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NYC chef shares her restaurant plans for Kinderhook

It’s not easy to take the city girl out of the city — but NYC chef Hannah Wong is doing quite well in her new Hudson Valley home of Kinderhook in Columbia County.

Wong relocated in July to be the executive chef of a trio of food concepts in the Kinderhook Knitting Mill, a 19th century knitting factory turned culinary oasis. Under Wong’s direction is a daytime coffee, tea, and lunch spot, Morningbird, which began serving lunch last week; a cocktail lounge called The Nest slated to open in spring 2022; along with a new Indo-Dutch restaurant, the Aviary.… Read More

The ‘stir-fried life’ of top chef Ken Hom

There is a running joke throughout “My Stir-Fried Life,” the breezy and entertaining autobiography of Ken Hom, a widely known advocate of Chinese cookery through some 36 books, TV documentaries, personalized kitchenware and more.

Now 72, with a bald dome and folds of wrinkles resembling a Shar-Pei puppy, Hom bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dalai Lama — and is often mistaken for him in airports.. And, just like that great Asian sage, this caterer to kings and celebrities is preparing for his own demise by divesting himself of his worldly goods — in his case the proceeds of culinary

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Elephant East to Open this Fall in the Harwood District; Meet the Chef

An adventurous new pan-Asian concept is landing in the Harwood District. Elephant East will open its doors later this fall and will be spearheaded by chef Thomas Griffin.

Hailing from Cape Cod, Griffin spent years working as a chef in Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington. After chats with Harwood International director of operations Stan Rodrigues, he moved to Dallas last year where he was Dolce Riviera’s executive chef.


“Opportunity arose in Dallas and I wanted to jump out,” Griffin says. “I knew I wanted to come out toward the west. I believe in the food scene out

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My Five Favorite Meals with Chef Jordan Trent Harris

Jordan Trent Harris is a Michelin Man.

As executive sous chef at Sushi Ginza Onodera in Tokyo and New York, working alongside legendary master sushi chef Masaki Saito, he was a key part of the team that earned two Michelin stars. He also got a star as the chef de cuisine for New York’s acclaimed Aldea, the venerable Portuguese restaurant that closed at the beginning of the pandemic.

Born in Kentucky, which is a long way physically and psychically from Tokyo where he learned the magic arts of sushi and Japanese cuisine, Jordan has come full circle from his Southern

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