Generation Chef by Karen Stabiner
Risking It All for a New American Dream

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I might never eat at Huertas — or at Spoon and Stable, for that matter. But “Generation Chef” has given me an appreciation for what has gone into these restaurants and others. This book is as much about dreams and passion as it is about food.
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Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks—a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef’s new restaurant.
 
For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top—but talent isn’t enough. Today’s chef needs the business savvy of a high-risk entrepreneur, determination, and big dose of luck. 

The heart of Generation Chef is the story of Jonah Miller, who at age twenty-four attempts to fulfill a lifelong dream by opening the Basque restaurant Huertas in New York City, still the high-stakes center of the restaurant business for an ambitious young chef. Miller, a rising star who has been named to the 30-Under-30 list of both Forbes and Zagat, quits his job as a sous chef, creates a business plan, lines up investors, leases a space, hires a staff, and gets ready to put his reputation and his future on the line.

Journalist and food writer Karen Stabiner takes us inside Huertas’s roller-coaster first year, but also provides insight into the challenging world a young chef faces today—the intense financial pressures, the overcrowded field of aspiring cooks, and the impact of reviews and social media, which can dictate who survives.

A fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, Generation Chef is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drive and passion in one of today’s hottest professions.
 

About Karen Stabiner

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Karen Stabiner, the author of seven books, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times Opinion section and many other major publications. Her response to the hype about troubled teenage girls, My Girl: Adventures with a Teen in Training, was a finalist for the 2005 Books for a Better Life award. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband; their daughter, Sarah, left for college in the fall of 2007.
 
Published September 13, 2016 by Avery. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Sep 09 2016

I might never eat at Huertas — or at Spoon and Stable, for that matter. But “Generation Chef” has given me an appreciation for what has gone into these restaurants and others. This book is as much about dreams and passion as it is about food.

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