Celebrity Chefs

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    June 19, 2014
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    March 24, 2014

    On the Line: Peter Petro of Ten Asian Bistro and Bosscat Kitchen, Part One

    Chef Peter and I share a common babysitter growing up: PBS. More specifically, one OG celebrity chef (before they were even referred to as celebrity) by the name of Martin Yan. His fascination with food began with family memories in the kitchen, and television helped fueled his passion to create. B ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    September 27, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Patchwork Edible, Mad Hungry Woman, and More!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 7, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Umami Burger, Craft Beer, and Las Vegas Dining!

    Just a reminder folks to tune in to the SoCal Restaurant Show every Saturday morning on KLAA-AM 830 because it's Anaheim-based and Weekling pal Jet Tila is the host. Here's the lineup for mañana--enjoy!

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    May 17, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Marcus Samuelsson, Montage Eating, and Our Own Bill Esparza!

    If it's a Friday afternoon, that means it's time for the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830 to give us a scoop on what they'll have on their Saturday morning show. Without further ado, here's producer (and kinda-co-host) Andy Harris with the details!

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Rick Bayless Insults Yet Another California City's Mexican Food Traditions

    My lord, does Rick Bayless want all Mexicans in the United States to hate him or something? Back in 2010, the celebrity chef of Mexican food notoriously said Los Angeles didn't have much of a Mexican food tradition, then denied he ever said that while trashing Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Time ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Chef Robet Irvine Live

    City National Grove of Anaheim

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Ume's Lauren Larson On What It's Like To Get A Call From Perry Ferrell

    Like other bands before them, Ume (pronounced ooh-may), took to Kickstarter in order to help fund their next album. Raising the necessary funds faster than you can say "trip to Seattle," the indie-garage band is planning a quick turn-around, with the album slated to be released in 2013. Not ones to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    WATCH: A Sneak Peek Of Anthony Bourdain And David Chang's New TV Show

    Two culinary bad boys. One badass TV show. The Mind of A Chef is a new series premiering Nov. 9 on PBS. Produced by the Zero Point Zero of No Reservations, the show will be narrated by Anthony Bourdain and explore the "the kitchen, the world, and the mind" of hell-raising New York City chef Dav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    LA Food and Wine Festival This Weekend

    We're got our food festivals here, sure, and they're usually pretty cool events. I spent last Sunday afternoon very happily and gluttonously stuffing my face with pork and craft cocktails, and there's always the Taste of OC and the various city tasting events. There's Patchwork and Secret Fork, wher ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012
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    June 18, 2012

    Jamie Oliver's New Competitive Cooking Series To Debut In The Fall

    Anthony Bourdain is slated to do one. Now so is Jamie Oliver. I'm talking about yet another cooking competition show. This time, the British chef who was recently most notable for making America wretch over the substance called pink slime, is executive producing a new series called Chef Race: U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain To Collaborate With Olive Garden Reviewer

    Bourdain. Bourdain. Bourdain. The Travel Channel host, ex-chef and author people seem to like to label a "bad boy" and "foul-mouthed" has been everywhere these past couple of days. He was on The Daily Show last week plugging the new season of No Reservations, but he's also been revealing a lot in in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    Food Network Casting Season 3 of The Great Food Truck Race. Food Truckers Need Not Apply.

    ​Have you been thinking of starting a food truck but just don't have the capital? Tyler Florence wants you for The Great Food Truck Race! The casting call was put out today for new teams to compete in the third season of the show and the producers aren't exactly interested whether you even have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    On the Line: Lisa Fontanesi of Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Part Two

    ​In Part One of our Q&A with Lisa Fontanesi, we learned about the mission of the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, in particular how the Santa Ana community differs from the other places the mobile teaching kitchen has stopped. Today, we learn more about how our subject got started on her path in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    On the Line: Anne Eng of Panfiniti, Part One

    Photo by Mary Pastrana​When it came time to interview someone aboard another luxe lonchera, Anne Eng's Panfiniti reminded me of a concept my friend would talk about opening if she could. Wrapping our digits around grilled bread and melty fillings is a menu we can all relate to. We also related to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Learn to Cook on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Truck!​Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Truck is parked in Santa Ana until April, offering free classes on healthy cooking for the community. Today, from 3 to 7 p.m., the massive mobile kitchen is holding an open house to which the public is invited. Santa Ana-based organization Latino H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Cooking Apps Gain Acceptance At French Cookbook Awards

    iTunes​How do you know that mobile phone cooking apps have moved on from geek novelties to legitimate resources people actually use? When The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, a competition which has been honoring the best in cookbooks since 1995, creates a special category for them in this year's c ... More >>

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    January 3, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Kim of Rolling Sushi Van, Part One

    ​What can you say about someone who pimps sushi out of his nontraditional wheels? Chris Kim's luxe lonchera is a Mercedes Sprinter van, and he has even fewer square feet to work with than any New Yorker (assuming they're using their kitchens). While he recovered from the New Year's Eve event at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    On the Line: Bruno Serato of Anaheim White House, Part One

    ​In the first 30 minutes after sitting down with Bruno Serato, he received a text from a major pasta company wanting to donate, a group of ladies handing a check as they headed in for their holiday lunch, a call from a supermodel wanting to help his cause, and another group that mentioned purchasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    This Week In Food: The Racist Chinese Restaurant in Dubai, The Holiday Bruxie and Eating Baby Jesus via Riverfront Times​A very merry Christmas to you and yours from us here at OC Weekly! Enjoy all of the highlights from Stick A Fork In It this week in this blog entry and we'll see you after the holidays!

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    December 20, 2011

    On the Line: Giovanni Roman of Roman Cucina, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Sitting across from Giovanni Roman outside a coffeehouse along Harbor Boulevard, you wouldn't suspect he cooked for a living--until we brought up the topic of pasta. Our humbled chef talked off the cuff about his brother (and business partner) David, his favorite places to ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    On the Line: Brian Bennett of Paul Martin's American Grill, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​One of the visionaries behind Paul Martin's, Brian Bennett teamed up with Paul Fleming in selecting local purveyors and perfecting the sustainable menu at their ideal neighborhood restaurant. With a personality as grand as his Tommy Bahama shirt collection, Bennett shares q ... More >>

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    December 6, 2011

    On the Line: Alan Greeley of the Golden Truffle, Part One

    ​Although chef Alan Greeley exercised brevity when responding to our questionnaire, his true colors shine in the kitchen. Disciples of his enduring cuisine understand the notion of world travel on a plate. The Golden Truffle's patio is the best seat in the house for this week's featured subject.Wh ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    On the Line: Eric Souka of Capital Seafood, Part One

    ​The latest branch of Capital Seafood greeted guests just less than a month ago, bringing its signature Asian cuisine to the lifestyle venue known as the Irvine Spectrum. Executive director Eric Souka has been cooking with Capital for more than 30 years, and he was gracious enough to meet between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    The Simpsons Takes on Food Blogging, Molecular Gastronomy and Sriracha in Next Episode

    Courtesy of 20th Century Fox via Grub Street​When we saw this image, we did a double take. What the what? Nope, our eyes aren't deceiving us. That is, in fact, Bart chillin' with some faux Sriracha and kimchi.It's from the next Simpsons episode, which, as Grub Street reveals, will be devoted to fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    On The Line: Sea Kyeong Kim of Charlie Palmer At Bloomingdales, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​When we first began our On The Line series over two years ago, Amar Santana was one of our first interviews. How times have changed. As Santana puts the finishing touches to his  Broadway baby, we spend some time with his hand-picked successor, Chef Sea Kyeong Kim. Ori ... More >>

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    May 30, 2011

    Food & Wine Festival Starts Today at Downtown Disney

    Photo by: Scott Brinegar/DisneylandGuy Fieri at a previous year's DCA's Food & Wine Festival​Since Disney has effectively put the kibosh on this year's and any foreseeable year's California Food and Wine Festival usually held at their California Adventure Park, the Patina Group of restaurants ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    On the Line: Jared Cook of St. Roy Chef's Pub at Vine Restaurant, Part One

    Phot by Kevin Lara​Can a name for our featured chef be more appropriate than Jared Cook? Nah. The man in the kitchen at St. Roy Chef's Pub offers us his thoughts on foodies and how he likes to spend his free time. On the Line, Part One, begins below.What are six words to describe your food?Real, c ... More >>

  • Food

    May 12, 2011

    G Burger Hits the G Spot

    George Makri's La Habra burger stand straddles the comfortable center between dives and boutiques

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    February 17, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain

    Cerritos Center

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2011

    Rick Bayless Blocks Mexican-Food Blogger Bill Esparza from Following His Twitter Account

    ​Any of the more than 108,000 followers that celebrity chef Rick Bayless has on Twitter knows that the U.S.'s most-famous cook of Mexican food has spent the weekend in Baja California scoping the scene for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time. "Super-busy scouting n Baja morn2nite 4 season 8 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Paula Deen Wants to Massage Your Butt

    Courtesy of John Trussell​Rule 34 says that if it exists, there is porn of it.Paula Deen's food exists.This, seen in a kitchen store in New Hampshire, is not helping. It's a dry seasoning for pork butts, and that's definitely not helping.Allow us to suggest ideas for similar items destined for oth ... More >>

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    February 1, 2011

    On the Line: Renieri Caceres of Rustica in Fashion Island, Part One

    Photo Courtesy of Moxxe PR​There has been a changing of the guard at Rustica in Fashion Island. Grant MacPherson left the kitchen sometime last November, leaving it to the very capable hands of his chef de cuisine, Renieri Caceres, who, like his predecessor, came from Sin City. Executive chef ... More >>

  • Food

    January 20, 2011

    DG Burger Is Damned If You Do

    Charlie Palmer's downmarket burger at South Coast Plaza tries not to eat up all the profits

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Jinan Montecristo of Les Amis, Part One

    Photo by Todd BarnesLes Amis is the little Lebanese restaurant in Fullerton we reviewed a few weeks ago. Though owner Jinan Montecristo credits her mom for all the wonderful food (as you'll read in the interview) it is Jinan who is the driving force. Here's Part One of out On The Line intervie ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010

    The Science of Gingerbread

    Discovery Science Center

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Rick LeBlanc of Rick's Atomic Cafe Goes On the Line

    Photo by Todd Barnes​From a hidden office in a hidden industrial park behind another hidden industrial park in Costa Mesa, Rick LeBlanc has been wowing foodies and office drones alike with his Rick's Atomic Cafe, an all-American eater given spins by LeBlanc's organic-obsessed mind and able hands-- ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    On the Line: Danny Godinez of Anepalco's Cafe, Part Uno

    Photo by Todd BarnesGodinez putting the finishing strokes on his bomb-ass huevos divorciados​I must admit I wasn't blown away the first time I visited Anepalco's Cafe in Orange--found the chilaquiles a bit too exotic. But I'm always man enough to admit when I was wrong, and I've more than made up ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    On The Line: Derek Venutolo of The Capital Grille, Part One

    Photo by Todd Barnes​A few weeks ago, we profiled the executive chef of Seasons 52. This week, we talk to the guy upstairs. We mean that literally. Chef Derek Venutolo is the executive chef of Capital Grille, the steakhouse that sits on top of Seasons 52 at South Coast Plaza. Here's Part One o ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Gabe Gordon of Beachwood BBQ, Part One

    Photo by Todd Barnes​ When Gabe Gordon first secured the Seal Beach spot now known as Beachwood BBQ, one of OC's most beloved rib joints, the chef/owner was considering another kind of place in its stead. What was that concept? Well you have to read tomorrow, where we ask him about it on the sec ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Pete Lehmar of Gladstone's, Part Two

    Christopher Victorio​Chef Pete Lehmar of Gladstone's of Long Beach is on the line with us this week. So strong is his commitment to fresh seafood that he built a human-powered aircraft to get the seafood out of the harbor. (Check the Flugtag slide show. It was epic. And full of plummet.) If you mi ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Greg Howe of Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Raya, the new restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, is Richard Sandoval's restaurant. Including this one, the celebrity chef (that you may not have heard of but will soon enough) has opened three eateries in Southern California since spring (The other two are in Santa M ... More >>

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    August 29, 2010

    Jonathan Gold Lectures at Marche Moderne About Mexican Food "Authenticity," Laughs at Rick Bayless

    Frontera Grill is sabroso, though...​Updated after the jump: Rick Bayless responds! And isn't happy...and one of the kings of LA food blogging has even funnier things to say about Bayless... Last Thursday, the CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California (formerly the California Chicano News Media Asso ... More >>

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    July 20, 2010

    Jason Quinn of The Lime Truck, Part One

    Photo by Christopher VictorioJason Quinn and Daniel Shemtob​When I say that The Lime Truck is the youngest of OC's new age food trucks, I mean it. It's as green to the scene as their bright lime paint job. As you read this post, the truck would've been on the road roughly a month. The two guys beh ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Craig Connole of House Of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer, Part One

    Photo by Tracy Powell ​House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer has managed to achieve the seemingly impossible: affordable seafood in Laguna Beach. And it does it with that tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek name that's as fun to say as it probably took them to make up. The chef and ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    Zov Karamardian of Zov's Bistro, Part 1

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Zov Karamardian is a restauranteur's restauranteur. Her Zov's Bistro in Tustin has won more awards than most have customers and in recent years she's expanded her empire to Newport Beach and Irvine. She still has time to host charity events as well as write a best-se ... More >>

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    April 15, 2010

    California Adventure's Food & Wine Fest Starts Friday

    Photo by: Scott Brinegar/Disneyland​My, how time flies. Disney's California Food & Wine Festival is already in its fifth year. From April 16 through May 31, the park that isn't Disneyland will hold its annual food celebration with cooking demos, wine seminars, and appearances from celebrity ... More >>

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