James Syhabout

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Health Check: Are More S.F. Restaurants Grand Opening or Grand Closing?

    The San Francisco restaurant scene is constantly plagued with closures. Since the beginning of the year, we've lost solid places such as Masa's, Tommy Toy's, Solstice, Shanghai, Kan Zaman, and Wo Hing General Store. Luckily, S.F. is also blessed with a seemingly endless run of restaurant openings. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Omnivore World Tour Kicks Off Tomorrow

    This weekend, for the very first time, the Omnivore World Tour will be pit-stopping in San Francisco. The program includes a slew of classes, cooking demos, and a mighty glamorous lineup of chef collaborations and dinners. The festival is a traveling showcase of the culinary world's young and innova ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Is Benu's Corey Lee One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs?

    ​Every year, just before Food & Wine magazine announces its annual list of 10 best new chefs, editor Dana Cowin (@fwscout) tweets out hints about the winners, using the hashtag #BestNewChefs. At least one Bay Area chef usually makes the cut. Last year, it was Joshua Skenes of Saison, and the y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    More Plate Shop Shake-up, New Monk Kettle Project, Mission Chinese Food Heads to China

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Grub Street reports on why Kim Alter left Plate Shop, and who is taking over the helm of head chef. Yesterday, Tablehopper broke the news that Kim Alter walked out with the entire back of house staff -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Hawker Fare Readies for Lunch, Fresh and Easy Braces for Trouble

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Inside Scoop gets word that James Syhabout's Hawker Fare (2300 Webster at 23rd St. in Oakland) is set to open for lunch May 17 and dinner on May 26. A sharp departure from Syhabout's meticulously refined ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Win-Win: For Skenes, an F&W Nod; for Kauffman, a Hot Pineapple Bun

    ​Today's notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other bycatch dredged up from the food media. 1. Congratulations are in order. As many of the food blogs picked up on before the official announcement, Joshua Skenes, chef of Saison, is the Bay Area pick for Food & Wine's 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    James Syhabout and Hawker Fare: Anatomy of a Scoop

    ​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene. star5112/FlickrJames Syhabout.​Grub Street's Jay Barman set off the equivalent of a stalkerazzi scuffle to catch a limo-glimpse of the Bieber when he broke word Wednesday that Commis chef J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Daniel Patterson Talks Storytelling and Food, Zings New York Chefs

    ​As a prelude to Le Fooding's upcoming New York vs. San Francisco "showdown," The New York Times' T magazine asked David Chang and Daniel Patterson to talk about West Coast vs. East Coast food. Patterson, first up, started by yawning at the question, then asking a different one: What makes a regio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    The 30-Year-Old Chefs Influencing What You Eat

    chez pim/FlickrJames Syhabout (foreground).​Our favorite morsel from the Web. Argue on your own time whether the Spice Kit guys belong with Ravi Kapur, Corey Lee, and James Syhabout. The August issue of San Francisco magazine has house food scribe Josh Sens waxing all Dawn of a New Age on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Kauffman's Five: This Week in Food Bloggery

    Five things I learned from SFoodie and beyond this week:​1. That SFoodie editor John Birdsall has great taste in doughnuts, only matched by his generosity in splitting a cornmeal-cherry-rosemary doughnut from Dynamo with me. It was even better than the huckleberry-Meyer lemon doughnut that had me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    James Syhabout Makes F&W Best New Chefs List (Probably)

    James Syhabout of Ouest Coast Chef's Assistant.​Yesterday afternoon, Dana Cowin, editor of Food & Wine, started up a guessing game: On her Twitter feed she dropped hints as to the identity of the 10 chefs the magazine had just picked for its 2010 Best New Chefs issue. The ensuing tweets didn't ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Tomorrow in 'Eat': Jonathan Kauffman Has the Last Word on Commis

    star5112/FlickrJames Syhabout (center) presides over an Oakland restaurant that's sparked disagreement among local critics.​Of all the Bay Area restaurants that opened in 2009, none made the sparks fly like Commis. The tiny Oakland showplace by S.F. expat James Syhabout left some critics ready ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Is Ubuntu Still Open to Serving Meat? Technically, Yes. In Practice, Not So Much

    star5112/FlickrJames Syhabout, guest chef at Ubuntu's first Tuesday night prix fixe.​A month ago, we reported that Ubuntu -- Napa's Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant -- was organizing occasional Tuesday night prix fixe dinners called No Holds Barred. At least some of the dinners would fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Re-Commis

    Photos by Mabel/Flickr​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Talk soup: Ben from Cooking with the Single Guy engineered a redo of Oakland restaurant Commis, and blogged about it Monday with signature photo finesse. He's made his first visit in June, when James Syhabout's Asian-inflected, dilige ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    Don't Try This at Home: Korean Black Garlic Probably Best Left to Professionals

    Meredith BrodyCould you resist?Once a cutting-edge ingredient of starred chefs who frequented the haute cook shop Le Sanctuaire, Korean black garlic is a lot more accessible these days. Sure, chefs like James Syhabout of Commis are still creating platescapes with it, and it's made appearances on Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Mark Your Calendar: CUESA Moveable Feast Fundraiser Set for Aziza in July

    chez pim via FlickrSyhabout: Prix-fixe collaboratorPeople line up for Jesse Kuhn's Little Gem lettuces at the Ferry Plaza farmers' market on Saturdays and at the Marin farmers' market in San Rafael on Sundays. At his 10-acre Petaluma farm, Marin Roots, he also grows baby vegetables -- carrots, beets ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 6, 2007

    Burnt Chefs

    Former admissions representatives at CCA say they preyed on students’ dreams of becoming celebrity chefs and glossed over the painful economic realities of the industry

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