Chef Wilfrin "Wil" Fernandez-Cruz moved from New York to St. Louis to work at the newly minted Restaurant at the Cheshire, but he left that position after only two and a half months. Today Fernandez-Cruz is excited to be starting at Ibby's Restaurant (6465 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-935-3940) o ... More >>
Washington University Dining Services announced on Monday that it has named the acclaimed St. Louis chef John Griffiths as its campus executive chef. The high-profile hiring shouldn't come as too much of a surprise: Wash U., through its dining-services operator Bon Appétit Management Services, espo ... More >>
In February, Gut Check reported that chef John Griffiths, the former executive chef of Truffles (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100) in Ladue, was slated to cook a dinner at the James Beard House in New York City in June. Yesterday Griffiths contacted Gut Check to tip us off to two preview dinne ... More >>
Truffles (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100) announced this morning that executive chef John Griffiths, whose modern Italian fare revitalized the staid Ladue restaurant, is departing next month. Replacing him will be Brandon Benack, who comes to St. Louis from Orlando, where he was most recentl ... More >>
Over the past year, chef John Griffiths has transformed stodgy old Truffles (9202 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-567-9100) into one of the top spots in town.
(Seriously. Go. Now. Order the housemade burrata and the roasted bone marrow to start. This post will still be here when you get back.)
Now, Griff ... More >>
Image viaAfter a recent lunch at a Chinese hog trough buffet where we were lulled into stupor by the gentle tones of "Rock-a-Bye-Baby" on the sound system and one too many sticks of chicken meat, we've been thinking a lot about music and food.
Turns out we're not the only ones. Around the s ... More >>
Sarah RusnakTaste of St. Louis returns this weekend, and Gut Check can't help but think that the word "taste" doesn't even begin to encompass the event. Not only can you try food from 45 area restaurants, but you can also peruse the work of local and regional artists and rub elbows with some of o ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesChris Williams of Franco studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.Last week Eater asked chefs if they thought culinary school was worth the time and expense for aspiring chefs. The answer was a resounding "probably not."
The discussion made us wonder how well-e ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergIt was a delicious week here at Gut Check International HQ. We were busy eating the grilled cheese at Half & Half, the beef spedini at Ricardo's Italian Cafe and enjoying some vino during Copia Urban Winery's Happy Hour.
What else did we do this week?
Ian reviewed the Mud ... More >>
This is part three of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Griffiths, is published here.Amanda WoytusThe Olive Oil Shortcake at TrufflesWe know what you're thinking: Rachael Ray nearly ruined olive oil for al ... More >>
This is part one of Amanda Woytus' Chef's Choice profile of chef John Griffiths of Truffles. Part two, a Q&A, will be published tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Griffiths, will be posted on Thursday.Amanda WoytusChef John Griffiths of Truffles in the restaurant's dining roomOn a weekda ... More >>
El Borracho Mexican Cantina will open its doors to the public on Tuesday, December 16, at 2001 Locust Street. This is the former location of Nectar, and the team behind that establishment (as well as the Pepper Lounge and Mandarin), joined by the team from Mike Shannon's Steaks & Seafood, is b ... More >>