Grant Achatz, Alinea, Next, Aviary, Chicago

I recently had a conversation with the thirty-something young father of two boys, a cancer survivor and an an internationally famous chef and restauranteur. After the hoopla about the James Beard Awards in Chicago and the celebrations for the tenth anniversary of his Alinea restaurant (attended by all the culinary royalty including Achatz’s mentor and…

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, Maison Pic, Valence, France

  Anne-Sophie Pic Flies Above The Clouds by Geeta Bansal One of the top chefs in the world, Anne-Sophie Pic comes from a venerated family of great French chefs in southeastern France. So far few women have confidently broken into the male dominated circle of best chefs in the world other than Carme Ruscalleda, Nadia…

James Beard Awards 2015, Chicago

The prestigious James Beard Awards celebrated its annual gala and 25th Anniversary in Chicago on Monday, the 4th of May. The James Beard Foundation, established in 1986 in honor of James Beard (referred to as the Dean of American Cookery by the New York Times) is a nonprofit professional organization that promotes culinary talents and arts across the…

Didier Fertilatti, Quique Dacosta Restaurant, Denia, Spain

Didier is a delight to know and I always enjoy seeing him and we had many laughter filled gab sessions.He leaves a trail of friends and admirers wherever he travels. I was recently in France and heard great stories about his visits with Quique Dacosta from his fellow maitre’ds about how they all look up…