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Category Archives: Chefs Spotlight

Building on the Southwest Theme

Chef Jesus Olivares

The morning crew at Via Reál restaurant nervously awaits the chef’s arrival. When he walks in the door, they inform him that there is nothing available for the daily special. But within minutes, Chef Jesus Olivares  combs the walk-in cooler, the pantry and his seasoning rack to find a handful of ingredients that...
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Hunting and Cooking with Jesse

When he swaps his chef’s hat for a skull cap and moves with ease through the mesquite scrub of the south Texas chaparral, Jesse Griffiths could easily be mistaken for a professional hunting guide. On this day, he instructs his companions on the favored hiding spots of the...
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Epicurean World Master Chef Society Team Takes Olympic Silver

The 15-member Texas-regional Epicurean World Masters Chef Society (EWMCS) team once again competed for an Olympic medal in the 28th Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) in Ehart, Germany. Over 1000 participants from 55 countries entered the 2016 quadrennial event recognized as the worldwide culinary Olympics. Led by team captain Chef Patrick Mitchell of Ben E. Keith Foods,...
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At Home in the Spotlight

by John Lightle Houston is Justin Yu’s hometown, but now, in the Bayou City’s emerging warehouse district, he has another new home. Chef Justin and his staff at Oxheart offer diners what has been described as a progressive menu, including a sting ten courses long. Justin began his career under the mentorship of Ryan Pera at the...
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