Open Letter to the Chefs of Tomorrow

In my post Monday, I included some of the discourse of the New Nordic Kitchen Manifesto that has helped direct and align the efforts of Rene Redzepi at Copenhagen's Noma. I also underscored the impact of the Manifesto on our own cuisine here in the Lowcountry if we were to apply the same precepts. As …

Finding Noma

Big news from Copenhagen this week: I admit freely to an unabashed chef crush on Rene Redzepi. In the process of collaborating on a contemporary iteration of Nordic cuisine, he has broadened the landscape from which as chefs we may draw inspiration from. Rene Redzepi is an innovator and a leader. He was one of …

Required Reading: The Culture of the Kitchen: Iliana Regan

Yup, it's Bloodshirt Friday! I'd previously posted 2 other articles in this series from Lucky Peach authored by Rene Redzepi and David Chang. Here is the third in the series by Chicago chef Iliana Regan. Personally, what Iliana is saying resonated with me- the bits about unresponsive young chefs, stating "I’m not responsible for their …

Verta Mae Grosvenor: The Griot Who Played Goddess

I met a lady named Vertamae Smart- Grosvenor once at a nice restaurant in a Charleston alley. My wife and I were attending a Southern Foodways Alliance event- one of those gigs where they ply you with local goodies and screen a Joe York documentary. Vertamae grew up in rural Hampton County, SC. Her parents moved …