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FOOD LOVERS HONOR MARTHA STEWART AT THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION’S “CHEFS & CHAMPAGNE” EVENT

This weekend, we attended the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne event at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons. The James Beard Foundation has honored some of the greatest culinary icons of our time, including Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck, along with this year’s honoree, Martha Stewart. We asked two all-star media guests, Rome Neal, senior video producer at NYPOST.com and Ziggy Chau Neal, writer for Spired.com to come as our guests to the celebrity chef event. Watch our video below for a peek into the foodie fête.


July 26, 2010

Power Meal: Rue La La Brings Chef Rene Ortiz to the Table

AN INTERVIEW WITH CHEF RENE ORTIZ

Chef Rene Ortiz

Rene Ortiz spent years traveling the world, cultivating his skills, and learning new techniques in the kitchen. Now he comes home to take part in the the James Beard Foundation, which brings foodies face-to-face with their favorite chefs and one-of-a-kind dining opportunities. We sat down with Chef Ortiz himself to get the scoop on what goes on in his kitchen.

Rue La La: You spent some time in NYC and overseas. How has that had an impact on your cooking?
Chef Ortiz: My cooking is a fusion of everything that I’ve done, places I’ve traveled through, and the knowledge I’ve picked up from working with really, really wonderful people. My food is a different interpretation of what Mexican food is - it’s my interpretation and I think it’s a fresher approach. Some people may call it “fluffy,” and I like that word. It means quality ingredients and usually something you could get in Mexico City. It started in La Esquina, has progressed overtime, and people are actually copying what we are doing and it’s fun.
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July 6, 2010