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Food & Wine Announces the 2012 Best New Chefs!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 09:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

From rising food rockstars to acclaimed celebrity chefs, the country’s culinary elite gathered together last night to celebrate the Food & Wine 2012 Best New Chefs. Held at the Liberty Theater in the heart of Times Square, the 24th annual soiree ushered in the latest roster of talented visionaries, as announced by Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin and Publisher Christina Grdovic.

During the Broadway-themed affair, Best New Chef alumni Daniel Boulud (1988), Michael Anthony (2002), Shea Gallante (2005), Gavin Kaysen (2007), Matthew Lightner (2010), George Mendes (2011), and Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais prepared tempting signature dishes, as partygoers mingled with the industry’s finest and eagerly anticipated the winners ceremony.

  1. The Liberty Theater set the stage for the 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Party
  2. A few of the industry\'s finest (from left to right): Michael Anthony, George Mendes, Christina Grdovic, Gail Simmons & Gavin Kaysen
  3. The newly named roster of 2012 Best New Chefs celebrated their honor on stage
  4. Past Best New Chefs Gavin Kaysen and Daniel Boulud cooked inspired dishes for the crowd
  5. Ciano chef Shea Gallante\'s creamy burrata wrapped with angel hair and garlicky spring pesto
  6. Food enthusiasts packed into The Liberty Theater\'s main floor and mezzanine for the festivities
  7. Dj Questlove\'s original fried buttermilk drumsticks wrapped in paper-heart origami
  8. Richard Blais offered up bone marrow with braised ox cheek and pickled walnut—a crowd favorite!
  9. Sponsor Godiva served tri-layer panna cotta by F&W\'s Best New Pastry Chef winner Stella Parks

Every year, the editors at Food & Wine scour the nation to find the most talented chefs with a unique culinary vision. “It is such a delight to honor these incredible chefs, who have made a tremendous impact on the culinary world in a short period of time,” Cowin says.

Now, introducing the 2012 Food & Wine Best New Chefs:

Erik Anderson & Josh Habiger, The Catbird Seat, Nashville, TN
Mario Carbone & Rich Torrisi, Torrisi Italian Specialties, New York, NY
Danny GrantRIA, Chicago, IL
Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen, New York, NY
Corey Lee, Benu, San Francisco, CA
Jenn Louis, Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR
Cormac Mahoney, Madison Park Conservatory, Seattle, WA
Bryant Ng, The Spice Table, Los Angeles, CA
Karen Nicolas, Equinox, Washington, DC
Blaine WetzelThe Willows Inn, Lummi Island, WA

After the big reveal, guests noshed on Creole-seasoned buttermilk fried chicken drumsticks from DJ Questlove—who rocked the turntables and helped take the event to all-out dance party status. In between savory bites and cutting loose on the dance floor with Dana Cowin and The Harlem James Gang, the crowd sipped Belvedere cocktails and Gallo wines, and got sweet on luscious Godiva chocolate truffles.

Thanks to the entire Food & Wine staff for a truly memorable evening. Wishing many congrats to all the 2012 Best New Chefs!

Images courtesy of and BizBash, YumSugar & AnthonyGiglio.com
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SWEET victory for Doughnut Plant | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Time for sweet seduction at one of the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s most thrilling events. So what if I just stuffed face at Burger Bash? This girl has never met a dessert that she didn’t have room for. Bring on Godiva SWEET, a treats-celebrating evening extravaganza hosted by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

  1. Doughnut Plant\'s crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly doughnuts were crowd favorites
  2. Food Network\'s Semi-Homemade chef Sandra Lee hosted the sweet soiree
  3. db Bistro Moderne\'s plum gelée delice with ricotta mousse, poundcake & candied corn
  4. The Stanton Social\'s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée was bursting with fall flavors
  5. Sprinkles created a darling display for their mini red velvet and pumpkin cupcakes
  6. The Harrison\'s sinfully delicious sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard & orange
  7. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s cinnamon cheesecake with roasted figs (photo: SeriousEats)
  8. The Blue Stove topped assorted mini pies with Godiva dark chocolate pearls and lemon
  9. Mark Israel savored the sweet taste of victory for his Doughnut Plant delights. Congrats!

The sprawling space at 82 Mercer was filled with tables upon tables of decadent desserts and confections from renowned NYC restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs. Perrier-Jouët flowed freely as the sugar-obsessed crowd sampled delicacies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth—from chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, to pies, pops and pralines.

Seasonal flavors shined in The Stanton Social’s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée, Locanda Verde’s cranberry spice cake with mascarpone gelato, and Gotham Bar and Grill’s cinnamon cheesecake with port-roasted figs—hands down one of the night’s best. Other favorites included crispy Godiva chocolate praline pops from Jean Georges pastry maven Johnny Iuzzini, sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard from The Harrison, and Park Avenue Autumn’s aged goat cheese mousse with caramelized apples.

At the end of this ambrosial affair, Doughnut Plant was named the Godiva fan favorite for their doughy crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly buns. Friday’s fifth annual SWEET left me in a sugar-filled state of bliss, and knowing that event proceeds will benefit Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength was just icing on the cake.

Until we sweet again…

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2010 NYCWFF: Day 2

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

It was the perfect early autumn New York morning— the sun was blazing, there wasn’t a single cloud in the bright blue sky and a brisk chill swirled through the crisp October air—as I hungrily headed down to Pier 54 to start Day 2 of my NYCWFF adventure. Saturday kicked off with book signings and tastings at the Welcome Center. A few of the Food Network Chef-lebrities were there—Alton, Rachel, Giada, Tyler—promoting their latest cookbooks and chatting with crowds of swarming fans.

Guy Fieri gettin’ fired up in the kitchen

My afternoon brought an adrenaline-fueled cooking demo with my favorite Guy (Fieri, of course) at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School. I figured he’d be one of the hottest demos of the weekend, and man did he turn up the heat! With as much animated enthusiasm as he brings during every greasy bite on Triple D, Guy pumped up the crowd with a serious dose of non-stop energy and laugh-out-loud jokes, all while making duck fried rice and a heavy-handed strawberry-rhubarb vodka concoction. Everyone had a killer time—it was totally off the hook, as only Guy knows how to bring it.

Adour’s caramelized apple, calvados cream & granny smith granite at SWEET

As night fell on the Big Apple, I basically skipped like a schoolgirl down to the weekend event that I was most thrilled about (surprise, surprise)–SWEET. This treats-celebrating evening blowout was hosted by Sandra Lee and Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. The sprawling event space at la.venue was filled with tables upon tables of the most decadent desserts and confections from renowned NY restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs.

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