Chefs of Distinction

Chef Roy Yamaguchi, founder of Roy's Restaurants
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Food

Why It’s Not So Easy to Become a Celebrity Chef

The multitude of cooking shows on television makes it appear simple to gain celebrity status as a fun, serious, or colorful chef.   But there’s much more to it. Culinary schools abound with  tuition costs from moderately priced to very expensive.  Potential students believe the reputations of the college will open doors. Of […]

Credit L'Auberge Del Mar
California / Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / United States

New Menu at Kitchen 1540 Del Mar Making its Mark

Now a year after Kitchen 1540 restaurant’s Executive Chef, Scott Thomas Dolbee, debuted a new seasonal menu featuring American cuisine he describes as “playful, whimsical and modern,” the effort is a resounding success. This as the award-winning restaurant—a landmark inside the picturesque L’Auberge Del Mar hotel—continues to garner industry acclaim […]

Chef Daragh Matheson
California / Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / United States

Restaurant at Leoness – Hard Work (and a little luck) Pay Off

I sat on the patio of the Restaurant at Leoness with winery owner Mike Rennie on a sun-kissed spring afternoon. We were talking about Executive Chef Daragh Matheson. “He brings a very European style that is unique to wine country,” Mike replied when I asked him what Daragh brought to the table. […]

Gordon Ramsay Will You Edit My Book?
Chefs of Distinction / Writers' Tips

Gordon Ramsay Will You Edit My Book?

It’s official, I’m a workaholic. With that being said, you can imagine that I don’t have, or should I say, I don’t make much time to indulge in things like watching TV. With my busy work schedule, it isn’t at the top of my “to do” list. It’s usually late […]

Relaxing in Luxury on Exotic Little Palm Island
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Florida / Food / Hotels & Resorts / United States

Relaxing in Luxury on Exotic Little Palm Island

Tired of run-of-the-mill luxury vacation destinations? Looking for something extraordinary and exotic for that very special occasion? We have found a world-class tropical resort – in the United States – that will have you talking about your getaway for years to come. Here’s the story of Little Palm Island in […]

Executive Chef Tylun Pang of Ko restaurant at the Fairmont Kea Lani in Wailea Maui. ( image- Fairmont Kea Lani)
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Destinations / Hawaii / United States

Chef Profile: Fairmont Kea Lani Maui’s Executive Chef Tylun Pang

I’m sitting at Ko restaurant across from one of the most affable chefs I have ever met, enjoying his Maui plantation-inspired cuisine, and trying not to laugh at his quips with my mouth full. His friend at work “the Bumble Bee” ( he gives the people he likes nicknames), is […]

Chef Tsai watches Chef Morimoto dry the fish
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological / Food / Hawaii / United States

Celebrity Chefs Morimoto and Tsai Sizzle at Hawaiian Food Festival

Dueling long and sharp knives wielded by two Asian celebrity chefs cut through raw fish, as each chef proclaimed his country was the first in the world of culinary history. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and equally famous Chef Ming Tsai competed on stage in the 2nd Annual Hawaiian Food and […]

Chef R. Paul Hyman
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Chef R. Paul Hyman

One evening, our meal that Chef Hyman prepared at bin on the lake at Carillon Point near Seattle concluded with a fabulous and most unexpected Moulard Foie Gras from Oregon with fresh figs, wildflower honey, Marcona almonds and Medjool date jam on a brioche. Love at first bite.

Martin Yan
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Martin Yan

Martin Yan extends his hand in a warm handshake and places a lucky gold-foiled chocolate Chinese New Year coin into my hand in a greeting at the opening of Joy Restaurant in Indio, California. Yan tells many stories in Chinese and in English to the assembled diners’ delight.

Anthony Bourdain at U.C.L.A.
Chefs of Distinction / Chronological

Anthony Bourdain at U.C.L.A.

We enter Royce Hall, U.C.L.A. to recorded sounds of Television’s “Marquee Moon. It is a Rock ‘N Roll night.”

Anthony Bourdain strolls onto the bare stage, and the audience goes wild, as if Anthony were Mick Jagger. Bourdain is here to promote his latest book, Medium Raw, A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food at the People Who Cook.