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It's offseason in Positano forLe Sirenuse, the luxury Amalfi Coast resort, home to one of the best pools in Italy, but if you're in Los Angeles this week you can take in some of the Italian seaside living at Shutters on The Beach in Santa Monica.
For the second year in a row, the two hotels have partnered up for a week-long celebration of all things Le Sirenuse (pronounced like "Lay-sear-a-new-say." At One Pico, Le Sirenuse's hot Michelin-star chef, Matteo Temperini, has created a special menu of Mediterranean dishes, all made with local California ingredients.
Highlights include the mantecato (codfish), topped with a poached egg in a sweet garlic cream sauce with asparagus, along with a light risotto atop red shrimp carpaccio, and the Maine Lobster in olive oil broth. But of course, there is dessert--the insanely rich Guanaja chocolate cake served with raspberry sorbet, actual raspberries and a small gold leaf.
All of this can and should be paired with the specially selected white and red wines (Italian, obvi) and if you indulge in Limoncello shots, it is prudent to follow that up with an espresso, so that at least you can order your own Uber home.
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Empty plates at the Ten Room, just waiting to be filled with your home-brought food
Open kitchens and chef’s tables? Over. The latest idea in hotel restauranting? Get the guests to bring their own ingredients.
The Ten Room at Café Royal, which, to be honest, we haven’t heard much about since it opened to rather disastrous reviews, has just announced a Bring Your Own Ingredient menu, in which you literally bring what you want them to cook.
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Guy Fieri, the bleached-up Food Network chef and host of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", is killing it at his Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Linq Hotel in Las Vegas. Seriously. We walked in on a random Tuesday morning and it was nearly full (the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.)
This was surprising, "fo' sho'," since Guy's New York restaurant didn't fare so well, at least not with the critics. But foodies and culinary snobs aside, Guy has a huge following. And if you're one of his fans, then you'll want to get a ticket to his interactive dinner at the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain resort in Scottsdale on December 19.
We may have issues today with the "meh" rooms at The Waldorf Astoria New York but the luxury hotel holds an important place in culinary history, thanks to its inventions such as eggs benedict, red velvet cake, Thousand Island dressing and of course, The Waldorf Salad.
"Taste of Waldorf Astoria" is sending five emerging chefs to five different Waldorf Astoria properties around the world. At each property, the chefs will apprentice with Michelin-starred Waldorf Master Chefs such as Heinz Beck, Pierre Gagnaire, and the Galvin brothers.
Throughout the fall, the paired-up emerging and master chefs will spend a week working on a signature recipe, which will then be unveiled in February in New York for a panel of "culinary luminaries." The winning "Taste" will then be featured on the menu at 29 Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide.
Indeed, the search for the new "Taste" has already begun.
Bar crawls: Boozy. Lobster crawls: Bougie.
We’re not complaining. After all, this is something you'd expect in Kennebunk, the coastal Maine playground for the really rich and not-necessarily-famous. (Power is not measured in Twitter followers, dahling.) New Englanders heading up for a summer retreat at The White Barn Inn will now be able to book the “bespoke experience” of a customized “Crustacean Crawl” with the Relais & Chateau property’s esteemed chef Jonathan Cartwright. (He’s also the toque behind the fine dining Muse restaurants at two other tony Grace Hotels properties, Newport’s Vanderbilt Grace and Connecticut's Mayflower Grace.)
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We still have to pinch ourselves to believe that 1 Hotels are really real and are really happening.
The eco-friendly luxury hotel brand that quickly launched and quickly disappeared, thanks to the fallout from the economic recession, is now hard at work at completing its three hotels in New York (near Central Park), Brooklyn (near the bridge) and in Miami (in South Beach.)
And they've just added a trio of superstar chefs to do the hotels' farm-to-table restaurants.
Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio and Seamus Mullen will do the restaurants for 1 Hotels Central Park, Miami and Brooklyn, respectively. The announcement was brief, only mentioning that the chefs would "celebrate nature in both design and food" and that all restaurants would use local purveyors. Also, the restaurants will all be totally different from each other (as we would hope.)
It's just about time for Turkey Time! If you're scrambling for a last-minute recipe to impress your folks or your friends (or your hard-to-impress in-laws), then look no further. Some of America's hottest (literally) hotel chefs are here to save the day by giving us the recipes to some of their delicious Thanksgiving Day dishes.
We've compiled a full Thanksgiving dinner using these recipes--from appetizers to side dishes, dessert and of course, the bird (which you should get cooking ASAP with the recipe below.) All you have to do is follow the instructions and voila! A fine dining experience will be created in your home. Now, fingers crossed the markets still have all the ingredients you need.
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Our "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World" contest was a hit with the battle for the ultimate golden spoon fierce between eventual final winner Antonio Minichiello and runner up (by eight votes!) Executive Chef Chad Minton of the Shop at Andaz 5th Avenue.
We thought it fair to share a couple of the tattooed-one's gems with you, as he was a great sport about the whole competition--and quite frankly, his fan club was a passionate bunch, often (illegally!) voting quadruple times for the skateboarding, freestlyin' kitchen master who rides a fixed-gear bike to work every day.
So, we tossed him a few questions and were delighted with his answers. We hope the Minton Minions (ha!) will be, too.
HotelChatter: If you would have won the competition, who would you have called first?
Chef Chad Minton: Definitely someone at Ford Modeling.
HC: Have you ever been called a “Hot Chef” before? What does it mean to you?
CM: I have not and now that I am so hot, I need to take a page from another famously hot New Yorker, Spiderman. “With great power comes great responsibility”. This more true now than ever. I need to be aware of this. I pledge to only use my “hotness” for the good of mankind.
HC: Did you read the comments people said about you? What was your favorite?
CM: I can’t believe what an amazing response there was. I want to sincerely thank everyone that took the time to log on and vote for me. So many hilarious comments and creative user names. “I saw him carving the lamb at a halal truck with a katana.” and “Chef Chad is soo hot, they had to re-calibrate all the fire detectors in the kitchen.” Plus, a poster said, “one time he made me soup, for free!!!”. Those were all standouts for me.
HC: Ok, quell our curiosity...What does this nickname Chaddah mean?
CM: I have no idea! I think some people were just having fun with my name, but I've never been called that.
More on Chef Minton after the break!
Never say HotelChatter readers don't love a good competition. After a week's worth of voting on 50 chefs representing hotels from all over the world, hundreds of you then narrowed them down to five favorite finalists.
Counting these last 300-plus votes wasn't easy--many campaigned so hard for their heartthrobs, they voted multiple times (tsk! tsk!), so we had to double check our figures.
And you were checking figures, too!
First it was Antonio Minichiello, the Italian hottie hailing from Verandah at Las Vegas' Four Seasons Hotel.
Next was tattooed-skateboarder babe Chad Milton from "The Shop" at NYC's Andaz 5th Avenue, who's amassed a boatload of badass nicknames.
Playing with the big boys was magnífica Marcela Jongezoon Bosch from 6.8 Palopó Restaurant in Guatemala. Her piercing blue eyes hypnotized everyone.
How about Bruno Oakman of Minneapolis' Beacon Public House, who had readers fawn over his "good guy-next-door" profile.
And finally, the charming Francesco Ferretti of Trattoria Il Rosmarino. He impressed you with his culinary skill and love of his home country,Italy.
But only one person can be crowned "Hottest Hotel Chef In The World", and the winner is...
VOTING IS CLOSED AND THE WINNER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED HERE. Thanks to everyone for participating and giving us some hotties, er, hot dishes, to fantasize about!
Last week, we presented over 50 chefs from around the world, each of them burning in the best hotel kitchens (in a good way!) and managing to look good while presenting masterful dishes to discerning diners.
The competition was fierce and while we'd love to declare them all winners, after tallying your votes via email and our comments section, we've had to narrow it down to one finalist from the four regions (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).
These chefs have made it to the final round. Now the pressure cooker's on because we're asking you to pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world!.
Simply enter your choice in the comments by 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday. The winner will be announced on Thursday, which gives you enough time to make reservations at their restaurant for the weekend!
And the finalists are...
Attention, hotel geeks! This week, we're taking time to highlight the world's hottest hotel chefs. Why? It's simple. These folks deserve high praise for putting out fantastic food in a hotel setting, and not only do they work in steamy kitchens, many of them are pretty..well..steamy themselves!
So, following the footsteps of our previous "Hottest Hotel GM in the World" competition, we're searching for the ultimate "Hottest Hotel Chef in the World".
Here's how it works: each day, we'll present a selection of cute chefs for you to admire (for their looks, skills--whichever your pleasure). Pick your favorite by voting in the comments at the bottom of the story. At the end of the week, votes will be tallied to have four finalists from each category (West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, and International).
We'll then narrow it down further and ask you to help us pick the single hottest hotel chef in the world.
Beware, our competitors are here to light your fire and you may have difficulty concentrating on work this week.
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Andy Murray may have lost his US Open trophy but he's still got the fighting spirit required for his new hotelier career -- he's only gone and nicked someone else's chef for his own hotel!
Darin Campbell, who is currently executive head chef at the Hotel du Vin - One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow, will start work at Murray's Cromlix House (the newest member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World) in January. The hotel won't open until April, but Campbell will be working on the menu for the restaurant to be run by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.