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Keeping the tradition going

THE KING is dead, long live the king. The popular phrase has been used to symbolize continuity; that in an institution like a monarchy, while the head may die, the show goes on.

Spanish chef Adria to reopen famed elBulli, but he won’t be...

MADRID — Spanish celebrity chef Ferran Adria is to reopen his once world-famous elBulli venture next year — but not serving food.

A place of her own

WE ALL long for a space where we can truly be ourselves. White as the uniform chef Jessie Sincioco often wears, her new building, at a cozy five stories, looms above the streets of a residential area near Makati’s City Hall.

Alain Ducasse: ‘Cuisine must respect the Earth and also people’

SEVERAL French chefs have gone down in history as the best: there’s Escoffier, and then there’s Careme; and many others besides. But these men were the best for personifying the cooking styles of their day: the excesses of the Belle Epoque are firmly stamped with Escoffier’s name, while the French Empire lives on with Careme’s. Alain Ducasse, the French superstar chef who currently has the most Michelin stars (21 at our last count; Joel Robuchon had 31) for his restaurants, will go down in our age perhaps, for understanding the Zeitgeist that has gripped our world, from lifestyle to climate change.

Exciting Enderun auction raises funds for Tuloy Foundation scholars

EXCITEMENT filled the Enderun Tent as the live auction of the Harvest of Hope fundraising dinner began. The sale’s tempo started off at a stately pace, with auctioneers setting bid increments at P10,000. By the end of the run, guests were furiously bidding for “72 Hours in the World of Alain Ducasse,” with each paddle raise corresponding to a price increase of P100,000.

The synergy of four hands

SYNERGY means quite simply, the “creation of a whole, greater than the sum of its parts.” We witnessed synergy on Nov. 13 in The Peninsula’s Old Manila when two budding masters, Allan Briones and Jordy Navarra, joined forces for a memorable preview of a dinner called “A Fourtaste of Things to Come” set for Nov. 28.

It takes a day and a half to make this roast...

FOR EVERY bite of chef Billy Cheong’s roasted goose, you’re tasting about a century’s worth of history and the labor of a day and a half.

Recreating heroes’ favorite dishes for a special menu

WHO WANTS to try Dr. Jose Rizal’s “most favorite” dish, bistek? Or perhaps, taste Melchora Aquino’s tinolang manok na tagalog?

‘Chef of the century’ Joel Robuchon, 73

PARIS — The multi-starred French chef Joel Robuchon, who died on Monday aged 73, will be honored with a public ceremony next week near his hometown in central France, a spokeswoman for his family told AFP on Tuesday.

Let them eat potatoes! Robuchon’s recipe for the perfect potato mash

PARIS — Mashed potatoes were to Joel Robuchon, the star French chef who died on Monday at 73, what a madeleine sponge cake dunked in tea was to novelist Marcel Proust: a powerful, sensuous reminder of his youth.

The art of plating a dish and taking its picture

A CREATIVELY plated dish, like a live performance, may be considered a temporal art — it is gone upon consumption. Nowadays, as live performances are documented for posterity, a dish is made permanent through photography.

Celebrity chef, food critic Anthony Bourdain dead at 61: CNN

New York -- Celebrity chef and food critic Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide, according to the television network CNN for which he took viewers...

Dropout to Michelin stars: The rise of chef Chan in Taiwan

TAIPEI — Ken Chan has come a long way since he started out wheeling a trolley in a dim sum restaurant, becoming the first chef in his adopted home of Taiwan to win three Michelin stars.

The art of steak

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter THE JAPANESE have a habit of taking something foreign and improving upon it, resulting in a product sometimes far superior...

Chef Batali investigated as #MeToo spotlight returns

NEW YORK — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault dating back to 2005, police said on Monday, as...

New cooking show pits east vs west

CELEBRITY CHEF: East vs West, an original series created by FOX Networks Group Asia documenting a fiery culinary competition between Hong Kong superstar Nicholas...

Always going beyond

By Mark Louis F. Ferrolino, Special Features Writer The best tips in running a business do not always come from top executives; sometimes, they are heard...

Finding salvation in a bowl of ramen

By Joseph L. Garcia, Reporter SALVATION FROM the woes of the world can be found in a bowl of noodles. Each country has its own...

Batali leaves food empire over sex misconduct allegations

NEW YORK -- Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his eponymous gastronomic empire Monday, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct over...

Extreme dining in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — A van spirits 10 guests to a secret location in Shanghai, where they enter a nondescript industrial building as Richard Strauss’s theme...

Mooncakes from heaven: Hong Kong’s sweet obsession

HONG KONG – It is one of Hong Kong’s most treasured food traditions: the buying, giving, and eating of mooncakes to mark mid-autumn festival,...

Applying Japan’s kodawari to a European restaurant

WHILE THE Japanese have made many contributions to world cuisine, few people realize the intangible contribution of kodawari, the Japanese concept of the relentless...

Talking to Gene Gonzales about closing Café Ysabel

A GENERATION had grown up, married, and started either families or companies since the doors of Café Ysabel first opened in the 1980s. Marriages,...

Top chefs launch global culinary award with a sustainable twist

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN — Some of the world’s top chefs launched a new global culinary prize on Monday aimed at rewarding cooks who use...

Globe Platinum plans change focus, debut chef ambassador

ALONG WITH the relaunch of Globe Platinum’s premium lifestyle mobile phone plans comes its new ambassador, chef JP Anglo. Mr. Anglo, aside from opening a...

Watching Burnt, the new Bradley Cooper movie, with a Michelin-starred chef

By Tejal Rao, Bloomberg CHEFS don’t have time to pop out and see a movie in the middle of the day, Don Draper-style, but Elise...