TSOGO Hotels, Chef “Benny”, South Africa


My memories around great food go all the way back to my childhood. My mother was Italian and a great cook , as were her mother and sisters.  I remember going to Mama’s on holidays and upon entering her house immediately smelling the enticing aromas coming from her kitchen.  The fragrance of fennel, the almost […]

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The River Cafe All Star Chef Reunion/Fundraiser for Chef Gerry Hayden


Most successful individuals, regardless of their profession, have had a start in humble beginnings.  And through hard work and attention to ever-improving opportunities, they make their mark.   When it comes to todays successful and well-known Chefs, one of those opportunity springboards came from their experience and good fortune at Buzzy O’Keeffe’s “River Cafe”. These […]

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James Beard Foundation Tribute to Charlie Trotter

Photo Credit to Ken Goodman In the food industry there are a number of Chefs/ Restaurateurs who elevate above the rest through the use of skill, hard work, creativity and love of their craft.   Chef Charlie Trotter, winner of nine James Beard Foundation Awards,  was one of these greats. Unfortunately, he passed away suddenly […]

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On The Road–NRA Show Chicago

Well, back from another year at this largest of all Restaurant Shows in the USA……The McCormick Center is so large it is next to impossible to actually talk to all the manufacturers, suppliers and operators there. However, I did manage to find some terrific companies who have great products. I usually arrive at the Center […]

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Just in case you haven’t had enough of “The Wedding”, and you missed this part,  here’s most of what they ate: pressed duck terrine with fruit chutney, roulade of goat’s cheese with caramelised walnuts, quails eggs with celery salt, bubble and squeak*** with confit shoulder of lamb, grain mustard and honey-glazed chipolatas and miniature Yorkshire […]

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In case you haven’t discovered the large variety of terrific Italian Wines available these days here is your chance to do so if you are in NYC on the 25th of October. Sponsored by VINITALY, the Ambassador Organization of the finest Italian Wines, there will be a celebration of this event at the newly opened 36,000 […]

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