Tag Archives: Fresh Starts Culinary Academy

Ron Siegel Cooks by the Seasons

For Chef Ron Siegel, dedication to seasonal ingredients means being willing to change things up – and more than just four times a year. “In Northern California, we have probably 45 seasons in the year, not four,” Chef Ron told … Continue reading

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Gordon Drysdale Brings Fresh & Local Focus

Since his motto is FLOSS, one might guess dentistry as Gordon Drysdale’s profession. But guests at Fresh Starts Chef Events won’t forget his culinary skills or his creed: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal and Sustainable. Chef Gordon has maintained a role … Continue reading

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Chef Josh Silvers Offers Summer Feast

If summer means “living is easy” to you, your kindred spirit is Chef Josh Silvers of Jackson’s Bar & Oven in Santa Rosa. But his easygoing style belies the hard work that got him to his life as chef and restaurant … Continue reading

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Napa Food Writer Celebrates Local

As a devotee of seasonal and local food, award-winning food writer Janet Fletcher opened her recent evening at Fresh Starts Chef Events with a plate that made a statement about spring in Napa Valley. Her Flatbread with Whipped Feta, Radishes, … Continue reading

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Kitchen Gypsy Shares Vignettes, Recipes

After 16 cookbooks, PBS-TV Chef Joanne Weir says she had no desire to write another. But memories of her grandparents’ farm in the Massachusetts Berkshires and her family history (four generations of chefs) spurred her to create a book of … Continue reading

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Culinary Friends Make Mushroom Magic

A sell-out crowd at Fresh Starts Chef Events opened the New Year with good cheer: an “East meets West” menu presented by a band of culinary friends led by Chef John Ash, a Bay Area favorite. Sparkling wine and two … Continue reading

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Chef John Ash Dishes Up World of Cooking

What a treat to spend a few hours in the company of venerable chef, cookbook author and culinary educator John Ash! I saw him as he prepared a culinary “trip around the world” for guests at Fresh Starts Chef Events, … Continue reading

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