Chef 101

Kris Kitto - 10/06/10 10:08 PM EDT
Previous culinary experience — I went to the Culinary Institute of America, graduated in ’96, and I spent about nine months abroad in Paris and Toulouse, France. I worked at some Michelin-rated restaurants in Toulouse. I’ve been an executive chef of...
Justin Cox - 06/10/10 09:38 PM EDT
Previous culinary experience — I’ve been with the Buddha Bar company for almost three years. I was out in Las Vegas for about two-and-a-half years with another restaurant at the Palms resort. Before that, I opened up an Asian fusion restaurant in [a...
Kris Kitto - 11/12/09 12:02 AM EST
When I’m not eating my own food — When I was in Vegas, there was this place called The Cupcakery, and it made amazing cupcakes. They had a strawberry cupcake with champagne frosting, and you could still taste and see the bubbles from the champagne...
Katy Hopkins - 10/15/09 09:08 PM EDT
Previous culinary experience — My very first experience was at a Pizza Hut in Oklahoma. That was my first cooking experience at a professional level. Then I went back to Japan and went to culinary school, mainly studying the French. I graduated and...
Justin Cox - 08/05/10 10:42 PM EDT
Chef 101 With Rodney Scruggs, executive chef at Occidental Grill and SeafoodPrevious culinary experience — I started about 25 years ago, first at the Occidental. After that I was with Chef Francesco Ricchi. Then I was chef to the president at...
Anthony C. Lange - 03/25/10 11:16 PM EDT
Then I moved on and went to Ireland for a renovation of a hotel in Cork as executive chef when it developed from a four- to a five-star hotel. After that, I went to the Essex House and I was there for three and a half years in New York. Then I got...
Derek M. LaVallee - 10/22/09 10:33 PM EDT
In wine-drinking circles, I have a reputation for being fanatical (I prefer “reverent”) about pinot noir. Apparently I am not adept at concealing my disappointment when it does not make an appearance during a dinner or tasting. I have devoted the...