American Culinary Federation Names Professional Chef Members’ Top 5 Favorite Culinary Books, Which Include CULINARY ARTISTRY and THE FLAVOR BIBLE

“So well deserved @KarenAndAndrew!”
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The American Culinary Federation (ACF) is the largest professional organization for chefs and cooks in North America, with more than 15,000 members in more than 150 chapters across the United States.  In an ACF survey of its members via Facebook, chefs were asked to name their favorite book that relates to the culinary world.  Just before Christmas 2019, it was announced that CULINARY ARTISTRY and THE FLAVOR BIBLE were both in the Top 5, at the #2 and #4 spots, respectively.

We’re enormously pleased to find them in the good company of beloved classics like Larousse Gastronomique, On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, and The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller.

The ACF was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. Since our inception, little has changed in our principal goals. We are an organization based on promoting the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

In 1976, ACF made history within the culinary profession by elevating the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles.

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American Culinary Federation (ACF) is located at 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095. (904) 824-4468

Chef Jae Jung Wows A NYC Audience With A “Harmony of the 8 Provinces” Menu Showcasing Korean Cuisine’s Pleasures

Top Right: Karen Page, Chef Jae Jung, and Andrew Dornenburg, at a December 10th dinner hosted by the Korean Cultural Center at Glasshouse Chelsea in New York City

It’s always a pleasure to taste the work of a rising star chef with great talent. It makes us excited about the future of cuisine.

And that’s exactly what happened last night when the Korean Cultural Center of New York hosted Chef Jae Jung to create a menu around the Eight Provinces of both North Korea and South Korea.

Chef Jae moved to New York City in 2009 to attend the Culinary Institute of America, and has since cooked at such stellar restaurants as Le Bernardin and Cafe Boulud, where she rose to the position of sous chef.

Middle Left: Poached Korean pears are torched for a heavenly dessert combining them with omija and honey, omija and rosemary granita, soy-caramelized walnuts, and whipped creme fraiche; Bottom Right: Cured and charred Spanish mackerel was brushed with coriander oil and served with a spicy fresh cilantro salad

So it’s hardly a surprise that she’s developed an expert palate, and mastered technique and seasoning.  However, the extraordinary banquet that she was able to prepare last night for dozens of guests out of an event space without a full working kitchen was nothing short of amazing.

Be prepared to hear more about Chef Jae Jung — and her very special touch with balancing the acidity and heat of Korean seasoning — in the years ahead.

Read more about Chef Jae Jung on CBS News and in Food & Wine and other publications.

Dirt Candy Chef Amanda Cohen Creates A Visionary, World-Class, “Plant-Powered” Burger Joint: Lekka Burger

Chef Amanda Cohen with Andrew Dornenburg at the new Lekka Burger in TriBeCa

“Eating at Dirt Candy can be like going to a child’s birthday party in a country where all the children love vegetables….[Chef Amanda] Cohen is not adapting the vegetarian cuisine of some other culture.  She is inventing her own.”
–The New York Times

“Lekka Burger, which Cohen is opening with Andrea Kerzner, a South African-born humanitarian (who comes from a known hospitality family) focused on reducing the meat industry’s impact on climate change, hopes to rewrite the veggie burger narrative.”

We’ve fallen madly in love…with Chef Amanda Cohen‘s brand-new vegan burger spot Lekka Burger at 81 Warren in TriBeCa, just a 5-minute walk from the Brooklyn Bridge subway stop.

Our hearts are a-flutter over the carrot soft-serve (made with oat milk and a hint of coconut fat, it’s beautifully accented by perfectly-toasted nuts and brownie crumbles), the broccolini Caesar, the “Messy Fries,” and of course the world-class signature “Lekka Burger,” a plant-based burger made with beans, mushrooms, and oils.

There is a bar plus a full wine, beer, and cocktail menu, too, so keep it in mind for evening outings with friends as well as Saturday lunches with the family.

There’s been talk of Cohen opening multiple locations with partner Andrea Kerzner throughout New York City in the years ahead, so we’re putting forth our request for a Lekka Burger in Murray Hill now!

Lekka Burger is at 81 Warren Street (between Greenwich St. and West Broadway) in Manhattan.  646.678.5367.

“The Next Food Network Star” Winner Tregaye Fraser Credits CULINARY ARTISTRY With Changing Her Life

“[CULINARY ARTISTRY] really changed my life because it made me see food in a different way.”
–Tregaye Fraser, winner of “The Next Food Network Star”

Tregaye Fraser, winner of “The Next Food Network Star” Season 12, was interviewed by Lancaster Online about her culinary influences this month, where she credited our book CULINARY ARTISTRY with making her see food in a different way.

“It really changed my life,” she told staff writer Mary Ellen Wright, in conjunction with her visit to the Taste! Lancaster festival.

The 35-year-old chef is an alum of Le Cordon Bleu and hails from Atlanta, where she lives with her husband and two sons.  Her website is

Citymeals on Wheels’ 33rd Annual Power Lunch for Women Raises $1.1 Million+

2019 Citymeals on Wheels Power Lunch for Women

Top left: Karen Page with Dana Ivey; Middle left: Table 1; Middle right: Emcee Jane Krakowski; Bottom middle: David Rockwell; Bottom right: Betty Rollin with Karen Page

2019 Citymeals on Wheels Power Lunch for Women

Top left: Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg, Lauren Vernon; Top right: Lauren Vernon, Karen Page, Barbara Lazaroff; Middle: Liz Neumark; Bottom left: Karen Page, Lauren Vernon, Mariebelle Lieberman, Barbara Lazaroff

Emceed by actress Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Citymeals on Wheels’ 33rd Annual Power Lunch for Women at New York City’s Plaza Hotel gathered more than 300 of the city’s most powerful women on Tuesday, raising more than $1.1 million to fund 160,000 meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers.

Honorees included Grace, Chloe and Wendi Murdoch, Studio Museum in Harlem’s Thelma Golden, and architect/designer David Rockwell.

Samantha Boardman, Margo Nederlander and Lizzie Tisch co-chaired the event, where notable guests included attorney Harriet Cohen, Rotisserie Georgette owner Georgette Farkas, Citymeals founder Gael Greene, actress Dana Ivey, restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff, TV host Sandra Lee, chocolatier Mariebelle Lieberman, attorney Julie Menin, author Karen Page, author Betty Rollin, TV anchor Rosanna Scotto, philanthropist Lauren Vernon, and actress Ali Wentworth.

Citymeals on Wheels is headed by executive director Beth Shapiro.  One hundred percent of every Citymeals donation goes toward the preparation of meals for the homebound elderly.  To donate, visit

“Love Never Ends”

“Love never ends.”
–1 Corinthians 13:8

Today, we posted on Instagram and Facebook:

Our hearts are joyful that in a spirit of reaffirmation and recommitment, we were married — again! — in a private church ceremony yesterday, on the heels of a challenging year. For months, we’d been struggling to rebuild our relationship, one day at a time. On social media, we’d share our happier moments while suffering the agonizing ones privately. Turning to God, individually and together, we’ve discovered renewed faith, hope, and love. “No one has ever seen God. But as long as we love one another, God will live in us and his love will be complete in us.” (John 4:12)

Within minutes, we were enormously touched by the expressions of love and congratulations that ensued.

While acknowledging its difficulties (“To love someone is not for the faint of heart,” commented one chef on Facebook), everyone still seems to be rooting for love to triumph.

We are, too.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

“Love never ends.”

–I Corinthians 13:4-8

The Inn at Little Washington Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary at George Washington’s Mount Vernon By Honoring 40 of “America’s Culinary Pioneers”

Our readers are well acquainted with our love of the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia, which we have been writing about as our single favorite property in America for more than half of the years it’s been in existence.

This we know as it was announced that the Inn is celebrating its landmark 40th anniversary this year — including with a once-in-a-lifetime dinner on Saturday, June 16th, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

If you haven’t been in the loop about the festivities, you can read about them at

And as we were honored to be invited to be a part of this weekend’s celebration, you can also keep an eye on our social media feed at,, and for all the latest.

The Inn at Little Washington is located in Washington, Virginia, just 1 hour and 15 minutes outside Washington, DC.