Thomas Keller

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    February 24, 2014

    On the Line: Alexander Dale of SeaLegs Wine Bar, Part One

    Chef Alexander Dale and I met the morning of Valentine's to go over his questionnaire. In the unusually peaceful wine bar, we covered topics that included his connection to Villa Nova and his juice obsession. You find culinary inspiration based on the weather. Any ideas for the recent rainfall and ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Amar Santana, Azuna Tequila, and Sustainable Fish Farms!

    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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    August 28, 2013

    Playground's Hatch Burger Back With a Vengeance!

    Anyone who dines frequently at the Playground is bound to come across dishes that wow on that particular visit but have vanished upon your return. I can think of many meals instantly: white Zinfandel vinegar-glazed quail with lentils; pork belly nachos; the meatloaf sandwich; Uncle Lou's Fried Chick ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Tavern On the Coast: Act of the Apostle

    Bryan Podgorski flaunts his Thomas Keller cred and proves it at the Dana Point bistro

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    April 25, 2013

    Tavern on The Coast, New Restaurant by Thomas Keller Alums, Opens in Dana Point

    Tavern on The Coast, a new Dana Point restaurant that replaces the shuttered Bella Napoli at 34212 PCH, opened last weekend. The chef, one Bryan Podgorski, was previously the Chef de Cuisine for Thomas Keller's Bouchon at the Venetian in Las Vegas. His wife, Pamela Dickinson, was the GM of Bouchon B ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    Four Reasons Why You Should Make Your Own Chicken Stock, And How to Make It!

    Admittedly, we're well aware the title of this blog post couldn't be more boring. But, if you're not making stock at home yet, little do you know how exhilarating the quest for perfect stock can be. First, if you're still buying canned soup or chicken stock at the the store (and you h ... 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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    November 28, 2012

    On The Line: George Valdovinos Of Embarcadero California Bistro, Part Two

    Read our interview with George Valdovinos of Embarcadero California Bistro, Part One.And now, on to Part Two . . . .When you're not in the kitchen cooking, what are you doing?I am a proud new father and spend as much time as I can with my wife and new baby girl.Last song playing:Michael Buble's Ever ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    The Ultimate Wish List: Tequila Tasting & Chef Dinner For $250,000

    In the hierarchy of department stores, Neiman Marcus ranks right up there with places we're not comfortable visiting under-dressed (sporting a Ulysse Nardin watch with torn jeans doesn't count). So to kick off the holiday season, the elitist brand announces their most inconceivable over-the-top pick ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    On the Line: Paul Gstrein of Bayside, Part Two

    While experience and education can get you pretty far, Chef Gstrein drives home the point that it's typically who you know (or simply good timing) that can get you places. We wrap up this week's interview with a juicy heirloom recipe to pair with your next meal.Read our interview with Paul Gstrein o ... More >>

  • Food

    August 16, 2012

    The Corner Is HB's New Hot Spot

    Former Kimera Chef and French Laundry alum Chris Grodach opens his own restaurant

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    August 1, 2012

    On the Line: Colleen Johnson of 50 Forks, Part Two

    Even in her spare time, Chef Colleen winds up incorporating food into her hobbies. Her experience spans decades of working with great chefs like Thomas Keller. She almost gets us nostalgic for cooking class. Almost.Read our interview with Colleen Johnson of 50 Forks, Part One. And now, on to Part Tw ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    On the Line: Colleen Johnson of 50 Forks, Part One

    As a student of hospitality management, I spent most of my interview with Colleen Johnson exchanging industry stories. It was like gossiping, except about chefs, meals, and teaching. She would've been the ideal adviser back in school, but she's spent the past four years coordinating the student-run ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    On the Line: Chris Grodach of The Corner, Part One

    Chris warned me from the get go that he'd been reading up on our interviews. The man knew what everybody else was already saying, and he informed us that he put some thought into his answers. No pressure, man. We just want you to speak your mind. Tell us how you really feel. . . . and he did.Your ea ... More >>

  • Food

    May 10, 2012

    Anepalco's Cafe Has Le Mexique

    Danny Godinez's second restaurant serves Mexican meals in the French style

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    January 26, 2012

    The Playground Is the Brotherhood of the Purple Pants

    'The Great Food Truck Race 2' co-winner Jason Quinn opens his long-awaited restaurant

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    January 18, 2012

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

    ​Chef Jason Petrie reflects on his passion for food as the conversation turns to Pinot Provence's upcoming spring menu (including new desserts!). You'll also find out the recipe he's so proud of, which he's sharing with us tomorrow. For more on Jason, part one is just a link away.Hardest lesson yo ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

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

    Photo by Meranda Carter​Our interview with Chef Kim continues as we look into his background in Korea, as well as his aspirations for the future. We also hear about his experience working for previous On The Line subject, Amar Santana. Stay in the loop by reading Part One here, and get your heirlo ... More >>

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    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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    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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    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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    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 >>

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    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 10, 2010

    On the Line: Danny Godinez of Anepalco's Cafe, Parte Two

    ​Photo by Todd BarnesBehold the second part of our interview with Danny Godinez, chef and head of the wonderful Anepalco's Cafe in Orange. Rather, behold it after the jump, where he dishes on the superiority of crepes over enchiladas, the raging debate about authentic versus fake Mexican food, and ... 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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    October 13, 2010

    Stephanie Dinh of S Fine Dining, Part Two

    Todd Barnes​We continue our Q & A with Chef Stephanie. If you missed it, click here for Part One of the interview.

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    October 12, 2010

    Stephanie Dinh of S Fine Dining, Part One

    Todd Barnes​This week, we meet the chef-owner of S Fine Dining, one of the few upscale-yet-authentic Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County. Vietnamese cuisine was informed the French occupation of that country, and many of those culinary influences thrive at this fine dining restaurant thanks to ... More >>

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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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    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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    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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    June 30, 2010

    Laura De Martin of TusCA, Part Two

    Kimberly Valenzuela​This week we go On The Line with Chef Laura De Martin of TusCA--a new Italian restaurant inside the Hyatt Regency in Garden Grove.If you missed Part One, you can find it here. Check back tomorrow for a recipe from the chef herself!

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    June 9, 2010

    Harry Kho of Harry's Deli, Part Two

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Today we continue with part two of our interview with Harry Kho, owner and "Executive Sandwich Creationist" of Harry's Deli in Irvine. Missed the first part of our interview? Click here. Otherwise, read on.

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    April 21, 2010

    Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, Part 2

    If you missed the first part of our interview with Greg Daniels, executive chef and partner at Haven Gastropub, you can find it here. If you've missed the fantastic "spaghetti", the burger par excellence and the great beer, you can find that just south of the Orange Circle. Meanwhile, back to the qu ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    David Coleman of Michael's on Naples, Part 2

    Photo by Kimberly Valenzuela​Today, we continue on our interview with David Coleman of Michael's on Naples. Missed the first part? Then click HERE. Otherwise read on after the jump.

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    November 8, 2009

    Thomas Keller Signing Books at South Coast Plaza This Thursday, Nov. 12

    ​So if you're not on board with the upcoming local appearance of Adam Richman (a.k.a. Fred Savage's forever ravenous evil twin), how about Thomas Keller? Well either way, I'm willing to bet that last sentence of mine is the first to mention both names together in the same breath. Yes, Keller, ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Kogi at Diamond Jamboree Tonight. You've Been Warned.

    As you know, OC is now serviced by a dedicated Kogi truck nicknamed Naranja. But tonight, Kogi will land at Diamond Jamboree (10:30 p.m.-midnight). This sounds like either a very very good idea or a very very bad idea. I vote bad, because parking at the Asian minimall is hell as it is. Add a fe ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008