Born in Flers, in southern Normandy, David Toutain is the grandson of farmers. At 20, he got a position at the Arpège restaurant just as Alain Passard was turning towards a vegetable-oriented cuisine. Within a year David became Alain Passard’s under head chef. He later went to Spain (Mugaritz), and New York (Corton). His son’s birth in 2010 brought him back in France. He joined the Agapé Substance, an avant-garde restaurant with fine cuisine made out of authentic fresh top quality produce. In January 2015, one year after opening Restaurant David Toutain, he received his first Michelin star and opened Identi-T next to his restaurant, a place to welcome groups and meetings.

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Pierre Hermé is internationally recognized for his revolutionary pastry-making. He is the youngest person to be named France's Pastry Chef of the Year, and is also the only pastry chef to be honored with a Chevalier of Arts and Letters. Vogue named Pierre Hermé "the Picasso of Pastry". Pierre Hermé opened Maison Pierre Hermé Paris in 1997, and now has locations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In this video we watch a demonstration of his Venus Cake: Quince and Apple Cake with Rose English Custard Cream.

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Pierre Hermé is internationally recognized for his revolutionary pastry-making. He is the youngest person to be named France's Pastry Chef of the Year, and is also the only pastry chef to be honored with a Chevalier of Arts and Letters. Vogue named Pierre Hermé "the Picasso of Pastry". Pierre Hermé opened Maison Pierre Hermé Paris in 1997, and now has locations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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Pierre Gagnaire is one of the enduring icons of French gastronomy and after 40 years still one of France’s most imaginative and well respected chefs. Gagnaire, began his cooking career at the age of fourteen, studying under Paul Bocuse in Lyon, and Alain Senderens in Paris, before assuming the role of chef at his family’s restaurant, Le Clos Fleury in St. Etienne. Today, Gagnaire oversees a portfolio of restaurants that bear his name with locations in Tokyo, Dubai, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas. We sit down for an interview with Chef Gagnaire at his flagship restaurant in Paris at the Hotel Balzac off the Champs Elysee.

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For a modern makeover of a classic French pastry, we make a stop at L'éclair de Génie in Paris. Here, in one of his stylish Paris boutiques, pastry chef Christophe Adam has reimagined the éclair, updating the oblong, cream-filled pastry with vibrant colors and bold flavors. Beneath the glass of a jeweler’s case, Adam’s eclairs tempt customers with alluring flavors like citron, pecan, salted caramel, hazelnut, and yuzu.

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In 2015, Chef Yannick Alléno was named “Chef of the Year” by the prestigious French restaurant guide Gaullt & Millau, and his Parisian restaurant, Pavillon Ledoyen was awarded three Michelin stars by the Michelin France Guide. Apart from all of the critical acclaim he’s received, Chef Alleno is known for his innovations in modern sauce making techniques, creating richly flavored sauces through a frozen extraction process known as cryo concentration. Watch Chef Alleno discuss this unique sauce making technique and prepare Striped Mullet with Squid Ink Black Pudding.

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A Culinary Tour of Paris

The birthplace of the bistro and brasserie, guardian to some of the Western world’s greatest culinary traditions, and now the nexus of a food revolution that’s changing dining trends around the globe. On this culinary tour of Paris, we’ll meet a new generation of French chefs leading the “neo-bistro” movement, stopping by the city’s hottest restaurants to sample these modern menus. Join us as we take a lesson from the heroes of haute cuisine, learning from Pierre Gagnaire, Guy Martin, Yannick Alleno, Pierre Herme, Christophe Adam, Emmanuel Ryon and more.

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Beer and food together can create powerful experiences for the palate and should be an integral part of culinary education. The CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course gives you an overview of pairing techniques, beer styles, and the important place beer serves on your menu.

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Styles of Beer

Did you know there are more than 95 styles of beer? Learn all about beer styles, the history of beer, pairing beer with food, and how to properly pour and present beer at the table in the CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course.

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The CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course was co-authored by two experts — Culinary Institute of America graduate Chef Adam Dulye and Certified Cicerone Julia Herz, Director of the Craft Beer Program at the Brewers Association. This one-of-a-kind online beer course arms the culinary professionals of tomorrow with in-depth knowledge, including information about the history of beer and beer styles, pairing beer with food, and how to properly pour and present beer at the table.

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Xochimilco is known for its 100-mile network of canals. A World Heritage Site, these canals are remnants of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past in what used to be an extensive lake and canal system that connected settlements of the Valley of Mexico. Today, locals and tourists alike enjoy Xochimilco as a peaceful respite from the bustle of Mexico City, riding on colorful boats called trajineras around the canals and system of artificially-made islands called chinampas. The chinampas are now home to a number of farms growing organic produce. Here to guide us through the canals and take us on a farm tour are Ruth Alegria and Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO and General Director of De La Chinampa, an organization promoting organic farming and ecological restoration of Xochimilco.

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Chef Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil shows us a signature dish of sardine in a green sauce, with purslane, arbequina olive oil, cactus, oyales herbs, white onion, serrano, and cilantro oil.
 
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Chef Jorge Vallejo is chef-owner of Quintonil, which opened in 2012 and has since become a top dining destination in Mexico City, and landed him a spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Chef Vallejo worked at noma, and under Enrique Olvera at Pujol for three years. Chef Vallejo creates unique dishes that show his passion for sourcing local and ancient Mexican ingredients while using modern cooking techniques.

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Chef Daniel Ovadia is the young and ambitious owner of an empire of acclaimed restaurants. Inspired by his travels around Mexico, Chef Ovadia’s cuisine focuses on traditional recipes and native ingredients that he playfully transforms by creative culinary techniques. His menu shows his deeply rooted respect for perfection of traditional recipes and his ability to express his life and roots through food.

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Chef Edgar Nuñez is pushing the boundaries of modern Mexican gastronomy at his restaurant Sud777, which is on the list for Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. Sourcing much of his produce at Xochimilco, his creative menu celebrates seasonal and indigenous Mexican products.

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A native of Mexico City, Enrique Olvera graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1997, and is the chef-owner of Pujol, Eno Petrarca, and Eno Virreyes, in Mexico City, Maíz de Mar in Playa del Carmen, and Cosme in New York City. Chef Olvera’s reinterpretation of Mexico’s popular recipes as well as his experimentation with contemporary and millennia-old culinary techniques, has brought him fame well beyond the nation’s borders. Pujol has steadily climbed Restaurant Magazine’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant list—a first for a Mexican restaurant with a Mexican chef—reaching number 16 in 2015. Chef Olvera’s culinary philosophy has been defined by his deep exploration of Mexico’s universe of ingredients, and gastronomic techniques and traditions.

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Next, we head to Restaurante El Bajío in northern Mexico City. Cármen Ramírez Degollado, known as “Titita,” has owned and operated El Bajío since 1972. With the help of family, including her daughter María Teresa Ramírez Degollado, she has opened 10 more El Bajío restaurants in Mexico City.

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For something sweet, we visit José Ramón Castillo, renowned chocolatier and owner of Qué Bo in Mexico City’s Polanco neighborhood. His chocolates are made using indigenous Mexican ingredients and flavors, with an emphasis on sourcing and strengthening the quality and supply of Mexican chocolate.

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Ruth Alegria and Sergio Remolina discuss the traditional dishes served at Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita’s Azul Histórico. We sample Molletes, Enchiladas with Black Oaxaca-style Mole, Memelitas, and Blue Corn Mushroom Quesadillas.

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Birria is hearty Mexican stew originating from the state of Jalisco. Here at Birria "El Paisa" in Mexico City, food guide Francisco de Santiago shows us how to how to tuck into a bowl of “birria de chiva” or goat birria.

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