We asked some of the city’s top chefs to create a dish to honor a person who influenced their cooking. The exercise stirred many kitchen memories, about everyone from Rick Bayless to dear ol’ mom.
The Primehouse chef thinks back on how making a classic French meat pie at Le Francais instilled in him the value of training and discipline.
The Giant chef remembers being schooled in the high-intensity kitchen at Citronelle.
The Marisol chef is inspired daily by her boss’s creativity with ingredients.
The Carnivale chef reminisces about discovering Latin American cooking as a teen.
The Quiote chef says the restaurateur and Mexico: One Plate at a Time host helped him fall in love with Mexican food.
The Blackbird chef still applies the lessons of his first instructor.
The Proxi executive pastry chef talks about the importance of finding “a safe place to learn and to grow.”
The Kimski chef’s mom taught him to cook by feel, touch, and taste.
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Ryan Pfeiffer of Blackbird and Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice were this year’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off winners.
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The Reader’s Key Ingredient Cook-Off returns for its third year, this time featuring 22 chefs cooking with five different ingredients at the Lacuna Artist Lofts.
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