Search Listings

Browse Listings

ADVERTISEMENT

Chef Power: The Culinary Talent Behind Taste of the Nation Palm Beach

Kerry Shorr

We surveyed some of South Florida's hottest chefs involved with Taste of the Nation to get their take on the culinary scene.

Lindsay Autry, Executive Chef Lindsay Autry (Co-Chair)

Chef/Consultant, Lindsay Autry Inc.

Residence: West Palm Beach

Your biggest kitchen disaster: I was cooking at Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival and about twenty vultures descended on my station and stole all of the pork ribs that I was cooking.

Best part about being a chef: The ability to learn something new everyday.

Every chef has a vice. What’s yours: TJ Maxx.

One thing we should know about you: I am a horrible singer.

Summer travel plans: Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks with my family.

If you could fly anywhere for the day, where would you go: Mexico (or anywhere) for a good taco.

Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: I have been involved with Share Our Strength for five years and believe strongly in their mission. It is a tangible goal that can be achieved with enough awareness and chefs can truly make a difference and give back to their community.

Your dish: Chicken Confit & Seminole Rice “Salad”.

Photo by Alissa Dragun

 

Chris DeGweck  Executive Chef, Bistro Ten Zero One at West Palm Beach MarriottChris DeGweck

Executive Chef, Bistro Ten Zero One at West Palm Beach Marriott

Residence: Delray Beach         

Your biggest kitchen disaster: Cooking dinner for Mr. Marriott. 20 minutes before service, the rack with all the prep flipped over and hit the ground.

Most underrated item in the kitchen: Dry hand towel.

Most overrated dining trends or foods: Flat breads, in general.

If you weren’t a chef: Professional skydiver.

What you do to relax: Free dive.

Summer travel plans: St. Thomas.

Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: To give back to the community.

Your dish: Local smoked pork tacos, house hot sauce, and garden cabbage.

 

Bruce Feingold  Executive Chef & Partner, DADABruce Feingold

Executive Chef & Partner, DADA

Residence: Delray Beach

Most underrated item in the kitchen: The tourne knife. It’s easy to use and fits in your hand perfectly.

Most overrated dining trends or foods: Foams.

Your trademark as a chef: Bacon. I use a lot of it and butter.

One thing we should know about you: I love Halloween. I act like a kid and love dressing up.

What you do to relax: I enjoy watching movies or going to Legoland with our son.

Biggest luxury: I am kind of a luxury hotel snob.

Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: I care about people and it's time we all took a step back and see how fortunate we are and give back to those who are not. This is why Amanda and I started our own charity, Healthy Bellies, with the Delray Achievement Center.

Your dish: Nutella Crème Caramel.

 

Isaac Cerny - Pistache - West Palm Beach

Isaac Cerny

Chef de Cuisine, Pistache

Where you live: Jupiter

Biggest kitchen disaster: At Café Boulud, I was responsible for the soup du jour. I was making cucumber soup and added too much vinegar. It turned brown. Daniel Boulud was in town that day and was less than impressed.

Most underrated item in the kitchen: A sharp vegetable peeler.

If you weren’t a chef: A high-performance auto mechanic.

One thing we should know about you: I enjoy photography. Capturing a beautiful moment is a huge inspiration.

If you could fly anywhere for the day, where would you go: Japan. Amazing cuisine and I’m sure I would come back with a lot of culinary inspirations.

Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: Being a father now, I realize more than ever just how important this organization is. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to not be able to feed my daughter.

Your dish: Assorted housemade charcuterie and accoutrements.

 

Roy Villacrusis - Aah Loi Thai & SushiRoy Villacrusis

Asiatic Cuisine Chef, Aah Loi Thai & Sushi

Where you live: Palm Beach Gardens

Your biggest kitchen disaster: A guest requested a red Ferrari cake that ended up Flamingo pink. Best part is that it happened to be his favorite color!

Most underrated item in the kitchen: Thermometers.

Most overrated dining trends or foods: I think all trends are cool. When they’re put into the hands of inexperienced cooks, they become undesirable.

Your trademark as a chef: Taking a different route in my culinary career gives me an edge. I call my style, Asiatic Cuisine. It’s my personal interpretation of Asian cooking, influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and culture.

Every chef has a vice. What’s yours: Traveling and eating out.

One thing we should know about you: I’m left-handed but use my right hand for all knife work.

Why you’re participating in Taste of the Nation Palm Beach: If we help anyone, it should be our kids. Growing up, I had a taste of poverty and having to figure out where the next meal would come from. Kids shouldn’t have that to think about that.

Your dish: Asian BBQ Salad or sushi.

 

For more, check out Page 3

Follow Me on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest

 

Event Calendar

November 2014
Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thr
Fri
Sat
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6