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May 2021 Chef of the Month – Gina Clarke

Our May 2021 Chef of the Month is the talented Chef Gina Clarke! Chef Gina is California-born and raised and now resides in Malibu. She’s the head chef and owner of Malibu Seaside Chef, a high-end private chef service that provides catering, fine dining and more!
Chef Gina first studied at the French Epicurean School in Los Angeles and then apprenticed under renowned Chef Giuliano Bugialli in Florence and Wolfgang Puck in Malibu. Among this chef’s clientele are movie stars, musicians and athletes!
Chef Gina is passionate about traveling and creating delicious masterpieces. She is strong-willed and open for new techniques, ideas and methods of cooking. She believes that you can always learn from someone else when it comes to food. We can’t wait to introduce her and some delicious recipes!

1. Where were you born? 

I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California which lies on the Central Coast. Incredible coastline with beautiful beaches, farms, vineyards and farm to table food.

2. Where do you work and where are you based? 

I am head chef and owner of Malibu Seaside Chef. I am a high-end private chef that provides services for catering, fine dining, and events. I am based out of Malibu, California, but service all of Southern California and have traveled to other states and countries to work.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

Anything “Le Creuset” I’ve been using their pans for years and they are tried and proven with all dishes. They are beautiful, nonporous, not-reactive and resistant to scratches. They retain the heat and cook evenly throughout.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

For me, the sense of “smell” is the sharpest of any. I can almost tell what food will taste like by the smell and if it needs any adjustments. Smell also brings back memories of prior food, restaurants and travel.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

You need to always educate yourself and be open for new techniques, ideas and methods of doing things. You can always learn from someone when It comes to food.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Every Chef should be able to improvise in times of need. You may be faced with many obstacles that force you to adapt and overcome in order to succeed. I’ve shown up to cook five course meals and the oven doesn’t work, thus, I’ve had to improvise and cook entire meals on the BBQ.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me incorporates all sense, I love the way food smells, tastes, the color, the textures and how it makes me feel. There’s no better food than when it brings people together.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

The features to me that are important in a chef’s outfit are comfort, proper fit, durability and it has to be stylish.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

I love using aged Balsamic, I can use it in marinates, salads dressing, soups, drizzled over fruit and veggies.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

Florence, Italy. I attended cooking school in Florence, Italy and was able to sample the flavors throughout the region. It’s a magical city with incredible dining, flavors, wine and old-world restaurants.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

It’s hard to pick, but my husband dies over my Osso Buco. Veal shanks braised with vegetables, wine, and broth served over risotto or polenta.

12. What do you like to eat most often on your days off? 

I definitely enjoy food and dining out gives me inspiration. My favorite foods to eat on my days off are Indian, Persian, Thai and Sushi. I love big, bold flavor and lots of spices.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

I think it would be amazing to cook for the Pope, I’d make him some amazing Italian food and finish it off with dessert and a good espresso.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I was an international model from the age of 16 to my early 30’s and was fortunate travel, dine and sample food around the world. This captured my attention to food and I wanted to do something after my modeling days were over that was creative and innovative. Becoming a chef fulfilled that creative side in me and allowed me to continue supporting myself in a way that I felt needed.

Connect with our May 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @malibuseasidechef

Facebook: @malibuseasidechef 

Website: https://www.malibuseasidechef.com/

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Chef Stew’s Curried Cauliflower, Cumin Rice & Tandoori Tofu Recipe

Get ready to treat yourself (and others) to a fantastic vegetarian-friendly recipe from our November Chef of the Month, Chef Stew.

Chef Stew has shared his famous curried cauliflower, cumin rice and tandoori tofu recipe. It's simple to make and chock full of spices and flavors. From a blend of Tandoori spices to a palatable taste of cumin rice

Chef Stew has shared his famous curried cauliflower, cumin rice and tandoori tofu recipe. It’s simple to make and chock full of spices and flavors. From a blend of Tandoori spices to a new cauliflower recipe, this dish has it all. Find it below!


  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Curry powder
  • 2 cups of Basmati rice
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Cup Cumin seeds
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • Extra-firm tofu
  • Tandoori Spice Blend (Spiceology has a great blend)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of cilantro

Curried Cauliflower Directions

  1. Take one head of cauliflower and cut into florets.
  2. Toss in olive oil and curry powder and roast on 350 for 25 minutes.

Cumin Scented Rice Directions

  1. Make 2 cups of basmati rice. Drain and chill.
  2. Julienne 2 onions.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil, and sauté the onion until translucent.
  4. Add tomato paste, cumin seeds and rice.
  5. Mix well, add salt and pepper to taste.

Tandoori Tofu Directions

  1. Cut extra firm tofu into cubes and gently toss into olive oil and season with Tandoori spice blend.
  2. Sear in skillet on all four sides.

Cilantro Chutney Directions

  1. Add 1/2 of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 garlic cloves, 1 bunch of cilantro and blend well.

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@Chef_Stew on Instagram

Robert Stewart on Facebook

Chef Stew on Linkedin

November 2020 Chef of the Month- Robert Stewart

Chef Stew was born in Baltimore and now resides in Las Vegas. He's  a father, a gourmet chef/caterer, TV personality, celebrity chef and president of the Transition Kitchen Foundation

We’re happy to announce our excellent November Chef of the Month, Chef Robert Stew, also known as Chef Stew! A true chef at heart, Chef Stew was born in Baltimore and now resides in Las Vegas. He’s a father, a gourmet chef/caterer, TV personality, celebrity chef and president of the Transition Kitchen Foundation, a culinary arts program dedicated to teaching life skills through culinary arts in Baltimore. He’s appeared on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’, ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ and was the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen Season 8. Stay tuned for some great recipes & shop his coat!

1. Where were you born? 

Baltimore, Maryland

2. Where do you work and where are you based? 

Las Vegas, Nevada. Stew’s Stix is my restaurant concept that currently is being introduced to the market via catering in SF, LA and Las Vegas. However, I’m also President of Transition Kitchen Foundation a Culinary Arts Training based out of Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve begun to help other chefs get TV shows and it’s been rewarding for me because I get asked for help all the time and now, I have a way to do just that!

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

My favorite Kitchen tool is the whole kitchen… Tt narrow down to one thing is hard. Good pots and pans play a factor. A sharp

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

Sight would be the answer. Being as though people eat with their eyes, I’m constantly using my eyes to make sure my work pleases their eyes.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Be a sponge, absorb as much as you can, be willing to speak up and say I don’t know how to do certain things, I’ve watched so many Chefs try to prove they are skilled but fail on simple tasks. The best chefs aren’t afraid to get help, pointers and advice.  The worst chefs know how to do everything. Lastly, I always mention staffing agencies this is a great way to pop in and out of operations. This allows to earn while you learn.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Effective communication skills… let’s stop throwing the titles out so easily. A Chef must have lots of qualities and experience to back the claim… a real Chef runs the operation and IS a leader – great leaders know how to make the operation run effectively and smoothly.

7. What does good food mean to you?

When I can think about it days after. Or the idea of eating it already, it makes me feel amazing inside. I like to consider good food like a party in my mouth

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

Comfortability is key… I like to look nice, but I like being able to move accordingly.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

Fresh herbs, fresh fish, fresh, fresh and again, fresh… sorry my answers aren’t simplistic. To create a dish, I’m using multiple things. If I need to choose a favorite, it would be steak or crabmeat.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

New Orleans.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

All of them…but, I would say a Blondie because I made 10k with this dessert.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 

Great question… lately with so many Chefs coming on set to film, I’ve been eating their food. But, if I’m not actually cooking for someone and it’s my day off… Uber Eats isn’t a bad idea. I still enjoy Panda Express, Chipotle, pizza, wings… all the stuff that I could make but too lazy to do.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

Bobby Flay, Jay Z, Janelle Monáe, or Halsey.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I didn’t. A Chef decided to become me. I grew up cooking as a kid as a means of survival, my mother worked nights and she did cook, but my big mouth complaining turned me into a child home cook. I then went to get trained and eventually I took an inventory of my life and realized that the natural qualities I possess and skills I acquired all wrapped into one thing made me a great Chef.

15. How to find Chef Stew?

Please visit Www.ChefStew.com

@Chef_Stew on Instagram

Robert Stewart on Facebook

Chef Stew on Linkedin

Chef Eddie G.’s Grilled Bananas & Tequila Chocolate Recipe

Grilled Bananas with Tequila Chocolate Reduction
Photographer: Chef Eddie G.

As seen on Season 1, Episode 1: Chef Eddie G. Locavore on Amazon Prime: “Dining with the Dead – Guadalajara”, we’re excited to share our October Chef of the Month‘s Grilled Bananas with Tequila Chocolate Reduction and Reposado Marinated Blackberries recipe. This banana dessert is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Find the recipe below!


  • 1 banana, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 oz Reposado Tequila
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbs butter


  1. Carefully grill the banana and place on the plate.
  2. In a double boiler, add chocolate and 3 oz of tequila and butter, stir to create chocolate sauce.
  3. In a bowl, pour remaining tequila over blackberries for a minute until berries have soaked up the tequila.
  4. Pour the chocolate sauce over grilled banana. Use berries as garnish. ¡Buen provecho!

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Chef Eddie G.’s Pan Seared Scallops Recipe

Photographer credit: Bill Brady Photography

Our October 2020 Chef of the Month has shared the ultimate mouthwatering recipe: Pan Seared Scallops with a Barrow’s Ginger Reduction and Micro Green Medley. This scallop recipe is simple to make and the ginger reduction adds a nice explosion of flavor. Add a microgreen salad for a finishing twist!


  • 12 large scallops
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 lb. micro greens


  1. In a sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Dry the scallops and gently place in hot oil, quickly browning the scallops on both sides. Place to the side of the pan and reserve.
  3. Add ginger liqueur carefully, and add minced garlic.
  4. Let reduce, adding butter until it’s the consistency of syrup.
  5. Place scallops on micro greens and top with the ginger glaze.
  6. Enjoy!

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Chef Eddie G.’s Pan-Seared Local Tuna Recipe

Photographer Credit: Javier Bonet

Our October 2020 Chef of the Month, Chef Eddie G., is sharing his delicious Pan Seared Local Tuna Recipe with a Sautee Garlic and Chardonnay Broccolini and Honey Soy Reduction. This tuna steak recipe is one of the many examples of Chef Eddie G. incorporating local ingredients to create his fantastic dishes. Find the recipe below!


  • 8 oz. center cut tuna
  • sesame seeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • Freshly mashed potatoes


Tuna Directions
  1. Season the tuna with salt and pepper.
  2. Crust the tuna with the sesame seeds.
  3. Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and sear the tuna, 30 seconds on each side, and put aside to reserve.
Broccolini Directions
  1. Blanch broccolini. Sauté garlic in butter until fragrant.
  2. Add white wine, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add broccolini to pan and coat with sauce
Honey Soy Reduction
  1. In a small pot, combine soy sauce and honey.
  2. Reduce until it’s the consistency of syrup.
  1. Slice tuna
  2. Serve over mashed potatoes and garnish with honey soy reduction.
  3. Plate with broccolini

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October 2020 Chef of the Month – Chef Eddie G.

We’re excited to re-introduce the talented Chef Edward Gallagher III A.K.A, Chef Eddie G., as our October 2020 Chef of the Month! An alumnus of Johnson & Wales University of Culinary Arts, Chef Eddie G. is also a celebrity chef, restaurant consultant, TV Personality and the star of his own TV show, Chef Eddie G. Locavore. This Chef is originally from New York and he likes to say that he’s now based in “whatever hotel [he’s] in that night”, and reflects on his love of traveling the world to share his love cooking for people. We’re honored to have him in our ChefUniforms family! Stay tuned for some delicious recipes & shop his look!

1. Where were you born?

Manhattan, New York.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I do restaurant consulting, I film a TV show called Chef Eddie G. Locavore, and I’m based in whatever hotel I’m in that night. But seriously, I am fortunate to travel the world and share my love of food and cooking for people.

3. What made you decide to become a chef?

Originally, I had friends who were a lot older than me, like 5 or 6 years older, and they all worked in the restaurant business. They wanted me to work with them, and I got a job in an Italian restaurant in New York when I was 13 years old. I started in the restaurant washing dishes and worked my way up over the next few summers. Over time, the Chef said I should get into the culinary world and I thought, “that’s interesting.”

I went to Johnson & Wales University and graduated from their Culinary Arts Program, and I’ve been in the restaurant business my whole life.

That first job was just a summer job… and here we are 41 summers later.

4. What have been some of your favorite events that you’ve cooked at?

Personally, I love cooking at Super Bowl events. I’ve been doing that 10 or 12 years now, and I just love the activity around the Super Bowl.

I love cooking at food and wine festivals, and I’ve done Las Vegas, Atlantic City, South Beach, Saint Lucia, Jamaica and others.

In addition, I really enjoy doing culinary demos with large crowds — love the atmosphere — and I love the small and boutique events, too.

Super Bowl LIII

5. What television shows/cooking competitions have you appeared on?

Television Shows

Cooking Competitions

  • Maria Bartiromo competition on CNBC
  • Disney Food and Wine Festival
Chef Eddie G. Locavore Episode 4

6. You recently launched a new show called Chef Eddie G. Locavore on Amazon Prime. Tell us about that. What was the idea behind it?

It incorporates traveling, getting to see new places, meeting great people, learning about the culture and the different foods you don’t normally see.

I love that — seeing foods I’ve never experienced before and getting to cook with them.

And then every episode ends with an event, whether it’s a farmer’s dinner for four people or the Super Bowl last year in Atlanta for 250,000 people.

Cover photo for Chef Eddie G. Locavore

7. What has been your favorite experience during shooting?

Bringing my parents to the Tuscany Food and Wine Festival and the Florence Cheese Festival. All of us being together in Italy for the first time, learning about the cuisine, seeing the country… that was a definite highlight. 

8. What have you been doing during the recent pandemic?

As part of the restaurant consulting that I do, I’ve been helping restaurants formulate a game plan, figure out the social distancing aspect of it, the food safety part of it, all of those elements.

On a related note, I’ve been consulting with Gosman’s restaurant in Montauk, NY, for the past five years with the long-range focus on lowering food costs and labor costs and increasing revenue. And we’ve done that, successfully, even in this pandemic.

I’m so thankful for this, and it’s also a hard reality that a lot of my friends are losing their restaurants right now. It’s a very hard time in the restaurant industry.

Cooking for First Responders & National Guard

9. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Don’t do it! Go become a doctor or dentist or something like that.

Ok, truthfully, I love this industry.

It’s not for everybody. You have to be willing to work when everybody else is off, and be off when everyone is working. You work holidays and weekends.

But if you’re passionate about it, like I have been, there’s no greater industry to be in. To be able to nourish people, to help people —  there’s nothing more rewarding than that.

While the industry can be very thankless externally, internally it’s a very thankful industry.

During the pandemic, I’ve seen a lot more people being very thankful. More so in the beginning, but for the most part people have been grateful for our service.

Paso Robles Sip & Taste Festival

10. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I would say my chef knife with the 10-12 inch blade. But I love an emulsion blender.

11. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

What a great question that is!

I believe it’s the art of pan searing. This is the technique that most people get the most jammed up on. I can always tell the abilities of a Chef or someone with culinary skills by how well they pan sear something, whether it’s tuna, scallops, steak. If you can put a good pan sear on a piece of meat or protein, I can usually tell whether someone knows what they’re doing or not. I think it’s the biggest technique to perfect.

And going in another direction, I’m big with sauces. To me, being able to make a good sauce shows how good a Chef or cook is. For example, I can tell by how well they can create the five Mother Sauces: béchamel, espagnole, hollandaise, tomato, and veloute.

Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut

12. What does good food mean to you?

I’ll answer that by sharing a story. Not too long ago, my team London and Tracey were in Montauk, and we had some other friends join us. We sat around the grill, enjoyed some wine, talked, and took our time grilling lobster and cooking off clams in cream sauce and sharing it all.

To me, good food is the whole package. It’s the atmosphere, it’s the people around the table, it’s the love. It’s all that.

Good food is obviously fresh and local, but when it’s combined with the people you’re surrounded by and sharing it with, that’s what makes good food — and a great meal.

As part of our nonprofit Chefs for Vets, we also do a lot of serving of people less fortunate. It’s all about the people who are gathered around the table and sharing time.

Chef Federica Continanza’s kitchen with Chef Guy Mitchel

13. What sort of features do you look for in your chef outfit?

First of all, I love working with the team at ChefUniforms. They’re so easy to work with and they understand this industry.

Their entire collection of chef apparel — from jackets to pants to aprons — are all top of the line.

They’re great quality, have deep pockets, and the price points are extremely competitive. And they’re great looking.

The biggest thing in our business is safety, and ChefUniforms creates stylish protective gear.

As a Chef, you’re working around hot grease and flames. You don’t want grease soaking through and burning your arms or legs. Their chef coats and pants are safety-first. If grease comes off anywhere and on to these pants, it doesn’t burn you. And same thing with the chef coat. If I get a grease splatter from a pan on the stove, it’s going to hit the jacket and not burn my arm.

Their chef apparel is also comfortable while being stylish. I like the chef’s pants with the stripes. It’s like wearing sweat pants all the time — so nice when you’re spending long hours in a hot restaurant kitchen.

14. Favorite ingredient to work with?

This changes all the time! It changes based on where I am.

I love garlic. I love Sriracha. Those are the two I think of immediately.

In Montauk, horseradish is a good one. Ginger is another ingredient I like cooking with.

I also really enjoy cooking with local flavors. For example, if I’m cooking in the islands, I like a little heat — peppers, poblanos, or habaneros. If I’m in California, I go more citrusy, with lemons, oranges. In Costa Rica, it’s citrus and avocados.

Pinot Noir Braised Short Ribs, Horseradish Puree

15. Favorite city to dine out in?

I can be a homer and say New York, right?

Barcelona is also a great food town. Tuscany was out of this world, and Florence, too.

One of the best restaurants I ever went to was on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis with a view of the volcano. That was probably one of the best.

But I can appreciate a plate from the vendor on the beach selling ceviche and grilled fish out of a shopping cart just as much as a 5-star meal.

16. What is your favorite dish to make?

I get asked that a lot. I love tapas, small plates, picking and tasting different flavors. And I like people picking and tasting the different things I’m cooking.

But generically, I love doing plays on Surf & Turf — some kind of seafood and meat combination.

Maybe that’s because I’ve lived in both areas.

I was doing a cooking demonstration a few years ago at a food and wine festival and someone asked what was my favorite food to cook. I said Surf & Turf — like filet mignon and lobster tail, or a rib eye with some shrimp or scallops. I’ll never forget this young girl watching the demo raised her hand and asked, “Was that because you lived in Colorado and South Carolina?” I’d never thought about it, but maybe that is why.

Cooking in Guadalajara (Locavore Episode 1)

17. What food could you eat every day and never grow tired of?


But another that I could eat often is pizza. I try to keep carbs down in my normal diet and also not eat too many fried foods, but I do love pizza.

And one more — Cheerios and peanut butter. I eat this almost every day!

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November 2017 Chef of the Month Jonathan Scinto


Introducing our November Chef of the Month, Jonathan Scinto! Scinto is a Private Chef & TV Personality born in Queens, New York. Notably featured on “MasterChef,” “Rooftop Chopped,” and “Iron Chef Showdown,” to name a few. Currently,  Jonathan is the owner of Chef Jonathan’s Private Parties & Events and lives on Long Island with his wife and their 3 daughters.


1. Birthplace:

Queens, NY

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I work all over the United States as a Private Chef. I am based on Long Island, NY in a mid-size town called North Bellmore.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

My Ninja Food Processor, my Chef Knife from Kayne Custom Knives, Chicago Cutlery Knives, my Plating Spoons from Chef Spoons and Plating Gold Tweezers from TrueCooks.

4. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Stay humble and dedicated, don’t let rejection and negativity get in the way of your culinary goals.

5. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Only use recipes as a tool for research, don’t be afraid to think outside the box to create your own cuisine.

6. What features are important to you when selecting your Chef outfit?

Comfort and styling.

7. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Fresh Herbs and Spices

8. Favorite City to dine out in?


9. Best Dish you have ever made?

Hard to narrow it down to one, but I like to cook Italian comfort food with Asian Influences. I’m doing a cuisine I invented called “Itasian”, which was first introduced at the Food Network Rooftop “Chopped.”

10. Place you eat most often on your days off?

My local pizza place called Calabria Pizza

11. Who do you enjoy cooking for?

Family and Friends.

12. What is currently on your DVR or Netflix queue?

Mind of a Chef, anything Disney, Marvel movies, and classic TV shows from the 50s-90s.


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Instagram: @chefjonathans

Facebook: @ChefJonathanS

Famous Chefs in History

Because of the French domination of the culinary scene since time began (or so it seems, anyway), it stands to reason the most famous chefs in history are – what else? – French, with the exception of one American woman (discussed later), who was, nevertheless, trained in classical French cooking.

Known as the “King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings,” Antoine Careme went from being an abandoned child left at the door of a restaurateur in 18th century Paris, to become the father of “haute cuisine” – the high art of French cooking – in the early 19th century. Chef to then-world movers and shakers such as diplomat Talleyrand-Perigord, the future King George IV, Czar Alexander I, and the powerful banker James Rothschild, Careme is noted for his voluminous writings on cooking, including the famed L’Art de la Cuisine Francaise (The Art of French Cooking), a five-volume masterpiece on menu planning, table settings, hundreds of recipes, and a history of French cooking.

Another Frenchman, George Auguste Escoffier, bridged the 19th and 20th centuries with a modernization of Careme’s elaborate cuisine by ingenious simplification of it. Escoffier lent his talents as a chef to open the Ritz and Carlton hotels with partner Cesar Ritz, and then went on to wow such illustrious passengers as Kaiser William II of Germany on the German liner Imperator. Besides being known for such famous treats at Peach Melba, created for Australian singer Nellie Melba in 1893, Escoffier penned numerous volumes on cooking and was largely instrumental in the betterment of conditions within commercial kitchens. A stickler for cleanliness, he demanded the same from his workers and forbade swearing or any type of violence, which at the time, was common as apprentices and other help were routinely beaten by older staff.

Charles Ranhofer, the son of a restrauteur and the grandson of a chef, goes down in the annals of great chefs as the first French chef to bring the grandeur of his country’s cuisine to America. Noted primarily as the head chef of New York City’s famed Delmonico’s restaurant, Ranhofer ran its kitchens for nearly 34 years. Serving such luminaries as President Andrew Johnson, President U.S. Grant, Charles Dickens, and a host of foreign dignitaries, Ranhofer created such culinary distinctions as Lobster Newburg and Baked Alaska, among many others. He also wrote “one of the most complete treatises of its kind,” according to the New York Times in praise of his book, The Epicurean, published in 1894.

A discourse on famous historical chefs would not be complete without the inclusion of one of the most gifted chefs of all time: an American woman named Julia Child. Born to a prominent California family, Child did not begin to cook until the age of 34. It was after she moved with her husband to France that she had her grand epiphany: Good food is more than roast beef and mashed potatoes. She flung herself headlong into an education at the esteemed Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris and later wrote mastering the Art of French Cooking with two partners. Child went on to become the first “celebrity chef” with more books, television programs, newspaper columns, and magazine articles. She brought exquisite French cuisine to America as much with her “have-a-good-time” attitude toward cooking as she did with her talent and expertise.

To all these great chefs, we owe a debt for their giftedness and tireless contributions that have truly turned cooking into an art form.

It does make one wonder, however, if ever the temptation arose with any of them to ever dine secretly on a lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich or to toast the evening with Kool-Aid and crackers. We’ll never know, but we’ll surely speculate – as we take another bite of quiche Lorraine.

Reprinted with permission from Author Keith Londrie II

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