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Food Transformers: Reimagining Food Traditions

Three nationally-acclaimed, dynamic chefs share their inspiration for how they have transformed time-honored food traditions into hot tastes for today’s palates.
Food writer and culinary network star Virginia Willis transforms classic-but-heavy southern recipes into healthful and wholesome by re-imagining ingredients while keeping Southern charm and appeal.
Austin chef / DJ, Tatsu Aikawa (co-owner of Ramen Tatsu-Ya) infuses time-honored ramen-making techniques into a mash-up of inventive ramen dishes.
Chef Michael Fojtasek (co-owner of Olamaie, Eater National's 21 Best New Restaurants) transforms five generations of Southern cooking traditions into Modern Southern Cuisine.

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  1. What are today's restaurant goers and home cooks looking for when dining out or choosing recipes?
  2. How can we take American Southern and other cultural food traditions and make them healthier, inspired and fresh—fusing old-school and modern?
  3. What are the challenges, pitfalls and rewards for chefs messing with time-honored cultural cuisines?



Marla Camp, Publisher, Edible Austin

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