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Uchi, Houston, TX (Asian)

By Tony Lagana / December 16, 2021

Considered one of the few American sushi “masters,” Tyson Cole is passionate about the Japanese tradition. He began training in Austin in his early twenties and then moved to Tokyo and New York to train under two different sushi masters before opening the original Uchi in Austin in 2003. Cole was awarded the James Beard…

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Chinois on Main, Santa Monica, CA (Asian)

By Tony Lagana / June 3, 2021

Chef Wolfgang Puck is one of the most well-known chefs in the world. With his multiple restaurants,  cookbooks, signature products, and cooking shows, he has appeared numerous times on television and in printed materials. Chinois on Main opened in 1983 and boldly introduced Asian fusion to the United  States, combining fresh California ingredients with Asian…

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Atomix, New York, NY (Asian)

By Nadja Jauregui / May 20, 2021

Chef Junghyun Park was raised in Seoul wherefrom his middle school years, he dreamed of being a chef.  While there he attended Kyung Hee University to study culinary science. After graduation, Chef Park moved to London, then Australia, to hone his culinary skills before returning to Seoul to serve as chef de cuisine at Jungsik.…

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global cuisine

The New Fusion – Experimental Global Cuisine on the Rise

By Dawn Ferchak / March 25, 2021

Fusion 2021 There can be no doubt about it – global flavors are trending in 2021. Driven largely by Millennial and Gen Z’s interest in new flavors and global influences, chefs are creating a global cuisine that marries different cultural techniques and ingredients in dishes that burst with flavor. And it’s not just Asian fusion.…

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vegetable soup

Soup’s On

By Tony Lagana / February 9, 2021

Top Soups Chicken soup, the all-American comfort food, doesn’t mean only chicken noodle. With ethnic cuisine being a huge influence in our society, this includes soups such as chicken tortilla (Latin) and Asian chicken noodle soups as top sellers. For example, Booyah, popular in the Midwest, is a thick chicken and vegetable soup made in…

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