Dessert Dynamo

Sweet Success Turns Savory for Candace Nelson, Co-Founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and Executive Producer of Netflix’s Sugar Rush

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

While cupcakes have ceded their trendiness to more Instagrammable confections since their heyday in the mid- to late 2000s, Sprinkles Cupcakes tycoon Candace Nelson has continued to be a dynamic force in the dessert world since launching her famous Beverly Hills bakery in 2005. Before opening Sprinkles, the pastry school graduate and former investment banker […]

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Scoop Local

Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker of Salt & Straw, Shares the Backstory Behind the Company's Unique Flavor Creation Process

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many great chefs hailing the virtues of farm-to-table cuisine, Tyler Malek, Head Ice Cream Maker at Portland-based ice cream company Salt & Straw, constrains his flavor palette to utilize artisanal ingredients local to each of its 15 locations—so much so that you’ll never see more than three of the same flavors from one shop […]

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The Truth Behind True Salmon

Matt Stein of King's Seafood Gives a Crash Course on Our Country's Favorite Fish

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Salmon may reign supreme in American seafood cuisine, yet many of its professed fans are unaware not every catch can actually be classified as a “true salmon.” This unexpected fact was among the revelations shared at a recent L.A. salmon tasting led by Matt Stein, Chief Seafood Officer of California-based King’s Seafood Company. In addition […]

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Meet the Chef with Michael Reed

Chef Michael Reed of Viviane in Beverly Hills, CA

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Like many chefs, Michael Reed’s passion for cooking stems from eating home-cooked meals nightly with his family. Considering he spent his formative years in a farming community in Ventura County, California, it’s fitting he now channels his appreciation for local produce into his dishes at his restaurant, Viviane, at The Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. […]

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Meet the Chef with Jill Vedaa

Chef Jill Vedaa of Salt+, Lakewood, OH

Written by: Kate Newton

Good things came in threes this year for Jill Vedaa, Co-Owner/Executive Chef at Salt+ in Lakewood, Ohio: In addition to seeing her acclaimed bistro make the cut for Cleveland Magazine’s “25 Best Restaurants” list in May, Vedaa was named a semifinalist for Best Chef: Great Lakes by the James Beard Foundation and emerged victorious on […]

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From Sicily to Naples, Florida

Chef Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia Leads a Farm-to-Table Revolution in the Sunshine State

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Move over, Florida oranges: There’s a new crop in town. The state harbors nearly 32,000 acres of tomato fields, yet many are unaware Florida also grows the largest amount of fresh-market tomatoes in the U.S. The largest tomato producer across the pond in Europe, naturally, is Italy, so it makes sense that Sicilian-born chef Vincenzo […]

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Meet the Chef with Larry Monaco

Executive Chef of Cast at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, CA

Written by: Jesse Hom-Dawson

WHEN YOU COME FROM AN ITALIAN FAMILY and grew up cooking with your grandma, it’s no surprise that you would decide being a chef was your destined career path. “I knew I wanted to be a chef from high school on, even though it wasn’t trendy back then to be one,” says Chef Larry Monaco, […]

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Cheesy Romance

How Youssef Fakhouri Became L.A.'s Preeminent Vegan Cheesemaker

Written by: Jessie Birschbach

Necessity might typically be the mother of invention, but in the case of Youssef Fakhouri’s beloved vegan cheese, it’s love. Fakhouri, owner of dairy-free cheese shop Vromage in West Hollywood, began working in restaurants when he was 13, making pastries and chocolate, cooking and performing other tasks of the trade. After coming to America from […]

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Gaby Dalkin Grows Her Food Empire, One Recipe at a Time

"What's Gaby Cooking" Emphasizes California Style Cuisine and the Utilization of Simple, Easily Accessible Ingredients

Written by: Madelyn Gagnon

Gaby Dalkin, creator of the popular food blog What’s Gaby Cooking, sets her recipes apart from the crowd through her emphasis on California cuisine and utilization of simple, easily accessible ingredients. After pursuing her blog full-time, Dalkin experienced vast success with the recent release of a second cookbook, What’s Gaby Cooking: Everyday California Food, as […]

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