Friday, May 20, 2011

Food Styling: Now That Looks Good


I've known several people who have done it for a living, and each one would tell you it's all about the creativity. So when you pick up a cookbook, flip through a gleaming food magazine, or visit your favorite cooking blog, never forget that the mouth-waterng creations you see --weren’t just the creations of a cook.

Food stylists, photographers, and art directors are crucial to that final shot—making sure a salad stays farm-fresh instead of wilted throughout a long photo shoot under hot lights.

Well, the Morning News has brought together a panel of experts from the food world to talk about in-camera work vs. retouching, the visual appeal of organic vegetables, and what to have for dinner after a long day of playing with food.

Read more here

Friday, May 13, 2011

The 2011 JBA Winners

The results are in, and this past week most of the country's best chefs got together at Avery Fisher Hall here in NYC for the James Beard Foundation's annual chef and restaurant awards ceremony.

The big winners:

Eleven Madison Park (Outstanding Pastry Chef, Outstanding Restaurant), José Andrés (Outstanding Chef), Richard Melman (Outstanding Restaurateur), and Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen (Best New Restaurant). But then again, there were some other chefs who took home medallions, too.

Rising Star Chef of the Year Award: Gabriel Rucker, Le Pigeon, Portland, OR

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award (Presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of New York): Julian P. Van Winkle, III, Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Louisville, KY

Outstanding Wine Service Award: The Modern, NYC, Wine Director: Belinda Chang

Best Chef: Great Lakes: Alex Young, Zingerman’s Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic: Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia

Best Chef: Midwest: Isaac Becker, 112 Eatery, Minneapolis

Best Chef: New York City: Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune

Best Chef: Northeast: Tony Maws, Craigie On Main, Cambridge, MA

Best Chef: Pacific: Michael Tusk, Quince, San Francisco

Best Chef: Northwest: Andy Ricker, Pok Pok, Portland, OR

Best Chef: South: Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southeast: Andrea Reusing, Lantern, Chapel Hill, NC

Best Chef: Southwest: Saipin Chutima, Lotus of Siam, Las Vegas AND Tyson Cole, Uchi, Austin, TX

Outstanding Restaurant Design: Aidlin Darling Design, Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: Love and War, The National Bar & Dining Rooms, NYC

Outstanding Service Award (Presented By Stella Artois): Per Se, NYC, Chef/Owner: Thomas Keller

Outstanding Pastry Chef Award: Angela Pinkerton, Eleven Madison Park, NYC

Best New Restaurant (Presented by Mercedes-Benz): ABC Kitchen, NYC, Chef/Owner: Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Owner: Phil Suarez

Outstanding Restaurateur Award: Richard Melman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Chicago

Outstanding Restaurant Award: Eleven Madison Park, NYC, Owner: Danny Meyer

Outstanding Chef Award: José Andrés, minibar, Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Emeril's Breakfast


What better way to celebrate Mothers Day, than winning the Emeril's Breakfast in Bed Contest on GMA? (Honestly, can't think of one!) Gotta love that Emeril Lagasse. What a natural-born lover of "people." Really says a lot -- and that's why the world loves him.

Anyway, watch this clip featuring past winners, and Happy Mothers Day!