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  • Cowboy Star Exec Chef and co-owner Victor Jimenez and Chef de Cuisine Christopher Osborne

    A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, Chef Victor Jimenez has presided over some of San Diego’s most well-loved restaurants including the Gulf Coast Grill, Thee Bungalow, and JRDN in the Tower 23 Hotel. Using his imaginative palate, Chef Victor designed Cowboy Star’s original menu with a special emphasis on the meats and accompaniments that are offered to diners as well as in the butcher shop. Chef Victor Jimenez continues to redefine the culinary landscape, ensuring top quality dining for every guest.

    Chef de Cuisine Christopher Osborne knew From a young age he was destined to be a Chef. As a boy he trod the heels of his Aunt Margret Ann Smith at her fine dining establishment The Red Fox in Snowshoe, West Virginia. At nineteen he decided to join the Navy. However it quickly occurred to him that cooking was the only life he wanted. After a short stint, he returned to the kitchen in 2007 working his way up the ranks of some of Virginia Beach’s best restaurants including most notably Terrapin under Chef Rodney Einhorn. In Early 2010 Chris made the move to San Diego and joined the team At George’s California Modern where he worked under Trey Foshee as Saucier for three years. In May 2013 Chris made the leap to Sous Chef with us here at Cowboy Star.

  • Jag Kambo from Royal India in Del Mar


    Jag Kambo serves up his moms best authentic Indian recipes daily at his beautiful restaurant in Del Mar. Royal India has been in business since 1996 and uses the finest natural ingredients and their fresh baked Nan bread is made to order in their Tandoor oven.

    • Finest natural ingredients, choicest meats, seafood and fresh vegetables
    • Every dish is cooked with MOM’s Indian kitchen recipes creating an award winning menu
    • Fresh baked Nan breads made to order in our TANDOOR
    • Magnificent ambiance with large waterfall, custom stone work
    • Architectural designs imported from the palaces in India
    • Perfect for Romantic Dinner, Date Dinner, Special ceremonies and to dine in and carryout
    • Indian Food Banquets and catering available for all occasions

  • Celebrating Beer Week in San Diego with Laura Bell From Bell’s Brewery


    Laura Bell is the daughter of Bell’s Brewery founder Larry Bell and  co-owner of the brewery. Bell’s was a pioneer of the Michigan craft beer scene and is now available in San Diego and being embraced by the San Diego beer community.

    Founded by Larry Bell as a home brewing supply shop in 1983, Bell’s Brewery, Inc. sold its first commercial beer in September 1985. Beer was initially brewed in a 15-gallon soup kettle and the company has grown remarkably from its production of 135 barrels (1 barrel = 31 gallons) in 1986 to over 248,000 barrels in 2013.

    Originally self-distributed, Larry and his staff of 9 employees bottled and delivered all of the beer to market for the company’s first four years. By 1989, Bell’s was shipping more than 500 barrels annually and assigned its first wholesaler to further establish itself across the state of Michigan. In 1993, Bell’s became the first Michigan brewery to open an onsite pub.

    After struggling several years to produce and sell robust, full-bodied ales against a tide of a mass-mar–ket domestic beer, Bell’s began to see the demand for craft beer grow dramatically and expanded into new markets. Bell’s currently sells beer across a 20 state area in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC through a network of over 80 quality wholesalers.

  • Students from the Sage Garden Project at Ocean Knoll Elementary

    This week on LTP on KPRI I broadcast from Ocean Knoll Elementary in Encinitas where interview Dawn Mayeda from the Sage Garden Project and 4 students who participate in the project. The Sage Garden Project brings hands-on gardens, cooking classes, and nutritional science to elementary schools. Aimed at reducing the incidence of diabetes in our youth, the program provides the tools, insight and inspiration for a lifetime of optimal health. They support standards-based science, nutrition, cooking, gardening, and exercise, creating self-supporting programs that have positive influence on student health.

  • Tim Mays, owner of the Casbah, Starlite, and Krakatoa


    So stoked to have Tim Mays on the show this week.  Mays is a local legend who has made an undeniable mark on San Diego’s music scene. After putting on shows around town at venues like The Spirit Club and Adams Avenue Theater in the early eighties – Mays went on to open Pink Panther in 1986, a bar that Mays describes as “for young people owned by young people”. With a knack for booking bands before they hit the big time Mays opened legendary music venue the Casbah in 1989. With the foresight to recognize talent, luminaries such as Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt, Nirvana, The White Stripes and Black Keys have all graced the Casbah stage under his direction.  Next came Turf Club in 1998 – the legendary 60’s-style grill-it-yourself steak joint and bar in Golden Hill. Uncharted territory at the time Turf Club quickly became the locale of choice for music junkies and counter-culture aficionados. Neighborhood coffee shop Krakatoa was also added to Mays’ stable of cool-kid hangouts in 2003. The (allegedly) haunted craftsman style home in the heart of Golden Hill is a great spot to sip a Caffe Calabria on the outdoor patio and hang with the much-loved feline resident, Anak. In 2007 Mays partnered with Matt Hoyt to launch Starlite in Mission Hills, a retro, high-design haunt with inventive cocktails and farm-fresh food that’s served into the late evening hours. With his laid back style – very much of the Converse, band t-shirt and black-rimmed glasses ilk – Tim keeps his finger on the pulse with up-and-coming indie circuit stars, and still books the majority of bands that come through the Casbah doors. When not attending live concerts, or enjoying a Negroni over ice  – his new favorite obsession – you can invariably catch Tim reading, swimming, and gardening with his family at home in Bonita.

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