Rachel Klemek

 Published March 2010Visit Blackmarket Bakery’s Web site and you’ll swear you’ve hit an underground world of confectionery conspiracies—one where tiered cakes double as UFOs....

Chatting With Chef-Owner of Irenia Ryan Garlitos

How his grandmother’s Filipino cooking inspired his culinary career

Taco Maria’s Carlos Salgado Returns to His Culinary Roots

Carlos’ menus are full of those kinds of oblique references. They are allusions to home cooking as experienced by a first generation Mexican American in Southern California who in 2015 was voted one of America’s best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.

Jenny Ross

Published May 2010 

Azmin Ghahreman

As chef-owner of Sapphire Laguna, Azmin Ghahreman applies the same techniques and fresh-food standards in his San Juan Capistrano home kitchen as he does in his restaurant: “I won’t cut corners. I take ingredients seriously at home, too.” It’s a dining philosophy that he and wife Laura instill in their children—from left above, Rori, 7, Roan, 4, and Liam, 8—and one he takes to elementary schools. He teaches cooking and gardening classes at schools such as St. Anne’s in Laguna Niguel. “They prepare students for a lifetime of healthful eating,” Ghahreman says. “We have to teach our kids about the Earth. Once you teach them how to garden and cook, they can never go hungry.”

Steve Samson

Published February 2010

Ugo Allesina

Irvine's a little hard to call home when your old stamping grounds are the rural hills of Italy's Piedmont region. So when chef Ugo...

Marc Cohen

The man behind 230 Forest, Opah, and Watermarc carves out time to cook at home with his wife and kidsThere’s a promise chefs make...

Michael Jordan

 Published June 2010

Marc Cohen

 There’s a promise chefs make to themselves at least once in their careers: Cook what you know, and they will come. It’s a saying...