June 25, 2014

I first met Chef David Santos cooking at a City Grit event I photographed. He was running the Um Segredo supper club out of his home in Rosevelt Island at the time, and has since opened his own restaurant, Louro, in the West Village, which opened one and half years ago. At the restaurant, Chef Santos has kept the supper club tradition alive (more…)

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Pai Men Miyake

May 13, 2014

As many of you know, or may have noticed from my postings on Instagram, I have recently started sharing my time between New York and Maine, enjoying The Way Life Should Be! And so, I thought it would be appropriate to explore the rich food scene Portland, and Maine at large, has to offer. Our first stop is Portland’s only (more…)

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Union Republic

January 21, 2014

Union Republic is the brainchild of Chef Gregory Torrech and his business partner Noah Sexton. We last visited the two at MAE, their first Jersey City venture, which they had to close just over a year ago due to a conflict with the landlord. We interviewed Torrech this morning to see what has transpired since, and how opening such a strikingly (more…)

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Coconut and Quinoa

June 17, 2013

Last week found my trusty assistant and me in the sunny open East Village kitchen of Amy Chaplin, creator of the blog Coconut and Quinoa. We captured Chef Amy as she effortlessly created a meal and its recipe using ingredients she had gathered at that morning’s farmer’s market. The former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen has made a career of cooking (more…)

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Le Louis XV

February 28, 2013

I had the honor of photographing the kitchen at Alain Ducasse’s three Michelin-starred Louis XV restaurant in Monte-Carlo. A journalist and I were on assignment for Vogue China, doing a travel piece about the French Riviera, and she had arranged for us to report on and lunch at this establishment, which is housed inside the grand Hotel de Paris. To (more…)

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September 26, 2012

I photographed Chef Seamus Mullen’s sunlit open kitchen last April, the week his debut cookbook Hero Food was released (thus the fresh book-release party “tattoos” sported by the staff). His chef de cuisine, Anup Joshi, was at the helm as lunch was prepared, and meat roasted in their wood-burning grill. Though I was delighted to sample some of the tapas during our (more…)

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Modern American Eatery

May 11, 2012

A month ago last week, Chef Gregory Torrech and business partner Noah Sexton opened this establishment in the up and coming Communipaw neighborhood of Jersey City. You may recall Chef Torrech from his kitchens at Brown and 6th Street Kitchen, both of which were featured on this blog, and if you attended New York Kitchen’s On The Line event last fall. Modern American Eatery, (more…)

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City Grit: Minnesota Dinner

March 14, 2012

When chef and Minnesota-native Andrew Kraft was invited to create a dinner for City Grit supper club by his friend and fellow chef David Santos (who is to cook four of their dinners this month), Kraft decided on a Minnesota menu. Chef Kraft’s style of cooking is Modern American, but he likes to call it “Midwest Modern – rustic food done (more…)

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February 27, 2012

While recently shooting a Japanese beauty product launch at this restaurant, I was reminded that I was woefully overdue in posting its kitchen here, which I had photographed in the fall.  A collaboration between David Bouley and the Tsuji Culinary Institute, this lovely restaurant features a large kitchen that opens onto a minimal wooden dining room. Sam Sifton, who gave (more…)

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December 28, 2011

The first time Empellon’s Alex Stupak cooked anything, it was out of a children’s cookbook. “I made a salad with russian dressing for my mother. It made her happy and I realized cooking can be a way of connecting with people. I was seven or eight”. Chef Stupak is the former pastry chef of the influential WD 50, which incidentally is still his (more…)

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