Eric Baker Named Executive Chef of Max's Harvest

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Eric Baker
The French pretty much invented farm-to-table cuisine.

Or, well, they perfected the culinary techniques needed to maximize the foods produced on a seasonal basis.

Basically, it's the same thing.

Point being: It makes sense that a French-trained chef would be chosen to take the reigns at a restaurants that focuses on sourcing local, sustainable, seasonal products.

Parisian-trained Eric Baker -- who studied at the prestigious L'Ecole Ritz Escoffier and staged under Michael Roth at the Ritz Hotel -- has been appointed executive chef at Max's Harvest.

See Also: Lobster Bar Sea Grille Executive Chef Eric Baker Looking Forward to Proving Himself

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Butcher Block Grill's Josh Hedquist, "Our Food System Represents What's Wrong With America"

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In the past half century, the US has moved away from small scale family farms, where much of the population produced at least some of their own food, to massive agricultural corporations aimed at making as much money possible with the least amount of time and effort -- regardless, of the effects on the environment, economy, nutritional content, and even quality of the product.

Like many chefs these days the Butcher Block Grill's Josh Hedquist is over the modern food system.

The Italian-loving Minnesota-native is doing what he can to educate customers and spread his slow foods ethos to the South Florida food scene.

See Also: Butcher Block Grill: Hormone-Free Meat, Local Seafood in Boca Raton

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Six Tables in Boca Raton, Celebrating Its Tenth Anniversary, Offers Dinner Party Dining

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Why do you dine out? Is it the quality of the food, the desire for a night away from the kids? You're tired of yet another taco Tuesday at home? To celebrate a special occasion?

Whatever the reason, sometimes it's hard to get the full package at your local restaurant: Kids are throwing food at the table two booths down, you happen to be out at on a taco Tuesday at the new Mexican place, and the special occasion is ruined by lousy service and too much noise.

What you really need is a quiet, intimate space where the chef comes to your table, takes your order, offers a pairing wine, and makes your meal to order. There isn't any glitzy décor, thumping music, or provocative crowd -- but that's OK. You came out for a relaxing, indulgent evening out. And that's exactly what you'll get at Six Tables in Boca Raton.

Despite being nearly a decade old -- and with a dining room most likely no bigger than your own -- this established restaurant is still serving a private, dinner partyesque experience compliments of its charming décor, personalized service, and a made-to-order American-French prix-fixe menu that allows for intimate interaction with the chef and a quiet, romantic dining experience unlike any other.

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Steve Martorano Guest-Stars on Kris Jenner's New Talk Show Today

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Steve Martorano cooks for Kris Jenner.
Looks like Steve Martorano's making the talk-show circuit.

First, the muscular restaurateur and cook appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, making mozzarella for, and kibbutzing with, the late-night host.

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Lobster Bar Sea Grille Executive Chef Eric Baker Looking Forward to Proving Himself

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It's been nearly a year since the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group announced plans to open Lobster Bar Sea Grille in the thick of East Las Olas. The wait seems finally over.

The plan is to open July 30, according to Executive Chef Eric Baker.

He was named to the job earlier this month, and the restaurant's Facebook page has been abuzz with his resume; there's the Culinary school at L'Ecole Ritz Escoffier in 2003, a stage under Michael Roth at the Ritz Hotel, and some time with Jean-Georges Vongerichten at Restaurant Market in Paris.

He returned to the U.S. and found what was supposed to be a temporary position in Palm Beach at Café Boulud.

See also:
- Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille Sets a New Seafood Standard for Las Olas


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Three People to Know in South Florida's Culinary Scene, Part 3 - Caleb Holman

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Caleb Holman, executive chef of Kapow! Noodle Bar, has been into cooking ever since his lunch-lady mom would whip up great meals at home when not "bound by the government limitations on school foods." His grandma also worked in the restaurant biz, and these family ties instilled a love of cooking in Caleb.


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Three People to Know in South Florida's Culinary Scene, Part 2 - Anne E. Sallee

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For more on South Florida's food scene, check out New Times' Taste guide.

Although South Florida may be a late bloomer when it comes to a lot of trends, we do catch up eventually. And sometimes, as with our food scene, the evolution is exponential. The past year or so has seen the culinary scene evolve more rapidly than Honey Boo Boo's heartbeat on go-go juice. From food-truck politics to hot new eateries, there's a lot going on in our own backyard.

Helping to lead the way into this new era of edibles are more than a few groundbreakers in Broward and Palm Beach. To get some insight into what's happening locally, we spoke with Robb Muise, the man behind the newly formed Food Truck Alliance; Oakland Park Mayor Anne Sallee; and Kapow! Noodle Bar executive chef Caleb Holman.

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Three People to Know in South Florida's Culinary Scene, Part 1 - Robb Muise

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For more on South Florida's food scene, check out New Times' Taste guide.

Although South Florida may be a late bloomer when it comes to a lot of trends, we do catch up eventually. And sometimes, as with our food scene, the evolution is exponential. The past year or so has seen the culinary scene evolve more rapidly than Honey Boo Boo's heartbeat on go-go juice. From food-truck politics to hot new eateries, there's a lot going on in our own backyard.

Helping to lead the way into this new era of edibles are more than a few groundbreakers in Broward and Palm Beach. To get some insight into what's happening locally, we spoke with Robb Muise, the man behind the newly formed Food Truck Alliance; Oakland Park Mayor Anne Sallee; and Kapow! Noodle Bar executive chef Caleb Holman.

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BaconFest Florida 2013: Todd Fisher, Host of United States of Bacon Says You Can't Overdose on Bacon

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Is it possible to O.D. on bacon? Not according to the United States of Bacon host, chef Todd Fisher, whose job is to taste the pork product in all its magnificent incarnations, from one end of the country to the other. We're willing to bet most of this weekend's BaconFest attendees would agree with such a sentiment.

The festival, kicking off this weekend at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, will serve up all things bacon, from bacon milk shakes and bacon popcorn to Kevin Bacon himself. It's sold out, but for those who've already scored tickets to the pork-a-palooza, we spoke to Fisher for a little taste of what's to come.

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- Win a Pair of Tickets to Sold-Out BaconFest Florida
- BaconFest Announces Restaurant Lineup

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The Taste: Blogger Sarah Schiear is on Fire (Literally)

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Things started really heating up on The Taste, the new ABC cooking competition that has professional chefs and home cooks competing against each other in teams.

The first two episodes dragged in much the same way American Idol's audition pieces do. But, at least that show has singing -- good, great, and god-awful. During The Taste's trials, we only got choppily-edited sequences of celebrity mentors Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludo Lefebvre, and Brian Malarkey eating while the poor chefs await their fate in little chutes. Out of that prolonged (and sometimes painful) process, 16 chefs were chosen by the mentors to be on their teams, one of them being Clean Plate Charile alum turned New York City blogger Sara Schiear.

Read Also: The Taste Premieres Tonight: Local Blogger Sarah Schiear is a Contestant

The show has two rounds of competition, much like Top Chef.  The first
round has all the contestants cooking a dish that has to include bacon, eggs, and cheese. While the mentors rally around their teams the camera finds and follows the most beautiful/funny/aggressive of the chefs. Among the standouts are Lauren, a 23 year-old home chef that lives in a trailer; Diane, a gorgeous, bitchy chef on Bourdain's team, and Sarah, blogger and fire starter (we'll get to that in a minute). Favorite moment of the episode, by far? When Sarah tries to high five mentor Ludo and gets a big diss in return.


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