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Cincinnati Deconstructed: Molly Wellmann [VIDEO]

You may already know her as the heavily inked, bombshell mixologist at Japp’s – re-energizing Over-the-Rhine with every stir, shake and pour. But Molly Wellmann is more than a local celebrity … and she’s way more than tattoos and ‘tude. Get to know her here, in the pilot episode of Cincinnati Deconstructed – filmed and directed […]

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5 Minutes with Cincinnati Enquirer Food Writer, Polly Campbell

You have one day left to live. Where do you eat tonight? Well, not in a restaurant, that’s for sure. I’d be with my family and I would hope someone I love would cook me something. I’ve never been a sheer sensation-seeker; my peak food experiences have always been about the context in which I’m […]

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

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 […]

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Clendon Springer and a Final Cut Steakhouse Giveaway

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As an emerging local food star, Chef Clendon Springer is capturing the attention of hungry diners all over the Tristate. He sat down with me in his restaurant at Hollywood Casino, just twenty minutes outside of Cincinnati, to talk about gambling, emptiness and why he cooks like a man. Note to readers: I’m giving away […]

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Close to the Heart: Interview with Jean-Robert de Cavel

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Seven years ago, Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife, Annette, lost their baby girl to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Seated on a stool, in the midst of construction in his new restaurant, five-star cuisine is the furthest thing from JR’s mind. Cincinnati’s most famous chef talks about how he helped turn his own personal […]

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5 Minutes with Restaurateur Hunter Thomas

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In his early years he studied to be a Chef at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. Now, Hunter Thomas is a Cincinnati restauranteur and owns both 20 Brix and Padrino in Milford. In addition to his extensive restaurant and hotel experience, Hunter is a level two Certified sommelier. He takes a few […]

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Cooking Quietly with Julie Francis (from Nectar Restaurant)

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THE ONLY SOUND in the kitchen comes from a deft knife breaking through a line of celery stalks. Crack-crack-crack-crack. It’s 3:00 p.m. on a hot Saturday afternoon and Julie Francis is just warming up. There are two prep cooks circling around her but all three of them are quiet. Standing in her T-shaped kitchen, her […]

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5 Minutes with Mayberry Chef, Joshua Campbell

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Last year, he expanded his brand of affordable gourmet food into a casual, sit down eatery downtown. Mayberry chef and owner, Joshua Campbell, talks about the best part of his day, his worst habit and why his critics just need to chill out.

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5 Minutes with Chef Matt Buschle from Virgil’s Cafe

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Virgil’s Café in Bellevue, Kentucky is fast becoming one of the most buzzed about restaurants in town. But chef/owner, Matt Buschle, is all about keeping it slow and casual. Here’s a quick peek into the mind of the man himself.

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Nectar Restaurant’s Julie Francis Speaks Out

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She’s not just the locavore wonder chef of Nectar, one of Cincinnati’s top restaurants, she’s also the owner. Julie Francis takes a moment to talk cooking, managing her top-ten Mt. Lookout restaurant and what drives her to work every day.

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