Movies

I believe if you love food and love to cook food, these films are important to watch.  They may challenge your moral compass as a chef, they may make you angry or sad.  This is all good, and good to watch.  These suggestions have no intention of getting political,  it may help define the new …

Books to Read

The list below is reccommended to be read, some for humor, candor and wit but more important, wisdom.  A comprehensive set of these writings will give balanced insight on how to think like a chef.  Some are just the forwards in the cookbooks that will yeild more knowledge about the book or author than say, a recipe. …

How To Be a Better Chef….Leader of Cooks

I humbly wish I had learned this a long time ago.  I sincerely wish others would learn this now. Our last day of class at the CIA featured a lecture on leadership.  As a former president of the largest advertising agency in the United States, our teacher is currently on the Board of Trustees at CIA.  He …

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Just a few days ago I spent an important amount of time on the farm in Pocantico Hills, New York. It is harder to describe the moments we shared with the chef and farm manager Craig Haney that afternoon and evening. I had eaten at Blue Hill in NYC last fall so this trip was …

Hudson Valley

It was an honor to have a tour of this campus. Amazing place, one I've always held in high regard. I have worked with and for many chefs who graduated from this venerable program. Many of them good chefs, some better cooks, and a couple of hacks. The culinary program is well invested and the …

Omni Culinary Masters Program at the Culinary Institute of America

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