When you think of chefs critiquing other chefs’ work, you might picture the Fox TV show “Hell’s Kitchen,” where master chef Gordon Ramsey dishes out withering criticism to those who don’t meet his high standards.
As Gunst wrote in a recent issue of Newsweek magazine, at the salon, chefs of varying levels of experience present dishes for feedback and ideas, and the criticism is both constructive and congenial.
The salon is the brainchild of Stages chef and owner Evan Hennessy, and as Gunst tells host Robin Young, “This is about building community. Chefs, like artists and writers and everybody else, need feedback from their peers.”
- Kathy Gunst, resident chef for Here & Now and author of cookbooks including “Notes from a Maine Kitchen.” She tweets @mainecook.