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Star Power

Meet five culinary heavyweights making guest appearances at this year’s Charleston Wine + Food Festival


(clockwise, starting bottom left)

George Mendes
Chef-owner, Aldea

MOTTO:
“Stay focused and pay attention to detail.”
FESTIVAL EVENTS:  
-Perfectly Paired Dinner at Tristan
-“Cooking” Up a Wine List
-Flavor Boosts
BEST ADVICE TO YOUNG CHEFS:  “Keep your head down, work quietly, work hard, and listen, listen, listen!”

Christina Tosi
Pastry chef, Momofuku Milk Bar

MOTTO:
“Don’t take yourself too seriously!”
FESTIVAL EVENTS:  
-Take on Cake!
-The New York Times Presents Celebrity Authors Reception
BEST PART OF BEING A PASTRY CHEF: "I work with my best friends and we lose sanity and sleep over desserts."

Tory McPhail
Executive chef, Commander’s Palace

MOTTO:
“Embrace the vast history of Louisiana food and culture and reinvent it everyday.”
FESTIVAL EVENT:  
-Perfectly Paired Dinner at Magnolias
SECRET TO A GOOD RECIPE: “Recipes aren’t just a collection of ingredients. They need to be greater than the sum of their parts so that as you eat a dish, you can be inspired by the journey.”

Rajat Parr
Sommelier, RN74 San Francisco

MOTTO:
“Serve fine wine and make every guest’s experience special.”
FESTIVAL EVENT:  
-Perfectly Paired DInner at FIG
-Winning Wine Lists
-The New York Times Presents Celebrity Authors Reception
BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT WINE: “That to be good, wine has to be expensive.”

Andrew Carmellini Chef-owner,
Locanda Verde & The Dutch

MOTTO:
“A good cook brings his own life to the table.”
FESTIVAL EVENT:  
-Food + Wine with a View: A Night in Italy
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN COOKING: “You can be as studious and as hardworking as the next guy, but if you don't lend that personal flavor, that soul, everything else falls flat.”




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Photographs courtesy of (egg) Jerry Errico, (Mendes) Becca PR: (Tosi &amp; pear dessert) Christina Tosi, (McPhail &amp; shrimp) Wagstaff Worldwide, (Carmellini &amp; sliders) The Dutch, and (Parr &amp; RN74) Mina Group.</p>

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