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Mike Colameco's Real Food

Mike Colameco's Real Food

Every show Mike Colameco gives viewers access to some of the best kitchens in the world and talks to real chefs, in real restaurants cooking real recipes. It's an insider's guide and behind the scenes look from a chef's perspective on how these restaurants are putting together their dishes. Along the way we'll meet the owners, chef's and their crews; we will hear their stories and eat some amazing food. Each show has a theme, it might be an ingredient, a neighborhood or a cuisine.

Latest Episodes

What happens when one of the greatest most avant-garde pastry chefs in America who had worked at Alinea and WD-50 decides he's done with pastry and wants instead to do authentic Mexican food in NYC. We'll meet chef Alex Stupak and visit his three downtown restaurants where he may be doing some of the best Mexican inspired ever in Manhattan.

We spent a week exploring this northwestern region of France touring the vineyards and meeting with the winemakers while visiting restaurants along the way. Often confused with German wines, the wines of Alsace, especially it's bone dry Rieslings are some of the best value under appreciated wines available from anywhere on the planet.

In 2014 Chef Emma Bengtsson talk over the helm as Chef at Aquavit. She had been the pastry chef and the owner thought she was ready for this next phase. A year later with three stars from the NY Times under her belt she became one of a handful of women worldwide to earn two Michelin Stars. She's a chef's chef who loves the craft and we spend a day with her and her staff to see what Emma is all about.

239 W Broadway is hallowed ground in the NYC restaurant world. In 1989 impresario Drew Nieporent opened Montrachet there to great acclaim, that was followed by the 3 Star Corton and now Batard which earned accolade after accolade including the James Beards best new restaurant of 2014 and another 3 stars from the NY Times.

A couple of young talented chefs with great resumes wanted to do their own thing so they took over a narrow tiny bar space with a small open kitchen out back on Smith St, in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn and named it Battersby. A few years later they opened second larger spot a few blocks away called Dover. French inspired they are easily two of the best restaurants in all of Brooklyn.

In one of the most revered wine growing regions of the world the big name, ultra luxe first growths may dominate the high end market, but we thought we'd visit the other 97% of Bordeaux, the small family farmer growers during the historic near perfect 2015 harvest in September of that year. Of course we'll hit a bunch of restaurants, a cooperage to see oak barrels assembled, a bakery and a few markets while we're there in both these episodes.

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