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And The Winner Is…

on November 04th, 2009
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Chefs Michael Mina and Katsuya Uechi with Sophie Gayot

Chefs Michael Mina and Katsuya Uechi with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Even though last night’s dinner at XIV entitled “East Meets West” was not a competition between chefs Katsuya Uechi (of Katsuya fame) and Michael Mina (XIV, and many more), I donned my Hell’s Kitchen clothes (the ones I was wearing when I judged in episode 4.08) and could not stop myself from comparing the dishes that were served side by side.


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Chef Alessandro Cartumini shows us his P. Nuova pasta machine

Chef Alessandro Cartumini demonstrates his P. Nuova pasta machine

by Tiffany Maleshefski


Not every Italian chef is a pasta fiend. But executive chef Alessandro Cartumini of Quattro Restaurant at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto, CA can’t do without his $10,000, 1.5 horsepower engine P.Nuova pasta machine.


He refers to it as the “Ferrari of pasta makers,” and it churns out 40 pounds of pasta per hour: gnocchetti, sardi, bucatini, and shapes that resemble miniature crowns and luxurious ribbons of festonata; and the to-die-for beautiful crestas, resting in velvety, slightly spicy tomato sauce; mouth-watering spinach ravioli topped with fried sage; and a gorgeous rigatoni stuffed with pork and served with poached cherries.


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