The Dishrag Newsletter
Issue 197
March 1, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE
1. The 2010 StarChefs.com Los Angeles-San Diego Rising Stars
2. LA-San Diego Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay in Southern California
3. Number Crunching: Take the 2009 Salary Survey
4. Plan Your Trip to Rising Stars with the Fairmont Hotel Travel Special
5. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010
6. Announcing the New Photo Gallery Design from StarChefs.com
7. Featured Cookbook: The Dessert Architect by Robert Wemischner
8. Top 10 Jobs from the StarChefs.com JobFinder
9. Featured Chef to Know: Neal Fraser of Grace - Los Angeles, CA
10. Recipe for Monk's Cherry from Mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir - San Francisco, CA
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 1. The 2010 StarChefs.com Los Angeles-San Diego Rising Stars
Introducing a group of amazing young chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, and restaurateurs from the City of Angels!
http://www.starchefs.com/chefs/rising_stars/2010/los-angeles-san-diego/index.shtml



 2. LA-San Diego Travel Guide: Where to Eat, Drink, and Stay in Southern California
Find yourself in Southern California? Here's the StarChefs.com guide to eating, drinking, and living well in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County.
http://www.starchefs.com/features/travel/los-angeles-san-diego/html/index.shtml
 3. Number Crunching: Take the 2009 Salary Survey
Calling all restaurant professionals: take the 2009 StarChefs.com Salary Survey to be entered for a chance to win tickets to the 2010 StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress.
http://www.starchefs.com/features/editors_dish/salary_survey/2009/html/index.shtml
 4. Plan Your Trip to Rising Stars with the Fairmont Hotel Travel Special
For attendees of the StarChefs.com Los Angeles-San Diego Rising Stars Gala, the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows is pleased to offer a room rate of $229/night valid over the event dates of March 16 - 19, 2010. Based on availability.
http://www.starchefs.com/chefs/rising_stars/2010/los-angeles-san-diego/travel_offer.shtml
 5. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2010
Over 110 restaurants in New York's Hudson Valley are offering prix fixe lunch and dinner specials from March 15 - 28th.
http://www.starchefs.com/events/hudson-valley-restaurant-week-2010/
 6. Announcing the New Photo Gallery Design from StarChefs.com
Check out our new photo gallery pages and see the StarChefs.com photos in a whole new way.
http://www.starchefs.com/cook/photo-gallery

 7. Featured Cookbook: The Dessert Architect by Robert Wemischner
The Dessert Architect
Robert Wemischner
Delmar, Cengage Learning
2010

Self described "peripatetic pastry chef" Robert Wemischner has worn many hats in his career: itinerant food writer, gourmet retailer, and instructor in baking and pastry at LA Trade Tech for over 18 years. And with regular contributions to Food Arts and Pastry Art and Design, Wemischner rounds out his profile as one of the more prolific and generous pastry experts in the country. For those who can't reach his classrooms in Los Angeles comes The Dessert Architect, the crystallization of Wemischner's extensive knowledge and deeply held respect for the ingredients, techniques, and compositional beauty of the pastry arts. The pastry chef, says Wemischner, "is a composer and conductor, creator and presenter," who must have both knowledge of and control over the elements of his craft. In his new book, Wemischner breaks down those elements with meticulous care, from the basic components of flavor and palate development to elaborate plating guidelines. Thoughtful questions, instructive recipe guidelines, and comments from chefs around the country make the book an invaluable resource to the cook or pastry chef looking to strengthen his or her ownership of the craft.
 8. Top 10 Jobs from the StarChefs.com JobFinder
Cooks, Bakers, Pastry Chef, Chef de Partie
Spend Summer on Nantucket with Two Award-Wining Chefs
Straight Wharf Restaurant
Massachusetts
http://www.starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261960&positionid=

Chef/Sous Chef
Fantastic opportunity to work in the north woods!
Burntside Lodge
Minnesota
Http://www.starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261940&positionid=

Pastry Chef
Executive Pastry Chef for a Renowned Southern Maine Restaurant
Maine
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261900&positionid=

Sous Chef
Miles of beaches and culinary experiences to explore!
Scout MVY Mgmt., LLC
Massachusetts
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261880&positionid=

Chef de Partie Tournant
Rounds Cook in Exciting San Francisco Restaurant
Chez Papa Resto
California
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261860&positionid=

Executive Pastry Chef
Blue Fin Seeks Experienced Executive Pastry Chef
B.R. Guest Restaurants
New York
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261181&positionid=

Sous Chef Tournant
Cook in the Land of Chocolate
Hershey Hotel & Resorts
Pennsylvania
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261820&positionid=

Executive Chef
Dynamic Executive Chef Wanted
Hilton Daytona Beach Resort
Florida
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261800&positionid=

Pastry Chef
Are Your Desserts Modern and yet able to do the Classics?
The Argyle
Texas, Louisiana
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261780&positionid=

Waitstaff / Server / Sommelier
Front of House Positions in Paradise
The Brasserie
Cayman Islands
http://starchefsjobfinder.com/js-jobinfo.php?s=-1&t=j&v=261760&positionid=
 9. Featured Chef to Know: Neal Fraser of Grace - Los Angeles, CA
Grace
7360 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-4400
www.gracerestaurant.com

RESTAURANT FACTS
Seats: 90 Weeknight Covers: 60 Weekend Covers: 125 Tasting Menu: Yes $70-$85; $115-$130 with wine Kitchen Staff: 9

CHEF FACTS
Chef/Owner
Cuisine: New American
Born: 1969
Began Career: 1992
Culinary School: The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Grad Year: 1992
Stages: Los Angeles, CA: Checker's Hotel; New York, NY: Park Avenue Café
Work History: Los Angeles, CA: Pinto Bistro, Spago, Rox, Boxer, Rix, Grace
Mentor(s): Octavio Becerra, Thomas Keller, David Burke
Awards: 2004 StarChefs.com Rising Star Chef Los Angeles
Affiliations: CIA, SOS, James Beard House, Dirona, Cystic Fibrosis, American Heart Association, Club Culinaire, Outstanding in the Field, Slow Food
Languages Spoken: Some Spanish

Notable Dishes: Dungeness Crab Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette; Skate with Cauliflower and Raisin-Caper Emulsion

FAST FACTS
Restaurant Recs: Yai for duck with chili and garlic
Kitchen Tool(s): Fish spatula, Vita-Mix, Japanese blender
Interview Question: I don't have a specific question that I like to ask. I just want to hire people that want to grow
Flavor Combo(s): Nettles, sunchokes, raisins and capers; ramps, corn, and morel mushrooms; cauliflower and ras al hanout
Fave Cookbook(s): On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee; Simple Cuisine: The Easy, New Approach to Four-Star Cooking by Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Chef to Cook for You: Fredy Girardet. He was the one chef on the top level who's food I have never tasted
Culinary Travel: Australia for the great produce, great chefs, and great wine. I really want to eat at Tetsuya.
 10. Recipe for Monk's Cherry from Mixologist H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir - San Francisco, CA
Monk's Cherry
H. Josheph Ehrmann of Elixir - San Francisco, CA
Adapted by StarChefs.com
February 2010

Yield: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS

4 Bing cherries
1 bar spoon lavender petals
1 ounce Bulleit bourbon
½ ounce Green chartreuse
1 bourbon-infused cherry
1 stem lavender


METHOD

In a mixing glass, muddle the cherries with the lavender. Add the bourbon and chartreuse and stir. Pour contents into a cocktail coupe. Garnish the rim with bourbon cherry with a piece of lavender stuck into it to look like a stem.
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