Anthony Bourdain’s Jimmy Sears is really John Tesar

In Top Chef Seattle Episode 9, Past Suppers, self-proclaimed Most Hated Chef In Dallas John Tesar talks about that he hired Anthony Bourdain in the 80’s and introduced him to Eric Ripert. Not only that, but he’s also the real-life Jimmy Sears from Anthony Bourdain’s fast-pace, groundbreaking book Kitchen Confidential. Courtesy of Bravo and Ecco / HarperCollins, here is an excerpt from the book so you’ll know exactly how Bourdain felt about Tesar. Read it and then go and buy the book. I met Steven at the Supper Club. It was 1993, my return to the “bigs.” I’d been working for Bigfoot at his West Village saloon, comfortable but in career limbo. I took a few weeks off to kick back in the Caribbean, and when I returned, I found a down-on-his-luck Jimmy Sears in Bigfoot’s kitchen. Bigfoot had been eating dinner at the Gotham recently and had experienced some kind of culinary epiphany. Suddenly, he wanted a real chef, and Sears, whose restaurant in the Hamptons had just gone under, was sleeping on floors around Manhattan, dodging creditors and ex-girlfriends, and in general going through a rough patch—prime time for a Bigfoot recruiting effort. Jimmy was a brilliant cook. He’d come up with Brendan Walsh at Arizona 206, and the food he turned out in his brief time working the Bigfoot mines was so good, I’d stay after my shift was over, sit at the bar and order dinner and pay for it. Seeing what Jimmy could do in the kitchen really inspired me; I’d been slinging hash for way too long, and tasting a real demi-glace again, eating new, exciting food, seeing...

Michael Voltaggio makes Kristen’s mushrooms and onions

In Top Chef: Seattle Episode 4 Chef Kristen Kish won a whopping $10,000 from Healthy Choice for her 50’s Food Flashback: French fried onions and French mushrooms. I want these – they looked so good! Luckily Top Chef Season Six winner Michael Voltaggio is here on Top Recipe to show us how: Content and/or other value provided by our partner,...