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Featured Chef - April Bloomfield

Chef April Bloomfield

British-born chef April Bloomfield is one of the most innovative restaurateurs of her generation. She owns and operates four restaurants in New York City — The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, John Dory, and Salvation Taco.

The Spotted Pig, received a coveted Michelin star in the first Michelin Guide for New York City restaurants. In 2007, Food & Winemagazine named her one of the best new chefs of the year, securing her place among the city’s great chefs.

Born in Birmingham, England; studied at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies; had previously worked at Kensington PlaceBibendum, and River Café in London. Her past experiences also included time at Roscoff in Belfast, Ireland, and the legendary Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

Bloomfield’s first cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig, was published in April 2012.

Visit The Spotted Pig website.

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Let's be real

The American food system today has some pretty daunting issues. We’re saddled with a farming system that, on the whole, releases a massive amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (675 million metric tons annually at the most recent tally, to be exact), sucks nutrients from the soil, and leaches chemicals into the water table. And in regions with some of the richest farmland, historically speaking, you can’t buy a fresh vegetable for love or money — but you can get a two-liter bottle of potable sugar and an endless variety of nutritionally vacant foodstuff approximations at any corner store.

To that end, we find ourselves in the midst of a dietary and environmental crisis. We could ask, “How did we get here?”, but I’m not trying to answer that question. There are many possible culprits at whom we could point fingers, but what’s much, much more important is how we get ourselves out of this mess. Learn more!

Information provided by Aminta Martínez-Hermosilla, MS

Think Positively (Leadership)
TRUE NORTH

Is the guiding force that will help you identify your path to success by providing a strong foundation for all strategic decision-making.

Definition: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspire trust, it is maximizing both your current contribution and your ability to contribute in the future by establishing the trust that make it possible. Lead on!

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That will help you stay ahead of the game.

Education, intelligence, talent, and skill are important, but drive is critical. Remarkable Culinarians are driven by something deeper and more personal than just the desire to do a good job.

Lead On!
Behavioral Theories

Next in our series of Leadership Theories is Behavioral Theories. Developed in response to criticism of the Trait theories, these Behavioral theories of leadership are rooted in behaviorism and the belief that great leaders are not born, but made.

Focusing on the actions of leaders, these theories postulate that people can learn and develop the necessary skill sets of leadership through teaching and observation,

Information provided by Dr. Gary Brant.

For more information regarding the Situational Theories please visit Behavioral Leadership.

Being an effective leader is all about relationships!

It has been my observation, over the years, that many leaders rank low on empathy. They understand it intellectually, they just don’t pay enough attention, ask the right questions or comprehend that it is not just about what your colleagues think, but about how they feel. To be an effective leader you need to do more than just manage the bottom line and watch the numbers like a hawk. Obviously that may be necessary, but so is offering suggestions, being supportive, being a source of creative ideas, helping your people think through their roles and helping them make the best use of their time. In fact, that is precisely what the best leaders do.

Patrick J. McKenna

As you think about how you exhibit genuine empathy here are five questions for you to contemplate. For more information visit: patrickmckenna.com

Culinary Corner

Form the American Culinary Federation, your chance to create spectacular dishes and contribute with inspirational new ideas.

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Trends to Watch

Severe winter weather impeded restaurant traffic early in the year, but trends gradually improved in the months that followed. Still, operators have remained less than bullish on the direction of the economy and a slow recovery in consumer confidence.

Hungry for more? Visit Restaurant trends — The year in review

Plenty of health fads go like this: Flashy food gets a publicist, becomes famous overnight, and disappears forever. Then there are the legit healthy heroes—the less-hyped-yet-hard-working kind that go about quietly for years before finally getting their moment.

And let’s not forget the salad-bar staples that are forced into the spotlight when new research surfaces, highlighting yet another health benefit. Even the fittest bodies can have a hard time keeping up. Here are the ones you should get to know: Matcha, Sea Buckthorn, Beets, Maca.

Learn more by visiting: The New Health Foods: What to Eat Now

Meeting the Demand for Safe, Natural Products

Lately, while shopping at my local grocery store, I have noticed the increasing number of food products marketed as organic or preservative-free. More and more, consumers are demanding green labels and ingredient lists they can understand. Yet food safety — preventing food spoilage and contamination from microbial pathogens — must remain a top priority for food producers. The food safety industry faces many challenges if it is to transition away from the use of refined chemicals toward more label-friendly preservatives.

By Suzanne Osborne, PhD
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hail to the Kale!!

Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables, cancer fighters full of fiber and antioxidants. great addition to salads or you can bake it with a spritz of extra virgin-olive oil and sea salt for a crispy potato chip alternative.

Nutrition, Eat Better

Salt, Consuming the right amount, Most Americans consume more sodium than is good for their health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more!

8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination – PrimoHealthCoach

▪ Oils that have been used to deep fry battered foods will contaminate foods like French fries. Use separate oils, and ask the chef when dining out if the same oil is used for battered foods.

▪ Cutlery, utensils and potsand pans must be thoroughly cleaned before cooking gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination.

▪ Toasters and ovens that have been used for glutenous breads can contaminate gluten-free breads. At home try to keep two separate toasters.

▪ Grills and barbecues can easily cross-contaminate foods if not properly cleaned. Many sauces used to barbecue have gluten.

▪ Sifters used for both glutenous and gluten-free flours will cross-contaminate. At home if you use both types of flour, keep separate properly labeled sifters.

▪ Your mayonnaise, peanut butter jar, jams and jellies are easily contaminated when making sandwiches.

▪ Glutenous flours have a tendency to stay airborne for some time after use. Cooking in a kitchen shortly after preparing foods with glutenous flours is risky for the sensitive person. Because of this I find it very hard to believe that you can get a truly gluten-free pizza from a pizza restaurant that makes regular pizza as well.

▪ Any foods not prepared in a gluten-free facility, including your own home, runs the risk of getting cross-contaminated.

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Avocado oil; this silky fruit oil helps fight joint condition and promoted soft skin.

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