Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn from Respected 'Food Scientist'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Learn from Respected 'Food Scientist'

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Shirley Corriher, best known as the food scientist from Food Network's "Good Eats," will be in Jacksonville next month for an appearance at the Publix Apron's Cooking School.

Corriher will be at the cooking school at 10500 San Jose Blvd. from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, for a book signing followed by a cooking demonstration beginning at 6:30 p.m. The class and signing costs $50. Call (904) 262-4187 for reservations.

The night's menu includes Hot, Crunchy and Cheesy Crackers; Sour Cream Corn Bread; Cheesy Rice Spoon Bread; and The Best-Ever Chess Tarts. One dish she'll present, Fall-Apart-Tender Slow Roast Pork, even reportedly garnered a marriage proposal for one cook who made it.

Formerly a columnist for Fine Cooking, Corriher has received a number of accolades in the food world. Her book, "CookWise: The Secrets of Cooking Revealed," won a James Beard Award for Best Reference and Technique Book of 1997.


Speaking of James Beard, last week I reported that Chef Tom Gray of Bistro Aix in San Marco has been nominated for a prestigious James Beard Award. I wanted to know if Gray is the first chef from here to receive the honor, and last week I asked a spokeswoman from the New York-based Beard Foundation to look into my question.

Unfortunately, she told me the Beard Foundation only keeps track of finalists, and at this point Gray is just a semi-finalist. (The pool of 20 semi-finalists in the Best Chef: South category will be whittled down to five finalists on Monday, March 23.)

But, here's what I know: No finalists have come from Jacksonville, and no local nominees in any category pop up in our electronic archive. If you know otherwise, please let me know, and, of course, I'll report as soon as I know if Gray makes it as a finalist.

Gray himself is cautiously optimistic about his chances to be a finalist; the Southern category includes some heavy hitters in cities such as Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Little Rock, Ark.


In case you missed it in Laura Capitano's column, Cozy Tea on Park Street has partnered with the 5 Points Theatre to offer a movie and Indian dinner special. …

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