Wylie Dufresne


Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2 Episode 7: Doughnuts + Double Eliminations

Episode 7 of Top Chef Just Desserts season 2 touched on at least one subject very near and dear to my heart — doughnuts! Le Bernardin‘s Executive Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis is back to discuss doughy treats and chocolate showpieces! I play in a band called Hot Doughnuts (founded many years before they became trendy), named [...]

Top Chef D.C. Episode 10: Not-So-Brilliant Disguise

My DVR didn’t need to work this week as I was watching live. No Memorex for me, baby. Future (C’mon, Bravo!) cheftestant Ed Hardy and I were IMing throughout. And, just like last week, we’re sharing our convo about everyone’s fave cooking contest. Hey, Ed…first thoughts at beginning of this episode…is Alex going down? And, [...]

James Beard Foundation Awards Nominees 2010: Congratulations!

The list of James Beard Foundation Awards nominees for 2010 has been released. Congratulations to everyone whose hard work and great talents have been recognized by the industry’s most prestigious organization. The winners will be announced on May 3, 2010, but there aren’t any losers in this round-up. Nominees include: BEST NEW RESTAURANT * Bibou, [...]

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 [...]

Thanksgiving: What Would Wylie Do (and Daniel, Too)?

Curious how some of today’s most well-known chefs would prepare Thanksgiving dinner? New York magazine reached out to a few, including wd-50‘s Wylie Dufresne and Daniel Boulud (Bar Boulud, Café Boulud, Daniel, db Bistro Moderne, and DGBG Kitchen and Bar), to learn what they would do to a turkey and some of American diners’ favorite [...]

Last Supper: What’s Your Ideal Final Meal?

When world-renowned chef Thomas Keller (Ad Hoc, Bouchon, The French Laundry, Per Se) lost his beloved father in 2008, he was able to find a bit of comfort in the fact that he’d prepared, carefully and lovingly, his father’s final meal. Keller didn’t know it at the time, but the simple dish of barbecued chicken, [...]

American Cuisine: What Does It Really Mean?

OpenTable diners recently selected their 50 favorite restaurants for American cuisine. But the Chicago Tribune‘s Bill Daley wonders if anyone can even agree on what American cuisine specifically refers to. The James Beard Foundation posits that the U.S. is a nation of regional cuisines rather than one with a unifying national style of cooking. However, [...]