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I'm Peter Reinhart! Ask Me Anything! Monday, February 15, 2016 7:00-8:00 pm EST

To kick off our AMA feature, we have invited author, chef and master bread maker and host of Pizza Quest, Peter Reinhart, to be our first host! Peter will be in the Forum on Monday, February 15th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EST. If you are unable to be online during the live session, you can post your questions in the sticky post. Peter will answer those questions during the live session on February 15th. You can view Peter's answers to your questions as well as what happened during the live session in the session thread.

Ask Me Anything New Forum Feature

You will notice a new forum at the top of the main page called, "Ask Me Anything". This forum will be used for live one hour "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) sessions hosted by people who are knowledgeable in different areas pertaining to wood fired ovens. How it works:
- Each AMA will have a "sticky" thread where the community can post questions they would like answered during the live session. This will allow everyone to participate even if you can't be online for the live session. These questions will not be answered by the host until the live AMA; if you need an answer quickly, you should post it in the appropriate Forum area for the community to respond.
- Another thread will be posted for the live AMA. Registered users who are logged in during the live session can interact with the host by asking questions and receiving responses.
- The live thread will remain in the AMA forum to view after the session.

We hope you enjoy this new feature! Please let us know if there is a topic that you'd like to have as an AMA and we'll look for a host!

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  • Chef of the Year

    In today's local paper (Orange County Register) their 2013 Restaurant Awards recognized Chef Noah Blom as the O.C. Chef of the Year. Noteworthy, is that he went out on a limb and created a menu that is 100% cooked on either a wood-fired grill or his wood-fired oven. Here's the article:

    CHEF OF THE YEAR
    Noah Blom: Arc, Shuck Oyster Bar
    Noah Blom's rise to the top might seem swift, but this Orange County native hasn't taken any shortcuts. He simply got a head start by securing his first kitchen job at the age of 14 at The Ritz in Newport Beach. He eventually took his knives to New York and worked in the trenches with some of America's best chefs like Daniel Boulud and Laurent Tourondel. He helped the latter open 14 restaurants across the U.S.
    When he opened Shuck Oyster Bar in Costa Mesa last year at age 33, he gave Orange County residents exactly what we were missing before we even realized it: a no-nonsense, oyster bar with a profound appreciation for quality and simplicity. From a business perspective, it was a risky niche, a daring but ultimately brilliant move. And when he followed that with Arc, he took an even bigger risk and gave us what the entire country was craving: a groundbreaking, back-to-basics reprieve from modernist cuisine. By eschewing the avant-garde, he became the avant-garde. Everything at Arc is cooked over the wood-burning grill or in the wood-fueled oven. Even the simplest of tasks that other chefs take for granted, like boiling a pot of water, must be done using a live wood fire.
    Of course, it's never enough to simply be a rebel. This guy can cook. Using that wood-burning grill and an assortment of cast-iron pans, he transforms a half-dozen different mushrooms and a free-range egg into an epiphany. Employing the fiery hearth and a big spoonful of duck fat, he turns potatoes into a luxury good. The steaks, the tacos, the burger it all might sound familiar, but rest assured, nobody else is cooking food like this.
    And here's something more to look forward to: Blom has ordered a new, even larger wood-fired grill for Arc, one with a smoker built in. As soon as it arrives, which should be any day now, he'll be moving the existing grill to Shuck, where he plans to expand the menu to include wood-fired seafood and more.
    Arc, 3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. 949-500-5561

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    Re: Chef of the Year

    Impressive! It's hard enough to cook a full meal using fire, I can't imagine handling an entire restaurant menu.
    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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    • #3
      Re: Chef of the Year

      Thanks John! It looks like I need to set a date night with my wife.

      Chris

      Ok, now that I have the location mapped, Surfas is right next door and BTW, they have small bags of Caputo 00 for sale.
      Last edited by SCChris; 12-19-2013, 08:09 AM.

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