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April 2.2015 – Celeb Chef Buzz, Part 3

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♦  Gussied up wood-fired grills are now finding their way into commercial kitchens, so says ProChef SmartBrief, citing notable chef Dan Barber as among those now using these famed Grillworks cookers, favored for their innovative design governing heat levels and fat run off, t o grill of course but also for baking and broiling. Add Tom Colicchio, Jose Andres and Sean Brock too to this club.  Grillworks

 “Chopped” champ Phillip Dell goes up a notch or two on the challenge scale as a competitor this Sunday on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” which host Alton Brown ensures that time after time more than lives up to its name. Catch it at 10p e, 9p c, on April 5.  Phillip Dell

 Meanwhile, Alton Brown has just a few more dates on his tour, Oklahoma City today, San Antonio tomorrow, Houston on the 4th.  Alton Brown

 Busy guy! Charlie Palmer who already has places on both coasts and in between, is opening, count ‘em, three restaurants in the legendary Knickerbocker Hotel in NYC. Charlie Palmer at The Knick for fine dining, St Cloud for “the ultimate rooftop bar,” and Jake@TheKnick for a “cultured coffee shop and cafe” experience.  Charlie Palmer

   Well in the case of these cookbooks, the books themselves are pretty much the celebs. Bauman Rare Books at the Palazzo in Las Vegas is staging an extraordinary exhibit featuring “FINE FOOD & DRINK, a Collection of Rare and Unusual Cookbooks, Wine and Cocktail First Editions and Bartender Guides.” Among the highlights: the first Jewish cookbook published in America, Prohibition-era bartender guides and works on wine appreciation and grape cultivation. plus first editions from Julia Child, Neiman Marcus, and the “Wine Press and Cellar.” Free, open to the public, through April 12.  Bauman

 Some biggies and up and comers will be recognized at the Augie Awards, a creation of The Culinary Institute of America to recognize the success and achievements of the best and brightest, which this year will “celebrate women chefs and restaurateurs.” The annual Leadership Awards dinner on April 30 at the American Museum of Natural History will put the spotlight on the 2015 honorees—which include Elena Arzak, Lidia Bastianich, Dominique Crenn, Anne-Sophie Pic, and Nancy Silverton — along with 600 food and foodservice leaders.  CIA

♦  In Las Vegas on May 21?A foodie must-go is the Epicurean Affair poolside at The Palazzo®, sponsored by the Nevada Restaurant Association, featuring many notable restaurants from around the city, along with a premier selection of libations, and hosted by celeb chef José Andrés. From 7p to 10p, tix start at $100, VIP includes an Andres meet & greet. Palazzo

 Did you know? If you have a diner, drive-in or dive you think is worthy of the show of the same name, you can suggest it on Guy Fieri’s site. On any page, just scroll down to the link at bottom right. Guy Fieri


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