Ask a Chef: Cristian Rebolledo

 

Coming up on Wednesday, May 6th, you have the chance to sail away to the impossibly serene Turks and Caicos Islands thanks to chef Cristian Rebolledo. Every bite of his vibrant island fare will transport you to this tropical wonderland of white-sand beaches and turquoise seas. Below, some of our favorite quotes from an exclusive interview with Rebolledo of Alexandra Resort, Blue Haven, and Kitchen 218 at Beach House:

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?
I use creativity, inspiration, and the freshest ingredients while paying attention to the latest technologies and trends to get the best results. I use artistic presentation to create a connection between the food and the guest.

 

What's a dish on your Beard House event menu that you're especially excited about or proud of, and why?
The red ceviche with... Read more >

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Interview with Chris Gould of Central Provisions, Nominated for Best New Restaurant

Photo: Meredith Purdue

 

It's hard to get more local than Portland, Maine's Central Provisions: the kitchen sources ingredients from regional farmers, foragers, and fishmongers, and the entire restaurant was built and decorated by Maine craftsman. We spoke with chef/co-owner Chris Gould (whose wife, Paige Gould, manages the front of house) to explore how the seasonal restaurant has handled acclaim, the challenges of a Maine winter, and Portland's burgeoning dining scene.

 

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JBF: You’ve both worked in restaurants for many years. What experiences have each of you brought to the table?

 

CG: Attention to detail is the biggest thing. It’s something you only can develop through years of work.
 


JBF: The menu and space feature lots of products and details from Maine-based craftsmen. Can you talk about how local artisans are expressed in the food and t... Read more >

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Interview with Ludo Lefebvre of Best New Restaurant Nominee Petit Trois

Petit Trois is a 2015 Best New Restaurant Nominee

 

It's tempting to refer to Ludo Lefebvre's ​Petit Trois as the little sister to his Trois Mec, but this Hollywood spot is a fully formed homage to Parisian bistro culture, from the space's feel-good, lively ambiance to the kitchen's technically precise omelette. Read on for Lefebvre's insights on his 2015 Best New Restaurant nominee. 

 

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JBF: What made you want to open this restaurant? Had you been wanting to do a bistro? It’s a familiar concept—what details did you particularly care about getting right?

 

LL: I really wanted to do a restaurant with classic French food. I miss that a lot, as well as the ambiance. I wanted a little bistro where you know everybody and where you feel like you're in Paris, where life is happening, where there's magic, where there's good energy. No tables, just counters.The food is obv... Read more >

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Awards Prep: How to Tie a Bow Tie with Alton Brown

 

The red carpet's rolled out, the Champagne flutes are polished, and the meticulous food prep is underway. We're ready for you! But are you ready for us? The gowns and tuxedos may have already been selected, but what about the accessories? Gentlemen, don't get yourself in a twist: we've got you covered.

 

James Beard isn't the only culinary icon who has famously approved of the bow tie as a fashion statement (he often topped off his large, patterned suits with his most beloved accessory). Television personality and our 2015 James Beard Awards master of ceremonies Alton Brown can often be found sporting one—and, apparently, not just... Read more >

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What We're Reading: May 4, 2015

 


Cook up some celebratory recipes for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. [NYT

 

Why Chipotle's new slogan "G-M-Over It" could just be a marketing scheme. [NPR

 

The Bon Appétit editors pack up and eat their way across the country. [Bon Appétit

 

Talk about mystery meat: pork from 2009 was served in Tennessee schools this past week. [FWF

 

Are we overloading on protein? [... Read more >

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Interview with Rajat Parr, Nominated for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional

 

Vintner and sommelier Rajat Parr can point to the exact vineyard and vintage of wine that changed his life, setting him on the path toward his nomination for this year's James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. We spoke with him about that seminal sip and his current adventures in winemaking.

 

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JBF: You've had a multi-faceted career in wine: the wine director for a restaurant group, part owner in a wine bar, and winemaker. How do you balance it all?

 

Rajat Parr: I am a full-time winemaker now. We have two vineyards: Domaine de la Cote in Santa Barbara and Seven Springs in Oregon. I oversee the wine programs within the Mina Group, but do not work on daily operations. The same is for [the San Francisco wine bar and restaurant] RN74. We have a great team that makes sure the restaurants are successful. I live in Santa Barbara now. It's quite a change, but after working in restaurants for 18 years, it's a good change.

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Interview with Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, Nominated for Best New Restaurant

Photo c/o Spoon and Stable

 

After JBF Award winner Gavin Kaysen left his post at Café Boulud to return to his roots in Minneapolis, the long-missed-local received a hero’s welcome, and Twin Cities residents are now flocking to Kayen's Spoon and Stable, a 2015 Best New Restaurant nominee. We spoke with him about his homecoming, his penchant for pilfering flatware, and his vision of Heartland cuisine.

 

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JBF: Your restaurant is called Spoon and Stable. What’s the story behind the name?

 

Gavin Kaysen: The building we took over was a horse stable that was built in 1906, so the stable part comes from that. The spoon part comes from something I’ve been doing for years, which is "collecting" spoons from places all over the world. They come from places that have inspired me, perhaps while eating dinner, or working there. We now sell spoons at th... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 4

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Monday, May 4, 6:00 P.M.
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards: Chicago
It’s an exciting year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating this prestigious program’s 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will take place in the city of Chicago. For our gala reception, we’ve invited a talented group of chefs from around the country, many of whom are recent JBF Award winners, to create a dish that expresses their signature style.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 P.M.
Grace Bay Beach Chic 
From a hit restaurant in Chile to his stint at Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli, Cristian Rebolledo brings a world of experience to the restaurants he helms at three boutique resorts in the picturesque Turks and Cai... Read more >

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Sponsored Post: Let Enjoy Illinois Be Your Chicago Concierge

The dining room of Best New Restaurant nominee Parachute

 

If you're visiting Chicago and love food, you know the city's Beard Award winners and latest crop of nominees are sure bets for top-notch dining. But the offerings don't end there.

 

The official Enjoy Illinois blog, published by the Illinois Office of Tourism, is a one-stop guide to restaurants, museums, historical sites, and more in Chicago. Head over there now for a roundup of where to eat during JBFA weekend. We also love their inspired Instagram Challenges, with themes like "... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Jamie Bissonnette's Easiest Chicken Liver Mousse

 

We're excited to announce our partnership with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll share instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

The culinary industry's biggest night is just a few days away, and we're providing you with... Read more >

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