Ask a Chef: What's Your Earliest Food Memory?

"Finishing cooking my own eggs at five years old after my mother was pulled away from the stove by a phone call. I was proudly eating them as she returned with a scream, realizing what she had done." –Mark Franz, Farallon Restaurant, San Francisco

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Awards Watch: More Reception Chefs Q & A

On Tuesday we asked what the JBF Awards reception chefs hate to eat. Today we're learning what they would be if they weren't chefs: "A BMW motorcycle mechanic." –Jonathan Benno, Patina Group Restaurant at Lincoln Center, NYC "A mediocre musician." –Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s Restaurant, Cave Creek, AZ "If I weren’t a chef I would be a farmer. I was raised on a farm and I loved growing our own ingredients." –JBF Award Winner Jean François Bruel, Daniel, NYC "I would be a race car driver. (My dad owns and builds race cars.)" –Jennifer Carroll, 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, Philadelphia "Either a bicycle mechanic or a heavy metal guitar god." –Pastry Chef Bill Corbett, Coi, San Francisco "If I weren’t a chef, I would be a bicycle mechanic.

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Awards Watch: Reception Chefs Q & A

The 2010 JBF Awards are just days away, and we're so excited to see our reception chefs and taste what they have in store for us. In anticipation of the big shindig, we picked these cooks' brains about everything from where they first toiled in the restaurant industry to their lofty ambitions. Perhaps the most amusing discovery was that chefs—whom many of us expect to possess an indiscriminate love for all things food—can still be picky eaters. Look below to see some of their aversions: "Canned tuna.  No matter how “good” any brand is, it is always terrible." –Christopher DiMinno, Clyde Common, Portland, OR "Greasy food." –Noriyuki Sugie, IRONNORI, Venice, CA "Balut

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Food Matters: Beard Bytes

With hundreds of food-related apps available, the iPhone is one of the hottest gadgets for the professional and home cook. But which ones are worth a download? We asked chefs to tell us which tools they are using right now. Read on for their answers, and make your phone the most valuable multitasker in your kitchen.

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On the Menu: March 14 through March 20

on-the-menu-eileen-miller Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, March 15 7:00 P.M. A Schmaltz to Remember Even if you don’t know your derma from your deckle, this celebration of delicatessen delights will not disappoint—and you won’t go home hungry. Save the Deli author David Sax, along with deli maven Gail Simmons, has assembled a team of talented chefs to transform once-pervasive deli classics into creative, contemporary cuisine. Eat. Eat! Tuesday, March 16, 6:30 P.M. The Elements of Tofu We’re learning about the Japanese art of tofu making at this special JBF Greens dinner. Chef Hiroki Abe of EN Japanese Brasserie will create a five-course seated tasting menu that showcases the many forms of fresh tofu and its rich history and artistry

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On the Menu: March 7 through March 13

on-the-menu-erin-gleeson Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. The Art of Craft Though he became a household name as a Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio has long been a celebrity in foodie circles. The winner of four JBF Awards, Colicchio began his culinary ascent at Gramercy Tavern and has since made an indelible mark on the industry with his empire of Craft restaurants. For this special dinner, he and the chefs of his NYC restaurants will create a menu of their signature straightforward yet nuanced cuisine. Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M. Top Chef Sibling Rivalry Superstar siblings Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio kept Top Chef viewers riveted last season with their cutthroat kitchen rivalry. At this exciting event, Bryan

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On the Menu: February 28 through March 6

dining-room-by-erin-gleeson Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, March 1, 7:00 P.M. Michelin Stars After taking over from Christopher Lee in late 2008, chef Justin Bogle earned Gilt two Michelin stars, cementing the extravagantly appointed restaurant’s place in the highest echelon of New York dining. Meet the culinary stars behind the Michelin stars, and taste the modern American cuisine that has garnered international acclaim. Wednesday, March 3, 7:00 P.M. Beaver Creek Luxe The majestic Rocky Mountains make a stunning backdrop for talented chef Pascal Coudouy’s bold, Colorado-inspired fare at 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill. Hailed as one of “15 restaurants not to miss” by John Mariani of

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On the Menu: February 21 through February 27

on-the-menu-eileen-miller-2 Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 P.M. Another Taste of Perfection From its perch on the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Paragon lives up to its name—literally and figuratively—with Scott Mickelson’s French- and Asian-inflected cuisine. An apex of sophistication and a standard-bearer for fine-dining restaurants, Paragon reaches great heights. Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. Toujours Le Bec-Fin Georges Perrier ushered in Philadelphia’s dining renaissance when he opened his now-iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, in 1970. Four decades later, with the help of extraordinarily talented executive chef Nicholas Elmi, Perrier’s

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