Chef Oswaldo Oliva: Mexico to Mugaritz and Back

Oswaldo Oliva is a name not so familiar to diners just yet but I expect that will change. In the near future it will be shining amongst the names of other top culinary talents in the world. It is so heartwarming to see such brilliant talent be honed and transformed under the guidance of some…

Interview with Alice Waters, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California

For most of my life that I have been living and working in California there is one chef whom I have always looked up to and admired. Dining at Chez Panisse for the first time decades ago was like an introduction to the cuisine I would encounter over ensuing years at numerous kitchens in California and even…

Mauro Colagreco, Mirazur, Menton, France

It’s a pleasure to see Mauro and Julia Colegreco together with their young son as any other normal family. I recently saw a very personable side of this young chef who has matured as a person and a chef since we first met many years ago. I saw a more humble and happy side of…