Category: Chef’s kitchen

Niven Patel, a Miami Chef, Is Not Giving Up on 2020

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The last week in July was an especially stressful one for Niven Patel, and for Floridians in general.

It began with Mr. Patel’s decision to permanently close one of two locations of Ghee Indian Kitchen, the Miami-area restaurant that brought the chef national acclaim. The week ended with South Florida bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Isaias, just as the state recorded its fourth straight day of record reported deaths from Covid-19.

In the midst of all of this — while still adjusting to having become a father to twin daughters in June —

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Chef Bill Smith’s Grassroots Efforts To Help His Kitchen Family Are Inspiring

Long a social justice activist, this now-retired chef is best known and loved for some of the South’s finest shrimp and grits, his affinity for PBR and a vast collection of band T-shirts.

But he’s also revered for working hard to help keep his former Crook’s Corner kitchen crew from going hungry and homeless during this challenging health care and economic crisis. It’s the kind of humble, grassroots effort that reaffirms faith in humanity.

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The best chef’s knives for 2020: Mac, Wusthof and more

After college, I invested in a chef’s knife and I’ve used it almost every day since then. At this point, it feels like an extension of my own arm when I’m preparing food. And that’s how a good chef’s knife should feel: irreplaceable, even as kitchens and appliances change. 

But a chef’s knife is an investment. And $150 can feel like a lot for a good knife — let alone for one you might end up disliking. So before swiping “buy” on Amazon or tossing the cheapest knife in the cart on your next outing, it’s important to think about

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The End of Chefs: Moving Beyond Toxic Kitchen Culture

White male chefs who already fit neatly into the stereotype of the auteur are overrepresented, praised for a highly specific approach to fine dining, then rewarded with more investment and opportunities to replicate that same approach.

So many alternative kinds of food businesses are never considered for awards or investments. They don’t fit into the chef-auteur framework, and in some cases have no desire to do so — community farms with food stalls, roving trucks, collaborative projects, temporary projects, or family restaurants where three different cooks take turns in the kitchen, depending on their child care schedules.

But for so

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Best smokers to shop in 2020, according to experts and chefs

What makes a smoker different?

Gas grills simply don’t bring out the robust flavors compared to smoking or charcoal grills, Chavez notes. “The smoking aspect really brings a different flavor profile, especially because you can choose what type of wood that you want to smoke,” he says. “Oakwood, cherry wood and mesquite wood achieve three different flavors, flavors that you won’t find when using a charcoal grill.” But being able to cook low and slow over a flavored heat source isn’t the only difference between a gas grill, charcoal grill and smoker, according Jim Mumford of Jim Cooks Food Good

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