Archive for November, 2014

Top Chef Delivers Modern Chinese Cuisine to the OC

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Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley Chung was exposed to the world of true cuisine at an early age by her grandmother, Liang Si Yi, former Director of The Red Cross in China. Emigrating to the U.S. at age 17, Shirley obtained a business degree as a prelude to embarking on a position in the family trade in the Silicon Valley. However, Shirley had other desires, and instead decided to follow her passion for food and enrolled in culinary school.

Trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, Shirley has worked and opened restaurants for Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy and Mario Batali. After she opened CarneVino as Chef de Cuisine for the Batali group, CarneVino earned multiple international awards for Best Steak House. She has appeared on Top Chef, and was the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres. China Poblano was nominated for a James Beard Award as the Best New Restaurant in 2011.

Shirley loves to travel, feeling she learns about local cultures through their regional foods. She draws inspiration from all the places she has visited and from the favors of her childhood memories. She is scheduled to open her first restaurant in a somewhat surprising place – Orange County, CA. “Restaurant Twenty Eight” will be her homage to “Modern Chinese” food, and is slated to open in December 2014.

Join us as we talk with Chef Shirley Chung about her sources of culinary inspiration and how this translates to her new Restaurant Twenty Eight in Orange County, California.

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The Wines of Chablis – with Domaine Laroche

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Located in northeast France, the Chablis region was annexed by the Dukes of Burgundy in the fifteenth century. While it is considered the northernmost extension of the Burgundy wine region, it is separated from the Côte d’Or by the Morvan hills. In fact, the town of Beaune located is more than 70 miles away. This makes Chablis relatively isolated from other winemaking regions. In fact, the southern vineyards of Champagne are actually its closest winemaking neighbor.

Before becoming part of Burgundy, Chablis was once considered part of Champagne, and the two regions share many climatic similarities. Chablis’ far northern location puts it at the extreme edge of sustainable viticulture – too much rain and a lower temperature produces wines quite high in acidity; too much heat produces wines that are flabby with too little acids. But, when the weather is right, the wines have gorgeous acidity and flinty flavors.

The history of Domaine Laroche began in 1850 and is closely related to the development of Chablis and its vineyards. At that time, there were neither legal delimitation of vineyards, nor growth classification. Laroche and other producers producers were simply heirs to the Cistercian monks.

Join us as we talk with Grégory Viennois, Wine and Vineyard Director
 at Domaine Laroche about the geography and terroir of the region, and what makes the wines of Chablis so special.

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