Celebrity Chefs

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    October 6, 2014

    You Can Now Watch Alton Brown's Good Eats (and No Reservations and Other Food Shows) on Netflix

    Hey guys! Some quick good news: Starting from late last week, you can now watch Good Eats on Netflix! Alton Brown published some new, short videos on his YouTube channel a few months ago, but now you can watch full 21-minute episodes from the comfort of your underwear. Now for the bad news..

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    March 18, 2014

    Bobby Flay, on Whether He's Burned Out from Cooking: "No, Definitely Not"

    Take two competitors, have them battle it out, then put the winner toe to toe with one of the top chefs around, and what do you have? It's simple. You have "Beat Bobby Flay." But how simple can that really be? Thursday nights on the Food Network, you'll get to see if this daunting task is possible w ... More >>

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    January 5, 2013

    Emeril Lagasse Takes on Florida but We'd Like Him to Come to Orange County.

    Emeril Lagasse has done it all in his long career in the culinary world. He's an accomplished chef and regional James Beard Award winner, he's a successful restaurateur with eateries all over the US, he's written plenty of amazing cookbooks enabling us to channel our inner chef, and most notably, he ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    Tyler Florence Coming To South Coast Plaza Friday

    If you didn't catch God Thomas Keller there on Tuesday, another brush with celebrity chefdom occurs this Friday at Williams-Sonoma. Best known for his hosting gig on The Great Food Truck Race, Tyler Florence rolls into our favorite shopping mall for a book signing.Bay Area-based with both a successf ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Tom Colicchio Debuts YouTube Fishing Talk Show

    Have you heard of the Reserve Channel? It's a YouTube-only network that features full-length shows by respected people who usually appear on regular TV shows but aren't exactly the Anthony Bourdains or The Oprahs of the world. Eric Ripert has a show on there called On The Table. Now Tom Colicchio do ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain & Nigella Lawson To Host New Cooking Show For ABC

    Anthony Bourdain, who is moving to CNN from the Travel Channel next year, is apparently set to conquer the traditional networks, too. ABC has confirmed that he and Nigella Lawson are planning to hold a cooking competition show for the channel. Details are sketchy at this point, but they are hol ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

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

    ​Do you like what you've read about the Food Revolution program? A new five-week round of classes at Santa Ana's Latino Health Access begins the week of March 2, and very limited openings for classes conducted in English are still available. The program is intended for young people, so priority wi ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Jason Quinn Will Meet You at the Playground

    Inside the hyperkinetic career of the novice chef-turned-cooking star

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    February 14, 2012

    On the Line: Jeff Armstrong of Splashes, Part One

    ​Jeff Armstrong sat at the bar just after conducting a tasting of next season's selections at Splashes. His egg-centric answers were amusing, just like the rest of his tattooed self. A man of few words, it took a Red Bull and view of the Pacific to get our conversation going. What are six words th ... More >>

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    January 24, 2012

    On the Line: Paul Zhu of The Balcony Grill & Bar, Part One

    ​Being the owner of a dining establishment means worrying not only about the food, but also about every other aspect associated with running a business. Marketing campaigns, scheduling of employees and purchasing supplies are just a fraction of the responsibilities Paul Zhu has on his mind at the ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    [UPDATE: Paula Explains on Today] Paula Deen Is Diabetic -- and Cashing In

    ​ UPDATE, JAN. 17, 9:30 A.M.  In this morning's appearance on The Today Show, Deen clears up a few details. She's a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, not Novartis. Al Roker lobbed a few pointed questions, and Deen revealed she kept her diagnosis from the public for three years whi ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    On the Line: Jason Petrie of Pinot Provence, Part One

    ​We first met Jason Petrie at Dux In Tux in November. He had us at truffle (and candied-bacon-and-mushroom risotto -- but not all at once!). Between his Michelin-earning stint at Aureole in Las Vegas and helping Susan Feniger open Street in Los Angeles, it's safe to say Jason is well-seasoned in h ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    On the Line: Lauren 'Lulu' De Rouen of CUCINA enoteca, Part One

    ​At 24, Lulu De Rouen was the youngest executive chef for the Patina Group when she was handed the reins at Leatherby's Cafe Rouge. Five years later, she is as driven as ever to pave the way for CUCINA enoteca's first venture beyond San Diego. Her enthusiasm is contagious as we converse about appr ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    South County's Foodie Emergence, Steamed Hams and More!

    What the Stick a Fork In It bloggers learned about food in Orange County in 2011

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    November 15, 2011

    On the Line: Gretchen Beaumarchais of Honda Center, Part One

    Photo by Meranda CarterShe caters to evvvvvverybody!​It's one thing to serve hundreds of guests per day, but how about thousands in a single night? That's the monumental task Gretchen Beaumarchais prepares for during hockey season and concerts. Amidst cameras setting up for UFC and Ducks skating t ... More >>

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    November 8, 2011

    On the Line: Keith Stich of Wildfish Seafood Grille, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Change is inevitable when it comes to the restaurant business, and while we've previously featured Wildfish Seafood Grille for On the Line, a new executive chef means a new technique and insight on what makes him tick. Keith Stich is now at the helm, and we reel him in (pos ... More >>

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    October 27, 2011

    Mozza Offers Pizza By Batali

    Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's long-awaited Newport Beach outpost of their pizza hut finally opens

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    September 13, 2011

    Bobby Flay To Sign Books At South Coast Plaza

    ​As it seems with every Food Network chef that has a book out, Bobby Flay will stop by Orange County on his book tour--a tour that has him signing copies of a new cooking tome entitled Bobby Flay's Bar Americain Cookbook. And as with every past book signing by Food Network celebrities have gone, ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Five Things You're Doing Wrong with Japanese Food

    ​I'm just as guilty of butchering foreign word pronunciation as any American, but there are times when the media perpetuates mistakes that will make you look like a schmuck. This week--five things for you to avoid sounding like one in a Japanese restaurant.

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    August 16, 2011

    On the Line: Jon Blackford of A Restaurant, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​It's been said we're our own toughest critics. We were reminded of this when we spent time with both chef Jon Blackford and Tony Motakef, director of operations, of A Restaurant for this week's On the Line. Originally from Pittsburgh, Blackford's current stomping ground is ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    On the Line: Andrew Gruel of Slapfish, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Fact: Andrew and Jethro decided on Tax Day to create Slapfish. Also a fact: Their food is truly sustainable and fresh, since they double as wholesale importers (triple if you factor in their future "Test Kitchen" endeavor). Did we reel you in yet? Follow our interview with ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    On The Line: Kevin Nagano Of Sage Cafe, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Kevin Nagano specialized in front of the house operations before he chose to open his own space. Armed with a single griddle and a pocketful of well-crafted recipes, he's changing the way diners think about salads, sandwiches and soups. This week, On The Line chats with the ... More >>

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    July 26, 2011

    On the Line: Joe Youkhan of Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon, Part One

    Photo by Meranda Carter​South County is represented this week, as we sit down with Joe Youkhan and discuss his Italian-inspired, Rancho Santa Margarita-based luxe lonchera, Chef Joe Youkhan's Tasting Spoon. An East Coast transplant, he loves his butter, salt and vino. Learn how this father of two ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    On the Line: Christian Murcia of Crepes Bonaparte & Brats Berlin, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​He may not be French (he's Hispanic), but Christian Murcia can make an authentic crepe. His business acumen has enabled him to launch Brats Berlin, a German-themed luxe lonchera featuring bratwurst, which debuted over the weekend. Join us as we tap the creativity behin ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    On the Line: Hung Tram of La Creperie Cafe, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​It helps to have a sense of humor when you're launching two restaurants. Just ask Hung Tram. A couple of months ago, he opened one in Chino Hills; this month, the second La Creperie Cafe welcomed diners off Pine Avenue in Long Beach. Hung found time between commutes to ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Gordon Ramsay Tries Planking in Newport Beach, British Media Declares Trend Dead as Result

    Gordon Ramsay's Twitter page​Oh, those silly Brits! Gordon Ramsay was in Newport Beach over Father's Day and went fishing off the coast. Somewhere along the line, he had someone take a picture of him "planking," the Internet phenomenon that is lying face down somewhere and taking a picture of it, ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    On the Line: James D'Aquila of the Wild Artichoke, Part One

    Photo by Laila Derakhshanian​Chef James D'Aquila is like Ed, the lawyer who owned a bowling alley. Except James is the chef who creates melodies. Or is he the musician who owns a restaurant? D'Aquila's dedication to his craft shows in his homemade pastas and comforting meals at the Wild Artichoke, ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    Alton Brown Announces He's Retiring Good Eats

    ​After twelve years and nearly 250 episodes as The Food Network's premiere, and frankly, most educational and useful cooking show, Good Eats will end its run, Alton Brown announced today via Twitter. The host said, "G.E. fans, I've decided to cut the half hour series at 249 eps. There will be 3 ne ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    On The Line: Peter Stavros Of Peter's Gourmade Grill, Part One

    Photo by Kevin Lara​This week's edition of OTL poses the question: what can one do with 100 square feet of space? Peter Stavros not only created a restaurant kitchen, he did it inside a Valero Gas Station! Gustavo scooped this hidden gem back in November, and now we're back to check in on Peter's ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    On The Line: Oge Dalken of Chapter One: The Modern Local, Part One

    ​Once shrouded in secrecy like a J.K. Rowling novel, Chapter One: the modern local has been open just over a month. SanTana's newest artist to its village is their very own Oge Dalken, chef and Detroit transplant. We start off this week's On The Line learning about his love of a certain fast food ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    On the Line: Owner Daniel Woo and Chef Greg Ong of Sushilicious, Part One

    Photo by Kevin LaraChef Greg Ong​This week's On the Line is a twofer: We hear from two people instead of just one. Daniel Woo is the owner and Greg Ong is the chef at Sushilicious, the Irvine revolving-sushi restaurant that has its waitstaff use an iPod Touch instead of a notepad and features fanc ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    FOX's Kitchen Nightmares Looking for OC Restaurants That Need Gordon Ramsay's Tough Love

    FOX​If you know of an OC restaurant that needs a big kick in the pots, FOX wants to hear from you. In his reality show Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay spends a week at sinking restaurants, trying to whip them back into shape--and now he's looking for his next stops. We got an e-mail from a casti ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Five Things TV Chefs Do That Are Wrong

    Flickr user technodad​As hard as it may be to swallow, the people who cook on TV are occasionally wrong. It's not just pronunciations (it's "broo-SKET-tah", damn it), it's techniques. Some of them are TV tricks using previously prepared food, and some of them are just plain errors.

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    February 17, 2011

    Hong Kong Launches its First Nude Cooking Show, Naked Chef (NSFW Video)

    ​Perhaps taking a cue from Ron Jeremy's food porno, a new cooking show will feature its chef in the buff.     It's not Paula Deen. Phew!Flora Cheung, a model with no formal culinary training, is the sizzlin' host of Naked Chef (not to be confused with Jamie Oliver's old series) ... More >>

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    February 7, 2011

    Jamie Oliver Not Allowed Inside LA Schools

    Jamie Oliver, the Naked Chef turned food activist, was forced to halt the filming of his ABC show Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution at West Adams Preparatory High School in South LA last week after he couldn't guarantee he wouldn't make the district look bad on TV. The LAUSD spokesman cited the unwant ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Ross Pangilinan of Leatherby's Café Rouge, Part One

    Photo by Mary Bell​ Meet Ross Pangilinan. Born in Tennessee and raised in Orange County, Chef Pangilinan studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena before going off to cut his teeth in fine-dining establishments here and in Michelin-starred restaurants in France. Now he commands the kitchen as th ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Heather Graham, Hollywood Honey, Stars In Korean Food Travel Show

    ​Rollergirl a.k.a. Felicity Shagwell a.k.a. Hollywood bombshell Heather Graham is going to Korea to film a food show tentatively called Kimchi Chronicles. Don't quite get the connection between this glamorous star and kimchi or Korean food? Well, remember that 2008 series that had Gwyneth Paltro ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010

    Disney's California Adventure's Food & Wine Festival Canceled

    Photo by Scott Brinegar/Disneyland​Fans of the popular food and wine festival at Disney's California Adventure will have to wait at least another two years before the next one comes around.It was announced on the theme park's blog that the annual event will be canceled for 2011 and 2012 due t ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Shelly Register of A Restaurant and Market, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​We continue our interview with Chef Shelly, and learn why the peculiar name A Restaurant and Market was chosen. Click here if you missed Part One of her interview.

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    September 22, 2010

    Gabbi Patrick of Gabbi's Mexican Kitchen, Part Two

    Photo by Todd Barnes​We continue our Q & A with Chef Gabbi, and we ask why there's no signage for their incognito restaurant. Click here if you missed part one. Check back tomorrow for a recipe!

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    August 17, 2010

    Stephanie Morgan of Seabirds, Part One

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela There's a lot of interesting stories behind our local food truck scene. Stephanie Morgan's is one of them. To start the Seabirds--OC's one and only vegan gourmet food truck--this entrepreneur gave up a plum job at a New York City investment firm. Today we ask our s ... More >>

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    August 3, 2010

    Joshua Miller of 320 Main, Part One

    Photo by Meg Strouse​People come to 320 Main in Seal Beach to sip the stiff drinks owner Jason Schiffer mixes and chomp the steaks that Chef Joshua Miller sears. We wish we could do a profile on both; but for this feature, Chef Miller gets the stage as he answers our silly questionnaire. Stay tu ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Guy Fieri's Latest Show. Yeah.

    ​For those of you who have managed to avoid the Food Network show Diners Drive-in's and Dives, here is the whole premise:Guy Fieri, a 40-year-old self-described "kulinary gangsta," with spiked blond hair and a perpetual sunburn, goes to independently run restaurants in whichever city his rock star ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    David Kesler of the Cellar, Part One

    Courtesy of the Cellar​Hidden in the bottom floor of a beautiful old building on the edge of Downtown Fullerton, with little in the way of signage to guide one, the Cellar rewards the intrepid diner with well-cooked Cal-French cuisine. Executive Chef David Kesler, who makes the best snails I've ha ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Gino Buonanoce & Salvatore Ferrara of Antonello Ristorante, Part One

    Kimberly Valenzuela​ This may be the first time we've profiled two people at the same time for On The Line, but both men are actually on the line at South Coast Plaza's Antonello Ristorante as co-executive chefs. Forget about that idiom about "too many cooks in the kitchen". Any restaurant w ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Anthony Bourdain​Dave was busy this week wreaking a little more havoc than usual. A facetious post on April 1st announcing culinary superstar Anthony Bourdain's intent to open a Les Halles in Newport Beach attracted way more attention than expected. Numerous link-tos and confused call-ins later, t ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    New Food Competition Series With Bobby Flay Announced

    Photo Courtesy of​Do we really need another food competition show? I'm inclined to think not. The two Top Chef shows are more than enough for me. Heck, we could've stopped at the original Iron Chef. Every show since has proven that the genre suffers from the law of diminishing ... More >>

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    March 16, 2010

    Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn, Part 1

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Food critics don't always agree on things, but ask any of your Stick a Fork In It bloggers where the best breakfast in OC is, and you'll get the same answer from all of us: Break of Dawn, a stunning hidden gem in a freeway-adjacent plaza next to the Laguna Hills Mall.C ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    A Line at Nordstroms' Cafe? Macy's Signature Kitchen to Open Soon

    Was doing what everyone else was doing last Saturday: shopping. Well, that's not true.  I was with someone who was shopping.  And it was while I was waiting for her at the shoe department that I noticed this odd sight you see to the left -- a line to get a seat at Nords ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Garden Grove's Korean District In New Cooking Show on KOCE

    Before The Food Network came along , there was Martin Yan, Jacques Pepin, Tommy Tang, Jeff Smith (a.k.a. The Frugal Gourmet) and of course, Julia Child.  As a kid, I watched their shows every Saturday morning on PBS's KCET 28 when other kids watched cartoons.  I'd stare with rapt amuseme ... More >>

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