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Motivated to Achieve: How to navigate the Culinary World

 

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 Navigating the Culinary world and achieving success in today’s world can be both difficult and discouraging.  While the media’s focus has traditionally been on the top established Chefs in the city, the next generation of Chefs/Restaurateurs are quietly making a name for themselves and proving that it is still possible to gain success.
 
 
 Join us as we hear from Chefs Leah Cohen (Pig and Khao), "JJ" Johnson (The Cecil), and Jonah Miller (Huertas)  as they discuss the best tips and tricks to climb the ladder in the kitchen and the truths about owning your own restaurant. The panel will be moderated by Kelly Dobkin editor at Zagat.com.
 
Tuesday, June 14th
The Wythe Hotel
(80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY) 
 
Cocktails 6-7pm (cash bar)
Panel 7-8pm
 
Speaker Jonah Miller, Huertas
Born and raised in New York, Jonah Miller has always been drawn to the city’s wealth of great food. He began spending his summers working in some of New York’s greatest kitchens when he was 14, beginning with two seasons at Chanterelle and then moving on to Gramercy Tavern and ...





Born and raised in New York, Jonah Miller has always been drawn to the city’s wealth of great food. He began spending his summers working in some of New York’s greatest kitchens when he was 14, beginning with two seasons at Chanterelle and then moving on to Gramercy Tavern and Savoy, among others. Most recently, Jonah was part of the opening team at Danny Meyer’s Maialino, where he spent three years.
After leaving Maialino, Jonah returned to Spain, where he had spent a semester during his Food Studies and Restaurant Management B.S. program at NYU. That time in northern Spain provided the finishing touches to the vision behind Huertas.





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Speaker: Leah Cohen, Pig & Khao
Speaker Leah Cohen, Pig & Khao
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, Leah’s first position in a New York City kitchen was working for celebrated chef David Burke at Park Avenue Café. While at Park Avenue Café, Leah adapted David’s philosophy of utilizing the freshest seasonal ingredients and was ...

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY, Leah’s first position in a New York City kitchen was working for celebrated chef David Burke at Park Avenue Café. While at Park Avenue Café, Leah adapted David’s philosophy of utilizing the freshest seasonal ingredients and was encouraged to enroll in a Slow Food program based in Italy.  After studying the intricacies of Italy’s diverse culinary landscape, Leah stayed on for an additional year in Sicily at Michelin-stared restaurant, La Madia, to focus on a cuisine that blends the bold and fresh flavors of the Mediterranean.


 


Upon returning to New York, Leah refined her craft at Eleven Madison Park under the tutelage of Chef Daniel Humm.  Rising through the ranks from Garde Mangé to Chef de Partie, Leah was quickly promoted to a tourant between the fish and meat roasting stations. After working for a year at the four star restaurant, Leah traded in refined for rustic when she joined Anne Burrell at Centro Vinoteca in 2008.  While working under Chef Burrell, Leah truly explored her love of Italian cooking, and also landed a spot on BRAVO’s hit television series, “Top Chef.”  After a successful run on the show, and with national recognition, Leah returned to Centro Vinoteca as the restaurants Executive Chef, where she continued to explore her culinary creativity with an inventive Italian menu that attracted West Village locals and destination diners alike.


 


After a few years at Centro Vinoteca, Leah decided to take a sabbatical and spent a year traveling throughout Southeast Asia learning about her Asian heritage. One year later, Leah returned home to bring the bold flavors of Asian street food to New York, combining a culinary technique honed in New York’s top kitchens with the bold flavors found in the restaurants and food stalls of Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.  Leah’s cooking is innovative and strikingly authentic, and is on display daily at Pig & Khao restaurant on the lower east side of NYC.  Pig & Khao has been voted the Best Asian Restaurant in NYC by Zagat, and the Best SE Asian Restaurant in NYC by the Epoch Times.


 


Leah has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” “CBS This Morning” and “VH1’s Morning Buzz.”  She is a regular judge on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay,” and has been featured in Food & Wine, Saveur, Harper’s Bazaar and more. 

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Speaker: Kelly Dobkin (Moderator), Zagat.com
Speaker Kelly Dobkin (Moderator), Zagat.com
Kelly Dobkin is a NY-based restaurant writer who is currently Senior Editor at Zagat.com. Previously she worked at Eater NY and her work has also appeared on Business Insider, Reader's Digest, The Today Show, NY1, Huffington Post, BonAppetit.com, Time Out NY, CBS Local, and Metromix. Originally from the Detroit area, she attended ...


Kelly
 Dobkin is a NY-based restaurant writer who is currently Senior Editor at Zagat.com. Previously she worked at Eater NY and her work has also appeared on Business Insider, Reader's Digest, The Today Show, NY1, Huffington Post, BonAppetit.com, Time Out NY, CBS Local, and Metromix. Originally from the Detroit area, she attended the University of Michigan and later, NYC's International Culinary Center.

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When?

Tue, Jun. 14, 2016
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. US/Eastern

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Where?

Wythe Hotel- The Screening Room
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11249
United States