CIA grad. Top Chef winner. And today? This 35-year-old runs prestigious kitchens at EMM Group’s CATCH NYC, CATCH Miami, and The General in Manhattan.

On top of managing his many successes, the executive chef met with Rue for a quick cooking class. Here, watch him in action. Then, prepare your palate. You’re about to cook (and eat) like an expert.

Braised Beef with Chinese Broccoli

Chinese Braised Short Rib

5 pounds bone-in short ribs
1 large onion, diced
3 medium carrots, diced
1 bottle Cabernet red wine
1 cup tomato paste
6 thyme branches
4 bay leaves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1 quart water
2 tablespoons black pepper
6 pieces star anise
1 stick cinnamon
8 cloves garlic
1 cup scallions, sliced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 cup vegetable oil

Pat-dry the short rib and season with salt and pepper. Get the pan medium hot, add vegetable oil, and sear the beef on all four sides to caramelize. Set beef aside, add in the onion, carrot, and garlic, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the wine, water, and short ribs. Add the brown sugar and soy sauce and bake in a 350°F oven for about 2 hours.

After 2 hours, wrap all the herbs and spices in a piece of cheesecloth and add to the short ribs. Let that cook for another hour and a half. When the meat is tender, remove the pan from oven. Set aside meat. Strain out the juice, reserve the vegetables, and let the liquid reduce to a light sauce consistency. Once the sauce is at the correct consistency, pour over the meat.

Chinese Broccoli

1 pound Chinese or regular broccoli

Bring a pot filled with about 2 inches of water to a boil. Add your steamer basket with broccoli florets. Cover and steam until slightly tender.

Our Sunday Supper: Hosted by Chef Hung Huynh Boutique opens Sunday, September 8, at 11AM ET.

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September 8, 2013
It’s not every day a celebrated professional chef not only shares, but demonstrates how to cook one of his favorite summer dishes. But today is that day. Here, Chef Sam Talbot lets us in on his recipe for Grilled Scallops with Summer Kale Chimichurri. And we’re positive you’ll love it – Chef Talbot was voted a Top Chef fan favorite, after all.

Check out this video for a dish-prep how-to (starring Chef Talbot, of course).

Now that you know how to prepare it, click on the recipe cards below – they’re both downloadable and printable – to bring your own summer feast to life.

Grilled Scallops



Our Sunday Supper: Hosted by Chef Sam Talbot Boutique opens Sunday, July 14, at 11AM ET.

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July 14, 2013

Kuhn Rikon 3pc Decorative Cutlery Set. That friend who just took a lifechanging cooking class? She’ll know exactly what to do with these pretty little tools.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.

December 17, 2012


It really doesn’t get better than a well-rounded roll call of friends and family. I mean, who wants to surround themselves with the same person all the time? (Not this girl.)

Gifting such a wide array of loved ones, however, isn’t always easy… which is exactly where Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop comes in.

Clockwise, from left – here’s a little something to get those gifty juices flowing.

1. For the Top-Chef-in-Training. And, rejoice! – supervision (slash fire extinguisher) not necessary.

2. For the Girl on the Go (who always loses her phone). As soon as she recovers from the shock typically brought on by stylishly smart presents like this one, your friend will never put this delicious leather wristlet down.

3. For the Jingling-Jangling Jewelry Fiend. This ferocious bangle? It’s a seamless addition to any well-curated bracelet stack.

4. For the Budding Oenophile. This opener has any wine bottle uncorked in an instant – which, I’m guessing, is how an oenophile likes it.

5. For the Not-Always-on-Time Friend. Sure, she gets a to-die-for watch. Your gift, though? No longer having to fib about start times (“8:00? No, it starts at 7:50…”) in the name of her prompt arrival.

6. For the Guy with the New Fitness Regimen. Help him keep those (slowly loosening) pants securely in place.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 10, 2012


Authentic Foods of Italy

A culinary tour through Italy is all about the senses – the tastes (first and foremost), the smells, the scenery. And of course, the people who make it all so delicious. Chef Tony Mantuano (maybe you recall him as one of the most revered and beloved contestants of Top Chef Masters) hosts the tour with his wife and culinary partner, Cathy. The expedition departs Rome and journeys through Molise, giving guests “insight into a little-known region’s food, wine, and history.” We sat down with Chef Mantuano for his take on all things Italian.

Rue La La: The itinerary takes Members through several villages and home-style restaurants. What’s your one favorite meal?
Chef Mantuano: The specialty of the region is called Pampanella – delicious and unforgettable. [Editor’s note: Pampanella is a pork dish, marinated overnight with garlic and ground sweet pepper.]
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January 26, 2011