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Hear ye! Hear ye! As of today, I’ll no longer be posting here at The Diner of Cville. But not to worry, all the fun is happening over at Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons! Check out my blogs, my podcasts, subscribe in iTunes, and just generally get giddy over all the great conversations and news I’m gathering in my travels throughout our wonderful region.
I’ll still keep this website up….for the meantime….as a resource for restaurants and such. I have a lofty goal of moving ALL the writing that’s worth moving over to the new digs. But that might take a while. I’m also working on an email list. Please contact me if you’d like to be on it, and I’ll add your name. I promise, the only time I’ll email is when I have something important to say. There’s great things happening at Edacious, so I hope you’ll join us. And like Bartles and James, we thank you for your support. Cheers.
Episode 15 is live! Available at Edacious – Food Talk for Gluttons, on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and your regular podcast outlets. What’s it like to be a female chef in an industry that doesn’t always recognize women with awards and accolades? What are some of the assumptions made about women chefs with regard to how they run a kitchen, prepare their food, present themselves?
Melissa Close-Hart is a celebrated chef with decades of experience under her belt. The only woman on Charlottesville’s “Mount Rushmore” of chefs, Melissa has been nominated four times as a James Beard semi-finalist during her tenure as Executive Chef of Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards. More times than any male chef in this area combined. What does she think of the Time magazine “Gods of Food” debacle that occurred a few years back? Do women just not pursue accolades? Or is that a generalization? In 2015, why do folks still assume men are line cooks and women are pastry chefs?
We discuss this at length during the episode as well as what it feels like to leave a kitchen after 14 years to pursue the dream of building something you can call your own. Her new venture, Junction, will open early next year in Belmont and feature cuisine with a Tex-Mex flavor, a tequila bar, and a much bigger dining room.
What one-word piece of advice does she give to young chefs just starting out to gain invaluable experience? How did working at McDonald’s prepare her for fine dining? What’s it like to not only change kitchens, but your whole cuisine? Why are Duran Duran and Kraft Mac and Cheese some of her favorite things? All this and more in Episode 15. I had a fantastic time talking with “Mama Mel” and I know you’ll enjoy it.
This episode is sponsored by In A Flash Laser Engraving.
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