Culinary Arts

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    May 23, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: Grape Sous Chef Danyele McPherson on Life as Luscher's No. 2

    The Grape's sous chef, Danyele McPherson, sat down with us last week to chat about the life as a sous. Let's just jump right in. How did you initially get into cooking? Well, I went to normal college - got a degree at North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked in offices full time, in a cube. Cube ... More >>

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    September 29, 2011
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    September 15, 2011
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    September 1, 2011
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    December 23, 2010

    Viking: A Little Lesson in How the Other Half Cooks

    Woman, where's my meatloaf?​I don't own any kind of Viking appliance. But if I did, now I know what I would do with it. I didn't realize that the "Experience the Viking Difference" cooking class at the Viking Cooking school referred to the difference a Viking appliance can make in a cook's li ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Stephan Pyles Thanksgiving Cooking Class: You'll Never Want Another Butterball

    Stephan Pyles​Among other things, the Thanksgiving cooking class at Stephan Pyles taught me that the main things I know about journalism are wrong. I had a journalism professor open his class with, "You think you're going to be happy? You're not. You think this career is going to be easy? I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Acing the Cheese Course at Central Market

    Editor's Note: Since we're not especially scholastic at City of Ate, we recruited our intern Brooke Nottingham (who's probably a whiz with a highlighter and page marker flags) to attend a few local cooking classes. Her occasional series of reports begins today with a cheese class at Central Market. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Scott Romano: Going Whole Hog
    At a Downtown Jewel

    Photo by Robert BostickScott Romano​Since the Observer recently named Charlie Palmer at The Joule the city's Best Fancy Restaurant in this year's Best of Dallas issue, we thought now would be a good time to get a look at the man behind the kitchen, executive chef Scott Romano. Like many of th ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Turkish Delights: Dallas Cooks Get Schooled
    In Food and Culture

    Photo by Hanna RaskinNevin Gezgin teaches Dallasites how to prepare Turkish dishes.​Students enrolled in the Turkish American Women Association's Saturday afternoon cooking classes in Richardson learn as much about cross-cultural dialogue as the right way to roll dolmas. Trying to determine h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Craft's Jeff Harris: A Chef you Can Bank On

    Photos by Robert BostickCraft's Jeff Harris​(This is the first part of a three-part look at Jeff Harris, executive chef at Craft. Tune in tomorrow for a Q&A with Harris and Friday as he demonstrates how to prepare one of the restaurant's dishes.) Jeff Harris was raised in a small town in East ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Molecular Gastronomy Finally Makes Quantaum Leap to Dallas

    Hey, grandpa, what's for supper?​As a remarkable number of press releases this month have pointed out, molecular gastronomy has made its way to Dallas. Stephen Pyles, who "detests the words" molecular gastronomy, is planning to trot out a few mad science techniques for a new tasting menu debut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Back To School: Hungry Minds At Le Cordon Bleu

    ​Many kids and young adults are heading back to school right now. Some lucky stiffs, however, will trade cracking books for grilling, baking, sautéing and flambéing. Ever wonder what it's like? We have. Turns out, culinary school's lighter on the Gordon Ramsay-style discipline than you'd th ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    May 29, 2009

    10 Questions: James Tidwell Of Four Seasons

    He was the 100th American wine professional to earn the title of Master Sommelier, but that's not the only thing Tidwell can be proud of.After graduating from LSU with a degree in international trade and finance, this son of a small town preacher set off for culinary school at the prestigious Culina ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Food For Thought 5.13.09

    "Restaurants should want to promote the farmers they support, but listing every farm for every ingredient (e.g., 'Eagle Rock Farm cilantro,' 'Skogly Fields butter beans') is unnecessary and, in the end, tedious." (Andrew Knowlton, writing in Bon Appetit, in response to the question of whether the lo ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    10 Questions: Ryan Carbery

    Patrick MichelsThe sous chef for David Gilbert's new venture, Lazare, has a cooking history extending back four generations.How's that? Well, Carbery's family owns nine restaurants in the St. Louis area, his uncle is a chef in Beverly Hills--he essentially grew up in professional kitchens, hauling b ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    10 Questions: Our Favorite Answers Thus Far

    Who knew Megan Henderson liked to suck down whipped cream, straight from the can?We began the 10 Questions series early in the new year, so it seems like a good time to pause and look back.Over the past few months, we've interviewed some interesting characters, including chefs, waiters, managers, ba ... More >>

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    March 9, 2009

    10 Questions: Russell Hodges

    Not Russell, of course. But this is how he chooses to illustrate his Facebook page...He is responsible, indirectly, for the cooking in many of the city's restaurants. That's right--Hodges is one of those teaching chefs. Currently at the AIMS Academy and in the process of advancing his academi ... More >>

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    February 26, 2009

    Toque In Hand

    Want to help a good thing get even better?We recently wrote about the phenomenal lunches and dinners provided by aspiring chefs of El Centro College's culinary arts program. Still, the school's kitchen could use a little help. And it's getting it from a few of its famous friends.From 4 to 7 p.m., M ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Of Mansions And Men

    This guy left the Mansion's kitchen. Will it fail as a result?On Friday, the Mansion's PR rep made the rounds by phone to confirm that rumors rebuffed earlier in the week were true--chef John Tesar was out the door to "pursue other opportunities."Stephanie Hutson, the suddenly harried spokesperson, ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Move Over, Ex-President Bush. Kent Rathbun's Moving a "Blue Plate Kitchen" Into Preston Center.

    Earlier today, Unfair Park learned that chef Kent Rathbun would be opening a new restaurant in Preston Center, next door to Shannon Wynne's Flying Fish in the space formerly occupied by Carrabba's, among others. I called Rathbun's publicist Ariana Hajibashi-Martin to confirm, and she was very noncom ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    Insert Lame Puck Pun Here

    We here at City of Ate don't consider celebrity chefs swoon-worthy. MotoGP riders yes, chefs--hell, line cooks do the work. And when they appoint one of their protoges to their name...

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    November 19, 2008

    Zagat's Great News for Fearing

    Dean Fearing, who clearly needs to work on his knife skills Dean Fearing's eatery in the Ritz-Carlton has been the recipient of myriad kudos from the likes of Frank Bruni in The New York Times (who called it "overwhelming," but in a good way) to Esquire, which, couple years back, hailed it as its ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Burning Question: Which Ingredients Do Chefs Hate To Work With?

    How would you like to slice into these everyday? Lobsters are easy. We mean that in a culinary sense. Bind up the pincers, drop them in water and commence to melting some butter. Likewise steak: a dash of salt, another of pepper and a crackling grill—that’s all there is to it, pretty much. I ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Hot, Hot, Hot

    Feel the heat at Will Rogers

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    December 20, 2007
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    October 9, 2007
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    July 19, 2007
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    July 12, 2007
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    September 8, 2005

    Zest is Best

    Spice things up with ZestFest

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    June 23, 2005
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    March 24, 2005

    Give Peace and Peppers a Chance

    Chili cooks score one for multilateralism

  • Dining

    October 21, 2004

    Kitchen Detention

    Can you really learn to cook at a cooking class?

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
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    April 1, 2004

    Fire in the Bowl

    Your stomach will hate you in the morning

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    July 24, 2003

    She's Gotta Serve It

    Dallas dining is largely controlled by men. Seven women are trying to change that.

  • Dining

    March 13, 2003

    Cam Bam

    Do chefs watch cooking shows?

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    October 24, 2002

    Naked Ambition

    Jamie Oliver shows his twist at Central Market

  • Dining

    August 8, 2002

    Ronco Busting

    Are any kitchen gadgets worthwhile?

  • Dining

    June 27, 2002

    Cook Out

    Do chefs really prepare your meals?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001
  • Dining

    September 13, 2001

    Skipping School

    Top chefs can spend 30 grand on school or just work their way up

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Something about Stephan

    After 25 years in Dallas' restaurant jungle, Stephan Pyles has come out respected and rich. How does he stay so clean?

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    High Spoons

    Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.

  • News

    February 26, 1998

    Cooking Up a Storm

    Temperamental Dallas chef Avner Samuel is a genius in the kitchen, but he may have burned the one thing that matters most--his bridges

  • Dining

    October 23, 1997

    Joey's wobbles

    But it doesn't fall down

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    May 8, 1997

    Taking a stand

    Rebellious Chef Danielle Custer creates a risky menu for Laurels

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    January 2, 1997
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    October 31, 1996

    Bread and Circuses

    When food legend Julia Child came to Texas spreading her gospel of good eating, no one was spared. Not even Big Tex

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    October 3, 1996
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