MasterChef Season 4 kicked off last night with a two-hour premiere, and, as we look forward to every summer, the kooks came out of the woodwork for the open audition rounds. Of course, those are way more entertaining than the tear-filled, moving stories of overcoming adversity or whatever, so we conveniently compiled all the Crazies Montages in one convenient space for your perusal. You're welcome.
This week, on the Lady Chef Stampede, we get baked with Amy Scherber, the woman behind Amy’s Bread. Normally I am deeply suspicious of bakers, regarding them as a mutant offshoot of pastry cooks (if you want to know about pastry cooks, I suggest trying reading some H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote about them in great detail).
If you know your Blais from your Bourdain and are passionate about the culture surrounding food; if you can write in a compelling -- if sometimes sarcastic -- tone and wait with bated breath for the James Beards Award announcements and other foodie news, please apply.
New York may be a culinary mecca, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of food talent. As such, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight celebrity, notable, or otherwise up-and-coming chefs you should know about across the country. Check out the full list here.
San Diego, California is a solid three-hour drive from the bright lights and big-time toques of Los Angeles, but in the last few years the So-Cal city has been holding its own in in terms of a burgeoning food scene. The main reason, though, that we’d like to tip our hats to the surf spot is because no San Diego chef or restaurant has ever won a James Beard “Best” award. Now, that’s just a shame.
But it’s not for lack of trying. In January 2011 a culinary tour company called Bite San Diego launched, taking taste-happy tourists to be a part of the action at the scene-iest restaurants of the day. Of course, the Chef-Mentor we love to hate, Brian Malarkey had his Top Chef debut way back in 2007, and has had a TV renaissance of sorts on this year’s The Taste. So, brush your sandy shoulders off, San Diego. We’d say, you’ve arrived.