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  • Pastry Chef Tina Blanco from Valley View Casino & Hotel


    Pastry Chef Tina Blanco is part of the award winning team at Valley View Casino & Hotel that prepares world-class pastries for the amazing restaurants at Valley View. Tina grew up in Texas and her road to Valley View has included stops in Chicago and Las Vegas working under some of the best pastry chefs in the country.

  • David Arato, owner of Bottega Italiana Gelato

    BI-kpri-headerI recently discovered Bottega Italiana, a company that makes gelato here in San Diego and is sold at retail stores in Coronado and UTC plus Whole Foods and restaurants all over town. The owner, David Arato, a native of Italy and former professional cyclist is my guest this week and has a very interesting story having grown up in Italy and toured the world via his cycling career.

  • Adam Koven, Owner of The Cravory


    The Cravory cookies are the ultimate cookie experience, with a soft cookie center and perfectly baked surface that provides both a gooey and crisp cookie eating venture. The Cravory was co-founded in 2009 by three young entrepreneurs, Adam Koven, Nate Ransom, and Derek Jaeger who are extremely passionate about food and absolutely addicted to cookies. Over the cupcake craze and all about texture, they set out to fulfill their dream of creating a cookie company that would allow customers to indulge in a playful luxury that satisfies both the sweet and savory taste buds of cookie lovers, with an edge.

    Crafted from only the finest ingredients and gourmet flavor combinations, The Cravory has raised the bar on unique cookie recipes and traditional offerings by continually creating cookie flavors that are unexpected and totally delicious. Set to open their first cookie shop this fall in San Diego, The Cravory continues to develop innovative cookies while staying true to the fun and comfort found in eating a freshly baked cookie.

  • Executive Chef Torrey Hall from the fabulous Pacific Coast Grill on the beach in Cardiff

    pcg-kpri-headerFor Torrey, cooking has always been a passion, and he started at the tender age of 14, and found it came very easily to him.  He is self-taught, starting out at a little mom-and-pop café.  By the time he was a senior in high school, Torrey was the head chef at the Chart House in Hawaii.  While growing up in Hawaii, Torrey was exposed to tons of wonderful fresh fish and producing creative menu items with the freshest the islands had to offer.

    Torrey went on to hone and perfect his craft attending culinary school at the CCA in San Francisco.  Through his combination of experience and passion, Torrey went on to work at some of the best restaurants in the country including Vivace, David Paul’s Island Grill, Roppongi & Mama’s Fish House.

  • Dennis Borlek from Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle on Shelter Island Pier


    First off, you must experience Fathom. It is truly a one-of-a-kind drinking and dining experience located right on the Shelter Island Pier. Second, owner Dennis Borlek is doing exactly what he loves, in an epic location that totally suites him, cooking food that makes him happy, with a soundtrack that defines the word eclectic. It’s a great week of interviews. Check them out at

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