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Since 1983 chefs, winemakers and other foodservice professionals have gathered in Lyon, France for Sirha, the biennial international hospitality and foodservice conference that also encompasses two of the world’s most prestigious cooking competitions: the Bocuse d’Or and the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie, or World Pastry Cup. While these events — often referred to as the culinary Olympic Games — have been drawing chefs to Sirha for decades, this year will mark the debut of an event at the conference.[…] Continue Reading »

I recently attended the 2012 Milken Institute Global Conference. On the final day, amid high finance, the next frontier in health and education and a lunch speech from former President Bill Clinton, restaurateurs and chefs gathered to discuss where their industry is headed and the changing definition of “fine dining.”

Fine dining ain’t what it used to be.[…] Continue Reading »

I recently reached out to three Washington, D.C., pastry chefs, who had some traditional and creative ideas for a wedding cake that would be perfect for this Friday’s marriage between Prince William and Kate Middleton. I polled Restaurant SmartBrief readers to see which option was their favorite.

1789 Restaurant‘s pastry chef Mallory Staley took first place with her seven-tier cake, with white fondant with royal blue satin ribbon around each tier.[…] Continue Reading »