Earlier this week, COOK announced the launch of its COOK Masters Program, an intensive series that will provide intensive training to deserving culinary students and amateur chefs looking to launch a real-deal culinary career. We caught up with program mastermind Audrey Claire Taichman, who’s always a great interview, to get some more info on this new-to-Philly concept.
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COOK’s day-to-day mission is celebrating Philly’s “masters of food and drink.” So what was the motivation for establishing the COOK Masters Program, tailored to the industry’s next generation?
It was very simple — we just wanted to give back. There are so many people out there who want to make food a career, but sometimes they simply can’t afford culinary school or have any number of other barriers. We wanted to build a program that gave an opportunity to those who really wanted it, not just those who could afford it. There is a wealth of talented chefs in this town and it’s important that they help foster the next generation of chefs.
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On Sunday September 23, 2012, COOK hosted Cheu Noodle Bar‘s 4th and possibly its final pop up. Ben Puchowitz of Cheu Noodle Bar & Matyson BYOB are about 3-4 months out from opening their highly anticipated noodle bar located somewhere in the Midtown Village area. This was the first pop up that COOK has hosted and it was quite the success! Hopefully there will be more pop ups offered at COOK in the future!
With Cheu Noodle Bar’s opening day menu planned out, 32 people in 2 seatings were treated to a sneak peek.
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Last Thursday, COOK was honored to host its second Visiting Chef Series class, this time with Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, and Executive Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe. The evening was everything we hoped it to be (and more!) and before we say anything else, we want to personally thank Danny and Carmen for coming down to Philadelphia, for an incredible meal, for sharing words of wisdom gained from an extraordinary career, and for an evening that all in attendance will never forget. Continue reading →
Today, September 6, marks the one-year anniversary of COOK opening in Philadelphia. We recently sat down with Audrey Claire Taichman, who owns and operates the space along with her restaurants Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill, to get her thoughts on her unique collaborative kitchen’s introduction into the local food scene, the relationships she’s formed with chefs and guests alike and her exciting plans for COOK’s future.
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It’s finally Friday folks! It’s time to pack your bags for one last weekend at the beach.
And whoever is staying in town this weekend should have an interesting time thanks to Jay-Z’s big shpiel on the park way.
This time Solo brought with him his partner Steve Cook and Zahav’s sous chef Yehuda Sichel to help him out. Solo’s preferred cooking apparatus at Zahav is his charcoal grill, but because we at COOK don’t have one built in, he decided to bring a portable charcoal grill with him. The results are foie gras on forks grilled over an open flame inside the class room!
Let me tell you about a magical place, way up in the mountains of upstate New York where the trees are evergreen, cows are forever happy, Belgian beer flows like water and baseball memorabilia is in every possible direction you look! My friends, I’m talking about Cooperstown NY.
Friend of COOK, Hahri, and I got invited to Cooperstown to participate in the annual Ommegang Brewery Festival. OBF is a two-day extravaganza where some of the best breweries in America showcase their beers and make sure you are pretty much hammered for 48 hours straight. A huge draw of the weekend’s festivities was the “Hop Chef” final competition where local boy and Philly Mag “Best Chef” George Sabatino was competing for the title against three other chefs from that won “Hop Chef” competitions in Maryland, D.C. and NY.
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For as long as I remember I was always a “night crawler” or “vampire”, asleep through the day and awake at night. Whether I was watching reruns on television of my favorite cooking shows or wandering around the streets of Tel Aviv with my friends, I could just never go to bed before 2am. Believe me I tried, but I’m just not a morning person and if it was up to me, my day would not start before noon and would end in the wee hours of the night. But it’s only when I met Zack Engel, Chef of Federal Donuts that I understood I have it easy! Zack is a true night owl and not a “wannabe” like me. To make all the delicious fried chicken and mind-blowing donuts you can get at Federal Donuts as early as 7am (chicken at 11:45am) Zack arrives at work at midnight almost on a daily basis. And about twice a week he does it all by his lonesome! One night owl to another, Zack invited me to join him for his graveyard shift at FedNuts (as we call it at COOK) to see how it’s done and to keep him company so he could stop talking to himself for one night. Continue reading →
Thank you to all attendees of last night’s Patron Party for the 2012 Audi FEASTIVAL! And before we tell you more about FEASTIVAL, a big shout-out to Bridget Gray, the maven of all things FEASTIVAL. We couldn’t do it without you!
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MAZAL TOV to Brauhaus Schmitz and Chef Jeremy Nolen for the grand opening of the much anticipated Brauer Bund room!
Leading up to last night’s grand opening party for friends and family, Jeremy and his crew worked day and night for days to make sure everything was spotless. Since I was fortunate to get a sneak peek before the opening, I managed to arrive while preparations were in full swing! If you like what you see, Jeremy informed me he will be making the delicious pig roast featured here for his “Oktoberfest in August”
class at COOK August 1st. A few tickets are still available so hurry up and grab a seat!
The gang from COOK was so happy to have been included in the “by invitation only” event on Friday night at the newly opened Le Bec Fin.
The glamorous and elegant interior has been painstakingly renovated and here are some of our fave shots from the night.
We know the new Le Bec will be a huge hit – and we wish our friends there all the success in the world!
Vive Le Bec Fin!!