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The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Emeril Lagasse

If you ever flipped on the Food Network in the '90s, long before spiky-haired Guy Fieri and lithe Giada De Laurentiis were hightailing it to diners and whipping up spe-geyhhtt-i, you couldn't…

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The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Pat LaFrieda

Give an 11-year-old boy a video game, and chances are he’ll be enthralled. But for Pat LaFrieda, pre-adolescent intrigue came in the form of a slaughterhouse visit, not Grand Theft Auto.…

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The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Marc Vetri

On occasion, Marc Vetri’s father would labor for hours over spaghetti with crab, a feast that lured in the neighbors. “It wasn’t often,” says the James Beard-Award winning chef of his dad's…

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The 10 Dishes That Made My Career: Nobu Matsuhisa

When Robert De Niro first ate at the Beverly Hills hotspot Matsuhisa, he was so taken by the inventive cooking that he made it his mission to strike up a friendship with the chef. A native of…