Chefs of Aloha @ the James Beard’s house with Alan Wong & Georges Mavro

I spent quite a bit of time in Hawaii in my early chef life and I always been very fond of the culture, the people and of course the food of the islands. So when I heard that two of my favorite Hawaiian chefs Georges Mavro and Alan Wong were coming to town to cook […]


Behind the Line @ Le Bernardin

I got the opportunity to spend two days in the kitchen of Le Bernardin this week to learn new tricks and find some fresh inspiration. There’s no need to introduce this one-of-the-kind restaurant since Chef Eric Ripert is a regular fixture on popular shows on television and has earned the highest distinctions in the restaurant […]


Behind the Line @ L’ambroisie, Paris

My last stop in Paris was the kitchen of L’Ambroisie located in the very chic Place des Vosges in the 4th arrondissement. Bernard Pacaud is one of France’s most talented and respected chefs who drew attention early-on with his classic skills and intense flavor combinations. L’Ambroisie saw a meteoric rise to success in the 80’s and […]


Behind the Line @ Apicius, Paris

My second stop on my Parisian tour was at Apicius, a two-michelin stars restaurant located in a historic private mansion steps away from the Champs-Elysees. The chef-owner is Jean-Pierre Vigato, an autodidact who believes (and proves) you don’t have to go to fancy cooking schools and follow in the footsteps of legendary chefs to make […]


Behind the Line @ Laurent, Paris

I was lucky to spent time in three different restaurants with some very talented chefs in Paris last week. It was for me a return to my roots to inspire myself, learn new techniques and bring back this newfound knowledge back to my kitchen. I started at Le Laurent on monday in one of the […]