Aired May 15, 2013. On this week's episode of Chef's Story, hear Alex Guarnaschelli's story - from growing up as the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli to culinary education across the world, to eventually finding her own style in the kitchen.
Marc Vidal Aired May 22, 2013. Chef Marc Vidal is bringing a history of Catalan and French food to Boqueria. Hear Dorothy and Marc discuss tapas culture, and the idea of small plates in the New York City restaurant scene. Learn all about Iberico ham, bread and tomatoes, and other traditional Spanish tapas.
Sara Moulton Aired May 29, 2013. Sara Moulton, a once reluctant on-air personality, is now one of the preeminent chefs on television. From behind the scenes with Julia Child, to being Gourmet magazine’s in-house chef, and correspondent to Good Morning America, Sara has shaped the way of our American palate, both visually and viscerally.
Sean Brock Aired June 5, 2013. Sean Brock is the executive chef of Husk, based in Charleston, South Carolina, with a new location also opening in Nashville, Tennessee. Born and raised in rural Virginia, the experience of growing his own food with his family sparked his interest in becoming a chef.
Matthew Lightner Aired June 12, 2013. Matthew Lightner takes us through his journey growing up in the Midwest, moving to Portland, Oregon at the age of 18, looking for work in various restaurants in Spain and San Diego, and eventually opening his restaurant, Atera, in New York City.
Michelle Weaver Aired June 19, 2013. A native from the south and growing up in Alabama, Chef Michelle Weaver was raised with a passion for cooking, from learning at an early age the importance of farm-to-table, to growing up cooking with the freshest ingredients from her mother’s extensive garden and farm, and experiencing the true taste of the soil.
John T. Edge Aired July 10, 2013. This week on Chef's Story we have John T Edge, who actually, (for the first time in this show's history) is not a chef! Nonetheless, Mr. Edge is known throughout the food industry as a writer and educator, especially within southern culture.
Brooks Headley Aired July 17, 2013. Tying together his early passion for music and drumming with food and dessert, he talks with Dorothy about performing as both a musician and a chef, finding his start reading cookbooks, and utilizing his Italian roots as an inspiration in his dishes.
Dominique Ansel Aired July 24, 2013. On this special episode of Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton speaks with Dominique Ansel, executive pastry chef of the Dominique Ansel Bakery, and the maker of the world famous Cronut.
Laurent Tourondel Aired July 31, 2013. Tune-in to find out how Laurent manages his empire of restaurants, how he continues to find inspiration and creativity within food, and his advice for young chefs willing to break into the industry.
The Lee Brothers, Matt and Ted Lee Aired August 28, 2013. Siblings Matt and Ted grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts.
Jair Tellez Aired September 4, 2013. This week on Chef's Story, Jair Tellez joins host Dorothy Cann Hamilton to talk about his story to becoming a chef at MeroToro, and opening his first restaurant, Laja, located in Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.
Gary Danko Aired September 11, 2013. This week on Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton is in the San Francisco Bay Area to speak with Gary Danko, executive chef at his own personal restaurant, Gary Danko, located in Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco.
Chris Cosentino Aired September 18, 2013. Growing up in Rhode Island, Chris Cosentino spent his time clamming, commercial fishing, and cranking the pasta machine in his great-grandmother’s kitchen. He was raised on a cuisine particular to parts of New England where Atlantic seafood, Yankee fare and classic Italian cooking fuse into one colorful gastronomy.
Shaun Hergatt Aired September 25, 2013. Shaun Hergatt is the executive chef of Juni, a boutique restaurant which celebrates the height of the season. Growing up in a culinary-oriented family in Cairns, Australia, Chef Hergatt was enamored with cooking from a young age. He was exposed to a unique combination of impassioned and professional cooking by way of his Scandinavian grandmother and his father, a professional chef.
Daniel Humm Aired October 9, 2013. Daniel Humm is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Eleven Madison Park, in New York City. Eleven Madison Park expresses the spirit of grand New York dining, with executive chef Daniel Humm's masterfully prepared pure, market-driven cuisine.
Charles Phan, pt. 1 Aired October 16, 2013. This week on Chef's Story, Charles Phan, owner and executive chef of The Slanted Door in San Francisco, joins host Dorothy Cann Hamilton for a conversation about Charles' special memories, beliefs, inspirations, and passions of his craft.
Charles Phan, pt. 2 Aired October 23, 2013. This week on Chef's Story, Charles Phan, owner and executive chef of The Slanted Door in San Francisco, joins host Dorothy Cann Hamilton for part two of a conversation about Charles' special memories, beliefs, inspirations, and passions of his craft. Part two explores deeper into Charles' life, and further explains his high standards for both service and ingredients.
Bobby Flay Aired October 30, 2013. On today's episode of Chef's Story, the guest is none other than Bobby Flay - food personality, celebrity chef, and restauranteur. Host Dorothy Cann Hamilton takes us through the beginnings of Flay's career, from working as a busser, to getting his first start in the kitchen, going to the French Culinary Institute, and eventually becoming the chef and TV personality he is now.
Joshua Skenes Aired November 6, 2013. Widely praised for his innovative cooking techniques, Joshua Skenes has quickly made a name for himself on the national culinary scene as one of Food + Wine‘s “Best New Chefs of 2011.” Learn where along Joshua's career path that he discovered his sensitive and pure palette, and how he learned to become the "Joshua Skenes Executive Chef" today.
Clayton Miller Aired November 13, 2013. Seven months after opening Trummer's on Main, Clayton Miller received a call from Food & Wine notifying him that he was nominated for Best New Chef. This week on Chef's Story, Dorothy Cann Hamilton sits down with Clay to discuss his path to chef fame and his adventures along the way.
Alain Sailhac Aired December 11, 2013. In this episode of Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton asks French chef Alain Sailhac, Executive Vice President and Dean Emeritus at The International Culinary Center, about the food scarcity problem throughout his remarkable upbringing in southwest France during World War II. After the break, Alain tells us some tales about a caviar mountain, a coffee overdose, and the times he went to jail for over-salting. Finally, he talks about his time at Le Cirque.
Joel Viehland Aired January 8, 2014. Tune into this edition of Chef's Story to hear why Joel was fired from Gramercy Tavern, and how the experience motivated his desire to work in small kitchens and forge his career as a chef. Hear how Joel learned to love Southern and Nordic food through his work in New Orleans and the esteemed Noma.
Daniel Patterson Pt. 1 Aired January 15, 2014. This week on Chef's Story, host Dorothy Cann Hamilton travels to San Francisco to interview chef Daniel Patterson about his restaurant: Coi, and his new book: Coi: Stories and Recipes. Dorothy and Daniel got into such an interesting conversation that we had to split it up into two segments! So stay tuned for next week's continuation of this thrilling episode.
Daniel Patterson Pt. 2 Aired January 22, 2014. This week on Chef's Story, we hear the second half of Dorothy's interview with chef Daniel Patterson, owner of Coi and author of Coi: Stories and Recipes. In this episode, Daniel talks about his passion for opening restaurants and working through the obstacles of maintaining a warm, intimate environment within them.
Michael Tusk Aired February 5, 2014. On this week's episode of Chef's Story, Dorothy interviews Michael Tusk in California. Michael tells us about the things in his childhood that inspired him to get into the food world and become a chef. Later, he describes what it was like to open Quince in San Francisco. Tune in to hear the full story! This program has been sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.