Today's post by guest blogger Natasha Dame, manager of The Edge Oceanfront Dining.
Stagiaire – (Noun) – Singular: A person attached to a group of professional workers for a fixed
period in order to gain experience in their specialized field; intern,
work study program.
I am planning our trip to the big city at the end of the month. The Edge's Executive Chef Bryan Dame has been invited to be a stagiaire at New York City's acclaimed wd~50 with Chef Wylie Dufresne & Pastry Chef Alex Stupak.
wd~50 opened at 50 Clinton Street, between Rivington and Stanton, on Manhattan's Lower East Side on April 9th, 2003.
The menu at wd~50 utilizes elements and techniques from a wide array of cuisines. Both Wylie and the pastry chef, Alex Stupak, have garnered praise for their inspired culinary combinations, cutting edge culinary techniques, and innovative use of ingredients.
In 2000, Wylie was a James Beard nominee for Rising Star Chef of the year. In 2004, wd~50 was nominated by the James Beard Foundation in the category of Best New Restaurant. In 2005, Restaurant Magazine (UK) voted wd~50 thirty-fourth in its annual "The World's Best Restaurants" issue. In New York magazine's 101 Best Restaurants edition (January 9, 2006), wd~50 was awarded four stars (out of a potential five) and was ranked fourth overall. In 2006, in the Michelin Guide's inaugural American edition, wd~50 received one star, which it retained in 2007 and 2008.
Alex Stupak, the pastry chef at wd~50 since August of 2006, was most recently the pastry chef at Alinea in Chicago, where Bryan was a stagiaire in March of 2008 with Chef Grant Achatz.
While Bryan is spending his days and nights on the line at the restaurant I will take some time to explore Manhattan's Lower East Side, the foodscapes of the Meat Packing District and Brooklyn. After a week in the city, Chef and I will head upstate for a much anticipated visit to Hudson Valley Foie Gras and New York’s only whiskey producer for a little R&R before returning home to open the Edge for another wonderful season.
I promise to send notes from the road and bring back some regional favorites. Too bad pizza will not travel that far.