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Dec 1, 2021

Few things are more invigorating than an idea, an invention or re-invention, a spark of a concept that keeps you up at night – thinking, a problem solved or a new way of looking at something that has been staring you in the eye for quite some time. The creative process begins with curiosity, curiosity leads to...


Nov 17, 2021

Set the stage for building competence and confidence – this is one of the most important outcomes of a culinary education. Create experiences that take a student outside of his or her comfort zone and in doing so help that person realize they can do what may seem impossible – this is the role of education. Create...


Nov 3, 2021

Dishwasher to Club Chef, working for Charlie Palmer and David Burke, to Executive Chef for all food operations at Syracuse University – a chef’s progression is always remarkable to follow. “It doesn’t get any better than this – creating beautiful, delicious food that impacts other people’s lives –...


Oct 20, 2021

From baking cookies with his grandmother to becoming a Subway sandwich artist and on to chef/owner of Soigne Hospitality with a portfolio of nationally renowned restaurants and partnerships with Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller – Chef Gavin Kaysen is a true example of a person in pursuit of excellence. “From an...


Oct 6, 2021

Rainier cherries in mid-June, salmon from the Columbia River, morels, and boletes from deep in the Oregon forests, heirloom tomatoes brought to fruition in the July sun, perfect five-inch long Delicata squash for Eleven Madison in New York City (300 pounds each week), or beautiful wild asparagus flown in secretly from...