Chef Jose Salazar is Blowing Up, Plus Win a Meal at The Palace

December 28, 2011

Think you know Cincinnati chefs? Chances are you don’t know Jose Salazar – recently voted “People’s Best New Chef: Great Lakes” by way of FoodandWine.com. I spent some time with him in his award-winning kitchen at The Palace (in the Cincinnatian Hotel) where he’s carefully and methodically building his empire. Now, ready to win $50 dollars for a fabulous meal at The Palace?

To win, simply download (and hopefully read) this pdf interview and do one of three things: 1.) Comment on this post 2.) Tweet or retweet the link 3.) Comment and/or share the link on Facebook. Please make sure to leave your full name and email address and one winner will be selected from random.org. Contest ends in one week – on January 6, 2012. Ready, set, go!

Download my exclusive interview with Jose Salazar (pdf)

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Troy Meyers via Facebook December 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love reading your chef interviews. Finally somebody giving credit to the people who pushing Cincinnati to the next level. Keep up the good work.

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Troy Meyers via Facebook December 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love reading your chef interviews. Finally somebody giving credit to the people who pushing Cincinnati to the next level. Keep up the good work.

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Jenny K December 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

Courtney, reading your stories makes my heart happy (and my tummy hungry!). Thank you for helping to bring Cincinnati’s food scene and its players to life.

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amy marantino December 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

i enjoyed the interview. nice job.

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Anna Hogan December 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

This is awesome Courtney – enjoyed it as usual :) Hope you are doing well!

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steph December 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

Ok, so what I want to know is two-fold – did you get to sample any of his efforts toward perfection??? And if not, you and me and Kel need to go have a little taste in person! He sounds very cool (and demanding). But the kind of chef (and boss) that makes me want to change professions. Nice!!!

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5chw4r7z December 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Cool write-up and photgraphy and insight.
Now I see where Daniel at Senate gets some of his inspiration from.

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barbara arnzen December 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I enjoyed the article about Jose. It’s always inspiring to read about someone who is so passionate about their work. And, I’m impressed he is “on the line” every night. however, I hope he finds more time to spend with his young son as he grows up.

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Joan Welsh December 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thanks, Courtney. Don’t get to the Palace too much….maybe I should rethink that! Great photographs, too!

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Lisa Mcmillan via Facebook December 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Great interview, we are lucky to have J. Salazar in cincinnati, thanks for writing!

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Lisa Mcmillan via Facebook December 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Great interview, we are lucky to have J. Salazar in cincinnati, thanks for writing!

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Intuitive Eggplant December 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Courtney, so glad to read another of your superb chef profiles! And I would dearly love to try Chef Salazar’s food. I’ve linked on my blog fb page. You’ve got my contact info, right?

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Kelly Klump lee December 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Great interview about a great man! Glad to have him here in Cincinnati. Thanks for writing this ( and for the contest)

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Ann December 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Wonderfully written, Courtney – makes me feel like I’m right in the kitchen with him.

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Carol December 29, 2011 at 6:47 am

great interview with a very dedicated and awesome chef!! We were at the Palace recently and everything was to perfection!!

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Josh December 29, 2011 at 7:02 am

great interview. Thanks!

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Paul Brearton December 29, 2011 at 7:22 am

Superlative article! I’ve been to the Palace a few times and have always been impressed with both their food and service. However, I never really thought too much about what it takes to bring it all to fruition. Makes me proud to live and dine in this city. This is just so exhilirating and helpful to those like me who are always doing what it takes to get more and more people downtown. thank you!

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Mark December 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

We’re lucky The Cincinnatian is smart enough to recruit such a talented chef. Trained under Thomas Keller? Wow.

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Susan December 29, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Jose Salazar is a Culinary Genius! We went to the Palace for our Anniversary dinner and I had one of the best meals I have had in my lifetime! He was kind enough to come out to the table to greet us. What a humble perfectionist. A true artist, both visual and culinary. His food is exquisite, commands attention, and deserves much praise. I am so proud to have him here in our city and I haven’t stopped talking about the fine dining experience that “wowed” us so on our special night ever since! Thank you, Jose, for sharing your talent.

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Michael Worth December 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Great article! Love the insight. I actually have the privilege of learning and working first hand with Chef Salazar. We have really started doing some amazing food over the last year or so. A lot of it has to do with the nucleus Chef has built. It takes total team work and great leadership and we currently have that going for us at The Palace!

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Susan Dugas January 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I commend Chef Salazar for taking such pride in his work. Having a high work ethic, striving for perfection is most admirable. I am only sorry I have not yet been to The Palace since he arrived. I shall have to correct that!

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Marymakesithappen January 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Excellent story. Can’t wait to be introduced to more chefs behind on the line.
Thx

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Courtney January 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

Congrats, Kelly Klump Lee! You are the lucky winner of a $50 gift card to The Palace (or The Cricket Lounge). I’ll contact you for delivery.

Thanks everybody for playing!

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