Season Like a Chef

Use coarse salt when seasoning with just salt and pepper. Coarse salt is better for seasoning by hand because it’s easier to see and you can feel the grains pass through your fingers.

Summer in Spain Part 1

After three years of cooking in Manhattan I was done. Burned out by seventy to eighty hour work weeks, the World Trade Center disaster and a relationship destroyed by tragedy. Not really knowing what to do, I just went home, quickly finding a job at a small local restaurant in the Santa Maria valley After…

1999 in New York City

My first year cooking in New York City was one of the hardest years of my life. In three years I went from literally playing hockey on Foxen Canyon Road in Sisquoc with a flattened soda can, to riding on the the subway to the Upper East Side of Manhattan for work at one of…