When Chefs Helping Chefs Looks Nothing Like 'Hell's Kitchen'

May 5, 2014
Originally published on May 6, 2014 7:50 am

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.

But Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst discovered a completely different vibe at a salon of chefs who meet regularly at the restaurant Stages at One Washington in Dover, New Hampshire.

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.”


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