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Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner.

Chef Walter Manzke of République is the winner of LA 2015 Cochon 555 competition. From left to right: Kris Morningstar of Terrine, Steven Fretz of The Church Key, Ricardo Zarate, Toni DiSalvo of CAST, Ray Garcia 2014 Grand Cochon winner, Brady Lowe founder of Cochon 555.

by Sophie Gayot

 

UPDATE, MARCH 29TH: And the winner is chef Walter Manzke of République. Congratulations! But I have to say that all the chefs put lots of time and efforts to create tasty dishes, and served them putting on a show. See all the photos below.

 

There are many cooking competitions, but Cochon 555 is a special one — so much passion! The participating chefs start getting crazy a month before, and the frenzy keeps building as the event gets closer. (The event has gained so much momentum that the winner now includes the title in his bio.) Brady Lowe started this traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which includes five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers, and throughout its seven years of existence more than 11 tons of heritage pork have been served around the country.

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Foie gras

Marinated foie gras ready to go into the oven

 

by Sophie Gayot

 

This morning at 11:45 a.m., chef Ken Frank of La Toque was in a meeting when he received a phone call from Michael Tenenbaum.
Frank: “I am in a meeting, I cannot talk to you.
Tenenbaum: “Shut up, Ken. We won!

 

This was the second phone call Tenenbaum placed to announce the news: the sale of foie gras is now legal in California.
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Dec

the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

by Sophie Gayot

I think that in the world of sweets, there are two categories of people: those who love chocolate and those who don’t. Very rarely, we run into the second category, and when it happens it’s good because it leaves more for us —- you will understand that I am part of the first group.

 

So, if you are not one of these rare specimens, and will be in the Los Angeles area on December 28th, 2014, there is only one place you’ll want to be: the 6th Annual Indulge Los Angeles, Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show.

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Jul

Avocados are full of healthy fats that lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack

Avocados are full of healthy fats that lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack


The Nutrient Booster

 

There’s more to avocados than being the stars of guacamole, that ever-popular Mexican dip. Native to northern Mexico and Central America, avocados were consumed by the Aztecs for thousands of years before the Europeans found them upon arrival in the Americas. Continue reading “The Health Benefits of Avocados” »



Top 5 BBQ Styles

on June 06th, 2014
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Jun

Central Texas-style beef brisket from Horse Thief in Los Angeles

Central Texas-style beef brisket from Horse Thief in Los Angeles

 

Finger-Licking Barbecue from Around the World
by Nick Winfrey


Barbecue is more than just a method of cooking. It’s a social event, a source of regional pride, and, for many sticky-fingered aficionados around the world, a way of life. Continue reading “Top 5 BBQ Styles” »



Fork & Cork
Addison Cooks Up a New Foodie Fest

by Whitney Filloon


When it comes to food-centric festivals, the city of Addison certainly has plenty to boast of: There’s Oktoberfest, WorldFest and the perennial favorite Taste Addison. Fans of the latter may be slightly disappointed to hear that the annual event won’t be returning in 2014, but Addison is cooking up something totally new that promises to be a big draw for the Metroplex’s serious foodies. Come May, Fork & Cork will replace Taste of Addison as the city’s largest annual food event.

Continue reading “Hello Fork & Cork, Goodbye Taste Addison” »



Volvér Restaurant

Volvér Restaurant


Iron Chef Jose Garces Will Take the Stage at His Newest Restaurant in Philly

by Robert DiGiacomo


If chefs are the new rock stars, then Jose Garces is inviting you to a very intimate culinary jam session.


The Philadelphia-based “Iron Chef” recently opened Volvér, a high-end restaurant located in the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The latter is home to the city’s acclaimed orchestra and a presenter of jazz, dance, classical and pop concerts.

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The Bar of the Lounge at Le Bernardin

The Bar of the Lounge at Le Bernardin


New York Restaurant Trend: Dining at the Bar

by Meryl Pearlstein


Interested in eating at some of New York City’s best restaurants, but put off by the prices? Try dining at the bar! Not only is it less expensive, but the bar or lounge atmosphere is often a more relaxed experience than in the main dining room. It’s a wonderful trend that many top-rated New York restaurants are embracing, including Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, where diners can avoid having to order the prix-fixe menu by dining in the lounge.
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The Indulgence Burger

The Indulgence Burger (Kobe beef patty, seared foie gras, pancetta, white truffles and caviar)


When is a hamburger not a hamburger?

by David Farley


The hamburger, that culinary icon of disputed origins, has always been a sandwich for the ordinary person. Priced to sell (especially at fast food restaurants), the hamburger could be enjoyed and eaten by anyone with some change in their pockets.

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New Restaurants in Houston

on February 18th, 2014
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Feb

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in Houston, TX

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in Houston, TX

 

by Marene Gustin

 

Hungry Houstonians, you’re in luck — you have more dining choices than ever before, as there are many new restaurants worth a visit in Space City. 

At the trendy West Ave. multi-use center in Upper Kirby, two new eateries are now open. Nara, a Korean/Japanese restaurant from chef Donald Chang that opened in the old Katsuya space, blends the flavors of Chang’s native country with his experience as a sushi chef in Houston. Over in the next building, Food Network Star Susie Jimenez has opened Trenza in the former Alto space upstairs from Del Frisco’s Grille. The name means “braid” and is a nod to the fusion food she offers: a blend of her native Latin cuisine with Indian and Asian twists.

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