Another mystery chef: perhaps the best chef you’ve never heard of?

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Here’s another mystery chef to tease you culinary hounds. A very talented guy, whose resume includes stints under grands chefs like Alain Ducasse and Pierre Gagnaire, to name but a couple (any more than that I’d be making it too easy to google!). He’s hiding out in the countryside somewhere, cooking great foods and pairing them with lovely wines. To say where it is would make it too easy and ruin all the fun.

He is also credited with starting an annual food and wine event known for having the highest concentration of Michelin stars of any such event in the US.

So, who is he? Do you know?

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15 Responses to “Another mystery chef: perhaps the best chef you’ve never heard of?

  • SImon Prutton said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 8:53pm

    Is your new mystery chef Cal Stamenov?
    Simon.

  • Ben Edwards said:
    November 12th, 2006 at 10:52pm

    I know but I don’t think its fair for me to say because I work for him and poured the wine that night. I hope you had fun!

  • Poumette said:
    November 13th, 2006 at 3:54am

    I’ ve no idea ! :o)

  • staggerlee said:
    November 13th, 2006 at 11:58am

    Cal Stamenov

  • Evelyn said:
    November 13th, 2006 at 5:38pm

    Cal Stamenov of Marinus at the Bernardus Lodge

  • Harold said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 8:24am

    I came in late to the quiz and everyone has apparently spoiled the fun.
    You should have posted this before the Great Wine Escape event–it would have been great promotion for the event and the noted celebrity chefs in attendance 😉
    You guys in California have all the fun.
    Harold

  • Gary Obligacion said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 1:09pm

    Cal Stamenov it is! I agree w/ your statement of “…best chef you’ve never heard of” and it’s not just because I work w/ him!

  • Charles Frith said:
    November 14th, 2006 at 6:37pm

    Why is he seasoning the floor? 😉

  • Jann said:
    November 15th, 2006 at 9:53am

    well, I came in late,too….do share his name and more about his talents!

  • Marty said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 2:35am

    Forget the floor, why is he wearing jeans?? ha ha

  • Ore said:
    November 17th, 2006 at 6:44am

    They make amazing food at the Bernardus Lodge and the Chef’s Table as I remember had the signature on the wall of every big player in the game.

  • cmc said:
    December 3rd, 2006 at 10:26am

    All the best chefs you might never have heard of (unless you work with them) wear jeans in the kitchen… 🙂 Gary and Cal, I just gave your names and contact to Andoni last month when he was at the Great Wine Escape or other Napa Valley event.

  • cmc said:
    December 4th, 2006 at 4:18am

    All the best chefs you never heard of (unless you work with them) wear jeans… 🙂 Gary and Cal, I gave your names and contact last month to Andoni – I gather he was at the Great Wine Escape or another Napa Valley event…

  • Carl Banke said:
    July 15th, 2007 at 7:47am

    Cal has talents and creativity in a fashion that doesn’t boast though rather proves upon those fortunate to taste.
    I sign off w/memories of culinary splendor..

  • Marion FITZ said:
    July 16th, 2007 at 10:53am

    Cal’s a great chef. He’s been very generous donating his time for
    many charity events.
    Cal’s always eager to learn more & try new varieties of fruits & vegetables. Since he joined the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers, I’ve seen him at several cherry, peach, and citrus tasting/tours.
    A very nice guy, always upbeat even when carrying a big bag of
    unusual citrus he just picked off the trees.

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