Playing With My Food ~
A journal about food, thought, travel, and life; by Chef & Raconteur Chaz French.

A Quieting

Yeah, it’s gone quiet. – Happens here and there. Cooking, not writing, but taking notes.  Busy being busy, stay tuned, the search for balance continues…. Tweet

Baked Sundays: Cranberry Sunflower Bread

Cranberry Sunflower Loaf

This is the bread that the kids (and adults) at school love the most. It’s dense and moist with a seriously crunchy crust. The recipe makes two family sized loaves of bread. Goes great with a soup or stew, or spread with sunflower butter and jam, or just a smear of butter and a sprinkle […]

A PS To Pat L.

I went to the clinic today and the triage nurse sent me to the ER for X-rays, and it turns out that I broke my left clavicle at the joint.  It will heal on its own in 4-6 weeks, while it’s in a sling.  And thankfully I can get basic treatment for free thanks to […]

An open letter to Pat L.

Dear Pat L. (who works at a Peet’s in the East Bay), You serve me my coffee somewhat regularly, your beard and tattoos make you easily recognizable and I often see you riding your bike around town, without a helmet.  Look, I’m not a preacher, I’m an atheist, but I feel compelled to share a […]

I’m A Judge At This Year’s Eat Real Festival!

I was  thrilled to announce that I was asked to be judge at this year’s Eat Real Fest’s DIY Charcuterie Contest, I am also saddened to annouce the DIY Charcuterie Contest was canceled due to liability issues over the remote chance of food poisoning. However…. I’ve now been moved to the panel for the DIY […]

Dawn Wells (yes, of Gilligan’s Island) taught me something I didn’t learn in culinary school

I will never ever peel a potato again!   Seriously watch this video, it will rock your culinary skills. Tweet

Desire, Determination, & Education


This was me: Nine months before attending the Chef’s Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute. This was when I decided to start losing weight, I made good progress by the time I started at NGI (Disclosure the above photo was before I even knew I’d be going to culinary school, much less NGI!) This […]

The most perfect pizza ever.

Today I was astounded, in awe, and absolutely in love. For today, I ate the most perfect pizza of my life. After having lived in Los Angeles for 15 years, I learned the hard way that really good pizza is near impossible to get outside of NYC & New Jersey (and the NY Style pizza […]

1 month in…

So, I’ve been the Chef at the school for a month now. It’s kinda crazy.  I fully grasp how lucky I am to be a cook pretty much straight out of culinary school who not only has his own kitchen, but I get to create my own menus every week.  I spend a good part […]

Every day I hear you in my head…

Chef Rich, Every day that I cook, I hear you in my head.  You ask how many things I’m working on, and then I hear your voice in class that day: “If you’re not working on at least three things at the same time, you’re not cooking!” And then I ask myself: “How many things […]