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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Student Throwdown! Culinary Clash hits Luce this Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Clash of the Culinary Titans, the finalists: Jessica Lee (CCA), Brennan Price (CCA), Juliet Fine (Ai), and Maree Garcia (Ai). - CONNIE PEREZ-WONG
  • Connie Perez-Wong
  • Clash of the Culinary Titans, the finalists: Jessica Lee (CCA), Brennan Price (CCA), Juliet Fine (Ai), and Maree Garcia (Ai).

May the best student-chef bag fame and (scholarship) fortune! That's the premise of an upcoming Culinary Clash happening this weekend at the Michelin-starred Luce at the Intercontinental SF. Local culinary students The Art Institute of California - San Francisco (Ai), and the California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu (CCA) will compete for a top prize in a series of Sunday dinners in collaboration with Chef Daniel Corey. Sunday's dinner is the creation of Maree Garcia, an Ai student: pan seared scallops with broccoli puree and vegetable salad; braised pork shoulder with chilies, poached egg and crispy Brussels sprouts; and a sweet ending of pear sorbet with lemon tuile.

See also: NBC TV Casting: Home Cooks, Step Up (And Tighten Your Apron Strings!)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Town Cutler's Galen Garretson Keeps S.F. Chefs and Foodies Sharp

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

SYLVIE BOLAND
  • Sylvie Boland

Galen Garretson wasn't always your neighborhood knife sharpener. Before he opened Town Cutler on Bush, where he offers a sharp edge for your most important set of kitchen tools, he was just another Bay Area chef. But, growing tired of cooking up delicious meals at fabulous SF kitchens-- such as Quince-- he decided his next move would be to fill a void in the world of chefs.

"I saw lots of kids buying really nice expensive knives online," Garretson told SFoodie. Impressed that people were willing to spend thousands of bucks on equipment which they hadn't ever had the opportunity to handle, he decided to open a specialty retail shop, giving the city chef a chance to feel just how light-weight a Takeda Knife was before spending a whole pay-check.

"At first, Town Cutler was going to be entirely tool driven," Garretson explains, but as opening day approached, he realized that, due to demand, he was going to have to sharpen too.

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