Fabio Viviani at VIP Post-Party for the Gourmet Experience in Del Mar 10.8.2011
Adam looks down at me during talk at his book-signing at Barnes & Noble The Grove 4.27.2011.
James Beard Rising Star nominee Exec Chef Nathan Coulon (formerly of Ivy Hotel & currently of True Food Newport Beach) as Head Judge a Whole Foods Mkt Huntington Beach Cook-Off Competition Nov. 2011
I’ve been a foodie since childhood watching Graham Kerr “The Galloping Gourmet” instead of Sesame Street. Through the years I’ve enjoyed following Julie Child, Jacque Pepin, and Wolfgang Puck. More recently, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some culinary luminaries & some of the southland’s top chefs. When possible, I’ve also collected autographs on their books which include: Diana Kennedy the “Julia Child of Mexico;” Travel Channel “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain, “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman, & “Taste of America” host Mark DeCarlo; American Master Bladesmith specializing in kitchen knives Bob Kramer; and Extraordinary Desserts Owner Chef Karen Krasne (featured on Food Channel “Best Thing I Ever Ate” Cake Walk episode). I got word
Exec Chef Nick Brune (in hat) of local habit wow'd the crowd at Collaboration Kirtchen 8.21.2011.
Chef Owner Su-Mei of Saffron had everyone laughing while she tickled their tastebuds at Collaboration Kitchen 9.25.2011.
from the venerable Exec. Chef Thomas Keller that he’ll sign my copy of “ad hoc at home.”In those cases where I didn’t have a book, a picture had to suffice as in the case with Travel Channel “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern, Bravo Top Chefs Brian Malarkey (Season 3) & Fabio Viviani (Season 5). I’ve had the opportunity to meet such incredible talented California chefs: Exec. Chef Jon Eyer Hard Rock Hotel, Exec. Chef Nick Bruneof
Chef Antonio Friscia was cool enough to give me this shirt off his back!
Local Habit, Exec. Chef Olivier Bioteau of Farm House Cafe, Exec. Chef Chad White of Sea Rocket Bistro (soon to be at Gabardine), Exec. Chef Andrew Spurgin formerly of Waters Fine Catering & currently Chef/Partner at Campine (with Chefs Brian Malarkey & Antonio Friscia), Exec. Chef Antonio Friscia formerly of Stingaree & currently Chef/Partner at Campine as well as Exec Chef/Partner of Gaijin Noodle & Sake House, Executive Chef Victor Jimenez of Cowboy Star, Owner Chef Su-Mei of Saffron, Owner/Baker Charles Kaufman of Bread & Cie Bakery & Cafe, Former Exec Chef/Partner of Chileco & current Regional VP of 24 Carrots Catering & Events Scotty Wagner, Owner Gina Freize of Venissimo Cheese, Exec. Chef Nathan Coulon (son of Michele Coulon Dessertier of La Jolla) formerly of Ivy Hotel & currently of TrueFood Kitchen, Newport Beach; drinking centric travel “Three Sheets” host Zane Lamprey; and California foodie celebrity Chicken Charlie Boghosian best known for his fried food stand at the major county fairs from San Diego to the California State Fair in Sacramento.
Campine 3 Owner Chefs Antonio Friscia, Andrew Spurgin, & Brian Malarkey Collaboration Kitchen 1.29.2012
Bravo Top Chef Brian Malarkey meets The Frugal Foodie at Fruit of the Soul 2010
Exec Chef Scotty Wagner, chefs & staff Wine Rave Nov. 2010
Zane Lamprey, host of Three Sheets partying it up (as usual) The Lodge at Torrey Pines Chefs Celebration - San Diego Beer Week 2011
Exec Chef Christopher Logan of Creative Flavors Catering walked away with top prize & several gold medals at ACF-sanctioned Tour of Tastes cook-off competition at 2010 San Diego Fair.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Chef Karen Krasne & her daughter Sahara at the party for the launch of her latest cookbook "Extraordinary Cakes."
Chicken Charlie Boghosian is best known for his highly sucessful deep fried food stands that can be found at the major county fairs from Sacramento down to San Diego. He actually won a 2nd place medal chefs cook-off competition at the 2010 San Diego Fair.
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