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Max

Max
Max is a self-taught cook who has been in the restaurant industry for seven years. He got his start cooking and running kitchens in Boston, and Dartmouth, Massachusetts, before moving to Providence, Rhode Island, and ending up in Chicago. Though he has had some success in restaurants, earning a James Beard Award nomination, and winning a Starchefs Rising Star award, He is now glad to be taking a step back from the kitchen to be able to connect with the passionate home cooks that come to learn at The Chopping Block.

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How to Craft a Non-Tacky Fine Dining Dish

  We are finally past the spring of deception and third winter which means we are inching ever closer to True Spring here in Chicago. That means that even though there is still snow in the forecast, ...

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Here Comes the Sunchoke Tart

  You know, for a minute there I thought we might never see each other again. It has been over a year since my last blog post was published on The Chopping Blog, and what a year it has been. We’ve ...

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A Perfect French Omelette to Amaze Your Friends

  There are few dishes as shrouded in mystique as the venerated French omelette. Egg cookery in general but especially the ability to make a French omelette has been used as a metric to determine a ...

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A Daisy Blooms in Winter

  We’re in that time of year when we could all use a reminder that yes, in fact, summer will come again. In my mind one of the best glimpses of summer is the Margarita. A cocktail synonymous with ...

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Secrets for Perfect Pancakes

  A lot of people make a big show of saying they “don’t like pancakes” or that they “prefer waffles” as though they were somehow mutually exclusive. Well call me very lame (as many do), but I think ...

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Proustian Guava Jam

  As a professional chef, and all around human person, I have tasted a lot of pastries in my life. They are pretty much all amazing, but there is one that I tasted recently that will live in my ...

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The Best Gravy You’ve Ever Made

Turkey may be America’s most tolerated meat. Where people relish a thick juicy steak, savor a sweet rich pork chop, and crave the comfort of roast chicken, eating turkey is regarded with the ...

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Here's the Tea

  Every now and then it can be good for a person to take a short hiatus from drinking highly caffeinated coffee every morning. Like, for instance, if you find your entire body vibrating like a tuning ...

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Flip Your Steaks as Often as You Like

“You should only touch your steak three times; once to put it in the pan, once to flip it, and once to take it out of the pan.” This oft repeated mantra is one of the most frequently peddled bits of ...

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A Laid Back Photographic Guide to Campfire Cooking

  It’s the middle of August and you know what that means; time to hastily plan last minute camping trips that you have put off all season because you can already almost feel the chill of winter’s ...

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