Posted by: thepinetree on 08/03/2008 09:09 AM
Updated by: Kim_Hamilton on 08/13/2008 11:06 AM
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In This Weeks "Chef Chat" Executive Chef James Talks "Risotto"
Murphys, CA...Ironstone's Executive Chef James Lehman talks about and shows you the fine art of making the perfect Risotto. He talks about what ingredients to use and how to prepare them. From the correct rice, seasonings and more to the best techniques and skills you will need to prepare this wonderful dish. If you have any questions or comments for Chef James, please feel free to ask away and he will get back to you as soon as he can....
Ironstone Executive Chef James Lehman started his culinary career at the age of 16, doing food preparation for local restaurants in his hometown of Vacaville CA. In his 20’s, he had the honor of cooking at Thomas Keller’s French Bistro, Bouchon, nestled in the Napa Valley town of Yountville CA.
After deciding that cooking was his true passion, he attended the famed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he learned about the modern and classic cuisines of the world. Chef James graduated from the CIA in early 2004, after which he took on a Sous Chef position at the popular Woodstock NY restaurant, New World Home Cooking.
While at New World, Chef James had the opportunity to work with Chef Ric Orlando, whose creative and multicultural cuisine focuses on the use of organic and sustainable products, as well as offering many Vegetarian and Vegan dishes. Chef James started at Ironstone in the spring of 2005 and was recently awarded the Employee of the Year for 2007. He also writes food columns for the locals newspapers. James can be regularly seen on ThePineTree.net with his video blog “Chef Chat.”
In September of 2007 Chef James returned to his alma mater to participate in the Professional Chef Certification Program Offered by the CIA and the American Culinary Federation. After 4 long days of testing, Chef James was awarded the title of ProChef II and a Certified Chef De Cuisine.
Chef James just started a new blog where his fans can submit recipes for trial and feedback. www.recipecave.blogspot.com.
Chef James also teaches very popular, normally sold out cooking classes at Ironstone. We will let you know when his next class is coming.