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Thursday, October 15, 2015

10/12/2015 - The Diary of Ken Frank

To begin our show, Sally brings a sneak preview of her recent trip to Chile to launch Food From Chile, where she was honored to meet President Michelle Bachelet.  Stay tuned for more on Chile and it's amazing food and wine scene! 

We are delighted to welcome back our friend, Chef Ken Frank of La Toque at the Westin Verasa in Napa to share his latest travels including Expo Milano.  Here he cooked for the James Beard American Restaurant which was housed in the exquisite Duomo.

Ken also brings us back to real living in many of the cultures he has visited - France, Holland, Italy, and more. 

Acclaimed Chef Ken Frank is entirely self-taught and brings a distinctive, personalized touch to his contemporary French cuisine at La Toque restaurant in Napa, California. Chef Frank’s love of French cuisine began when his family moved from California to Yvoire, France, where he remained to begin his culinary career. After returning to California and refining his skills, Chef Frank first achieved national acclaim at age 21 at La Guillotine in Los Angeles. In 1979, he opened the first La Toque on the Sunset Strip.  After a 14-year run, Chef Frank sold the restaurant and in 1995 opened the award-winning Fenix at the Argyle. In 1998, the second incarnation of La Toque made its debut in Rutherford, California at The Rancho Caymus Inn. La Toque was awarded a Michelin Star in 2007, the first year the organization published a San Francisco Bay Area guide, and which it still retains today. In 2008, Chef Frank moved the restaurant to The Westin Verasa Napa. For years Chef Frank hosted the James Beard Foundation’s Legends of Wine celebration, honoring such wine luminaries as Robert Mondavi, Christian Moueix (Chateau P├ętrus and Dominus), and the Barrett Family (Chateau Montelena) with his cooking. La Toque has continued to be well-received by the nation’s top critics and reviewers. In 2008, La Toque earned a three-star review from the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2014, La Toque received Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, the highest honor for a restaurant’s wine list.

Ken's Devilled Eggs as Expo Milano

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