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Spike Mendelsohn on Marketing & Why Rents Should Be Lower

Ever since Spike Mendelsohn appeared on the fourth season of Top Chef in 2008, he’s been raking in win after win. But long before he became a popular food media personality, he was spending his childhood days among the French bistros of Montreal and Paris, learning all about the business of restaurants and hospitality from his parents. Today, he and his family own several popular Washington D.C. spots — Good Stuff Eatery, Béarnaise and We, The Pizza.

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Lidia Bastianich on the Secrets to Running a Great Restaurant

Emmy award-winning TV host, best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich is no stranger to the food business. From working at a bakery in Queens, New York when she was just 14, to flipping pizzas on the Upper West Side after high school, to opening her first restaurant, Buonavia, in 1971, this hardworking entrepreneur has the kind of sweeping hands-on hospitality experience (and success) that makes her an uncontested expert in the field.

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Insider’s Guide: Roberth Sundell’s Top 10 Bay-Area Spots

Looking for the scoop on where to eat and drink in the Bay Area? Get an insider’s take on top spots from Roberth Sundell. The acclaimed Swedish-born chef runs Plaj, the only restaurant in San Francisco dedicated to Scandinavian cuisine. When he’s not cooking up great Nordic fare, you can find him at home in Petaluma, just outside SF, and from lobster to weinersnitchel, he’s got the skinny on some of the best not-to-be-missed gems in Northern California.

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Roberth Sundell on Smorgasbords & His Favorite Food Group

Swedish-born chef Roberth Sundell runs Pläj, the only restaurant in San Francisco dedicated to Scandinavian fare. Pronounced “play,” the eatery opened in 2012 and offers Nordic classics like herring, whitefish and potato dumplings, as well as Swedish specialties (elk and lingonberries make proud appearances on the menu). Sundell’s passion for his native cuisine and love of local ingredients is a boon to the Bay Area’s large Scandinavian community, not to mention SF foodies looking to stretch their palates. We caught up with him on his favorite food group, holiday smorgasbords and why caviar in a tube is a (good) thing.


Ken Oringer on Fave Food Cities & One Thing He Hates

Ken Oringer, the James Beard Award-winning chef/owner of five Boston-area restaurants and Toro NYC, spent his youth playing around in the kitchen, eventually growing up to earn some of the most coveted accolades in the culinary world (James Beard Award, Best New Chef North East, 2001; Best Chef, Boston Magazine, 2000; and Iron Chef America, Coffee Battle vs Cat Cora, 2008, to name just a few). The successful entrepreneur spoke with us about his favorite food cities, having restaurant-launch nightmares and the one food he can’t stand.


Insider’s Guide to Boston: Drew Parsons’ 10 Top Spots

Looking for the inside scoop on where to eat and drink in Boston? Check out the top spots from Drew Parsons. The restaurateur — who spent much of his career playing bass for The Lemonheads and American Hi-Fi, among others — currently runs The Maiden, an American restaurant and wine bar which opened in South Boston in 2015. From steak nachos to wasabi dumplings, this New England native’s picks will help you discover some of the city’s most delicious dishes.

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Michael Scelfo on Alden & Harlow and His Favorite Condiments

A devoted family man who cooks from the heart, Michael Scelfo is the chef and owner of Alden & Harlow in Boston. The beloved Harvard Square spot — a local favorite since it opened in January 2014 — has received numerous accolades and was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2015. We caught up with Scelfo on the best and worst parts of running a restaurant, his typical breakfast and what’s always in his fridge.