French Culinary Institute


Attend the Women in Culinary Leadership Dinner on 9/18 at NYC’s At Vermilion

This Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 6-8PM, join Martha Stewart, Lidia Bastianich (Felidia), Susan Ungaro, Dorothy Hamilton, Martha Teichner, and Rohini Dey at the inaugural Women in Culinary Leadership dinner at At Vermilion Restaurant in New York for a no-holds- barred discussion on the challenges and opportunities that exist for women who are culinary professionals. The [...]

Dining Poll: What Type of Food TV Do You Crave?

I don’t really watch a lot of food television, preferring to go out to eat or cook myself. If forced to choose, however, my favorite is anything featuring Jacques Pépin on PBS. There’s something so zen about his demeanor, his uber-efficient technique, and the fact that the food always seems to be the star. Having [...]

Top Chef Texas Episode 10: Chef Ed ‘Disco Pants’ Hardy on Restaurant Wars

It’s raining, his socks don’t match, and he’s feeling particularly surly, but we’re determined to rehash the latest episode of Top Chef: Texas with Ed Hardy of Red Rooster Harlem. It’s restaurant wars! Wheee!  Yayy. Whoopdee doo. I see we took our happy pill today. Seriously, though, it’s restaurant wars and an old-fashioned battle of the sexes. My first thought [...]

Top Chef: Texas Episode 2: Chef Ed Hardy on the Bubble Bunch, French Chefs + Veal

The second episode of Top Chef: Texas was a bit lackluster, but we’re hanging in. Hanging along with us, as usual, is our fellow commentator is chef Ed Hardy. Welcome back, Ed. Do you know any of these folks, or have you dined at any of their restos? I’ve been to Fishtail by David Burke, and [...]

Molecular Gastronomy Goes Mainstream in Manhattan

Wylie Dufresne has been playing with his food à la Dr. Frankenstein for years, and while not all restaurants embrace his methods, many elements of his brand of molecular gastronomy have seeped into mainstream dining in the Big Apple. The New York Post reports on Dufresne, chef-owner of wd-50, Dave Arnold, resident mad scientist at [...]

Side Dish: Not Just for Steakhouses

I dined out at Perilla last night, the restaurant co-owned by Harold Dieterle, winner of the first season of “Top Chef.” Mr. Dieterle is also the restaurant’s executive chef. Accompanying me were three chef-friends, all of whom had been my classmates at the French Culinary Institute. Naturally, then, we dined in courses, with each of [...]