Once again I had the privilege to interview one of America’s Top Chefs and ask questions you don’t normally see in everyday interviews like “What advice you would give home cooks to take our cooking to the next level?” My most recent Novice2Pro chef interview was with Chef Marc Vetri, a local Philly guy who happens to be one of Food & Wine’s Ten Best Chefs and runs two of the most successful restaurants in Philadelphia, Vetri and Osteria.
The Celebrity Chef Tour
I was given the opportunity to interview Marc by the folks marketing The Celebrity Chef Tour, an organization that showcases the talents of James Beard Award Winners by presenting them throughout the country to prepare award winning dinners to raise money to benefit the James Beard Foundation. For those of you who don’t much about the James Beard Foundation, its mission is to “celebrate, preserve and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence.”
Chef Vetri will be the Celebrity Chef this Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the City Club of Washington Columbia Square in Washington, DC. The event takes place at 7P.M. and costs $195.00 per person. You can contact them for more information at 720-201-1853.
The event menu will include Homemade Porchetta with Tuna Sauce, Sweet Onion Crepe with Parmesan Sauce, Homemade Rigatoni with Duck Sausage and Mustard Greens and Veal Breast Braised in Milk with Soft Polenta. The dessert will be Chocolate Polenta Souffle with Vanilla Gelato. Sounds like a great night.
More About Marc Vetri
You may remember a blog I posted back in November on Marc’s new cookbook, Il Viaggio di Veri, A Culinary Journey. It is a beautiful cookbook with incredible photography, wonderful stories about Marc’s experiences in Italy and 125 of his most requested recipes from his restaurants. I have not been this excited about a cookbook for a long time.
Chef Vetri and his partners are also involved in a charity that is near and dear to my heart, Alex’s Lemonade Foundation. It is called The Great Chefs Event where Marc invites a bunch of his chef friends from all over the country to come to Philadelphia with staff to prepare tastings for those of us attending the event.
This year I am proud to be a sponsor and will be bringing a bunch of my friends to attend with me. Here is the list of Chef Vetri’s chef friends who will be there this year:
- Kiong Bahn, Twenty Manning, Philadelphia
- Dan Barber & Josh Lawlor, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, New York
- Franklin Becker, Abe & Arthur’s, New York
- John Besh, Restaurant August/Besh Steak/Luke/La Provence, New Orleans
- Chris Bianco, Pizzeria Bianco, Pane Bianco, Bar Bianco, Phoenix
- Tom Colicchio, Host of Top Chef, Craft Restaurants
- Bobby Flay, Food Network Star, Mesa Grill Restaurants
- Clark Fraiser & Mark Gaier, Arrows/MC Perkins Cove/SummerWinter, Ogunquit, Maine
- Neil Fraser, Grace, Los Angeles
- Katsuya Fukushima, ThinkFoodGroup, Washington D.C.
- Jose Garces, Amada/Tinto/Chilango/Distrito, Philadelphia
- Suzanne Goin, Lucques/A.O.C., Los Angeles
- Paul Kahan, Blackbird/Avec, Chicago
- Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Bobby Stuckey, Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, Colorado
- Joseph Manzare, Zuppa/Globe/Tres Agaves/Pescheria, San Francisco
- Masaharu Morimoto, Food Network Star, Morimoto, Philadelphia
- Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Philadelphia
- Emilio Mignucci, DiBruno Bros., Philadelphia
- Luke Palladino, Ombra, Philadelphia opening Summer 2009
- Eric Ripert & Jennifer Carol, 10 Arts, Philadelphia
- Marco Rossi, Osteria Le Cantine D, Bergamo, Italy
- Bryan Sikora, Talula’s Table Restaurant, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
- Michael Solomonov, Zahav, Philadelphia
- Brad Spence, Vetri, Philadelphia
- Daniel Stern, Gayle/ Rae Restaurant, Philadelphia
- Michael Symon, Lola-Lolita, Cleveland/ Roast, Detriot
- Sue Torres, Suenos, New York
- Marc Vetri, Vetri/Osteria, Philadelphia
- Rocco Whalen, Fahrenheit Restaurant, Cleveland
Tickets are expensive. I think they are $250 a piece, but it is for an incredible cause, finding a cure to childhood cancer.
If you want to learn more about the event, I recommend you go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand where you can read Alex’s story and learn how to order tickets.