The Best Bites

Before Julia Child, food was somewhat of an afterthought here in the U.S. Frozen meals reigned before quality French fare and inventive homemade recipes. With Child’s birthday coming up this week, we couldn’t feel a sort of culinary nostalgia thanks to the woman who made food a matter of lifestyle not just necessity. That’s why it seemed like a great day to pay tribute to food icons we’ve interviewed, who continuously carry on Child’s mission…

Noma’s Claus Meyer has no doubt changed the landscape of food in Copenhagen, and Scandinavian cooking in general.

Jacques Pepin – an old friend of Child’s and her television co-host – spoke to us about all things culinary.

Andrew Carmellini – the restaurateur behind New York favorites like Locanda Verde, The Dutch and Bar Primi is no doubt making a serious stamp on New York dining.

Restaurateur Susan Feniger is known for her ingenuity and kindness inside and outside the kitchen.

There was a time when restaurateurs dedicated themselves to one restaurant, and one restaurant alone; it’s where you’d find them every night. Gotham Bar & Grill’s Alfred Portale is a great present-day example.

If you haven’t been to Zabar’s you haven’t been a New Yorker just yet. A guide from Eli Zabar himself.

Martha Stewart is no doubt the culinary legend of our time, read on.

Top Chef Masters Champion Marcus Samuelsson has redefined the Harlem food scene, and is no doubt the 21st century epitome of a celebrity chef.

With our background being Austrian, we can truly appreciate what Kurt Gutenbrunner does in terms of bringing the cuisine to the U.S. (Plus Cafe Sabarsky is one of our favorite restaurants)

We couldn’t leave out Jonathan Waxman a.k.a. the culinary Obi-Wan Kenobi, who heads up our favorite restaurant in the city – Barbuto.

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