Jackie Shen, executive chef of the Pan-Asian restaurant Red Light in Chicago, was recognized today as a Chicago magazine 2008 Chicagoan of the Year. Shen's philanthropic and fund-raising efforts in the city include LaRabida Children's Hospital, Esperanza Community Services and the local animal pound. Click here here for the accompanying article on Shen, and watch the video here.
America's most talented sushi chefs are being sought to compete for cash, prizes and prestige in SushiMasters, presented by the California Rice Commission, the premier competition and culinary celebration entering its fourth year. Qualified professional chefs that are selected will square off live on stage in professionally judged regional competitions, kicking off this April in Washington, D.C. A second competition will be held in Miami, and the final regional is being planned for a major California city in late spring. Victorious chefs will compete in the SushiMasters Finals in Los Angeles this fall.
Chefs will compete in two categories: the Morikomi plate and Signature Roll. Overall winners will take home the 2009 SushiMaster Best of Show honors for their region and will earn spots to the finals competition. Chefs participating in the finals will compete for up to $5,000 in award money, trophies and the opportunity to showcase their restaurants and winning entries.
Seattle's Salish Lodge & Spa welcomed captain Sig Hansen in from the popular Discovery Channel reality television series "Deadliest Catch" to host an Alaska king crab dinner as part of the award-winning culinary program, the Culinary Adventure Series, in December 2008. Salish Lodge & Spa was the first restaurant to partner with Captain Sig Hansen to serve Alaskan king crab caught on the fishing vessel Northwestern, according to the lodge. Justin Sledge, executive chef of Salish Lodge & Spa developed recipes featuring Alaska king crab to incorporate into the menus at Salish Lodge & Spa's restaurants. (l to r) Edgar Hansen, from "Deadliest Catch;" Justin Sledge, executive chef, Salish Lodge & Spa; captain Sig Hansen, from "Deadliest Catch"0
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