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March 2020 Featured Chef: David Zamudio

March 2020 Featured Chef: David Zamudio

At only 25 years of age, chef David Zamudio has managed to travel the world exercising his passion for cooking. David was raised in the eastern province of Venezuela, known as Estado de Oriente. At age 12 his parents divorced and after the divorce each of his parents had to start a new life which involved time and essentially starting from scratch. Through this time David spent a lot of it alone, and as a good man, he was always hungry. This led to him experimenting in the kitchen with simple things: pasta, eggs, sautéed vegetables, and pork chops. Eventually...

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February 2020 Featured Chef: Shimon Otsuka

February 2020 Featured Chef: Shimon Otsuka

Photo credit: Spencer Pernikoff @whiskeyandsoba Born and raised in the suburbs of Tokyo, Japan, food played a big roll in my life. Growing up, I was always in the kitchen making dinner with my father or baking with my mother. When I was in third grade, I received a cookbook and was constantly trying to recreate the recipes. Although the results varied, the science behind baking fascinated me. Coming home from school, I couldn’t wait to make bread for the next morning! Soon I began selling bagels to friends and neighbors, using my profits to buy cookbooks or pastry tools....

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January 2020 Featured Chef: Janelle Manning

January 2020 Featured Chef: Janelle Manning

Growing up in a very small town in northern British Columbia, Canada, baking and cooking have always been a big part of my family`s life. I was determined to do something with my life but at the time, I wasn't sure in what direction that would take me. Eventually at university, I decided to study child development and art therapy where one of my professors suggested I work in developmental research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. While in my fourth year of university I was scouted to become a model. It was then that I started my modeling career in...

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December 2019 Featured Chef: Priyam Chatterjee

December 2019 Featured Chef: Priyam Chatterjee

Priyam grew up in the cultural capital of the British raj India: “I come from the household of exceptional cooks holding on to recipes dating back to the early 19th century, my grandmother’s uncle ruled the 24 province of Bengal and food from that time, especially sweets, hold a very big significance in our family. My mother comes from the province of “noakhali” from Bangladesh and her cooking style and ethos are completely different and unique than the taste of the Calcutta cuisine style. As a child I was raised eating two distinctive cuisines at home. My mother cooked traditional Bengali...

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November 2019 Featured Chef: James Aptakin

November 2019 Featured Chef: James Aptakin

If there had been a Junior Master Chef Competition when James Aptakin was ten-years old, there is no question that he would have won the big prize. Baking shortbread and jam cookies at the age of eight and making complete dinners for family and friends by 5th grade, James was on his way to winning enough awards to last a lifetime, garnering his first Executive Chef position at 25 years of age. A small glimpse of his honors range from 1st Place as a local Iron Chef for the California tomato festival, 1st Place in the Food Network’s 2008 Big...

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