The award-winning father-and-son chefs Michael and David Cordúa and wonderfully weird kitchen gadgets are subjects of recent USA Character Approved Blog posts.
Having Esquire magazine call your first restaurant one of America’s best new restaurants is no small feat. Having them follow that by naming your second place the “Restaurant of the Year” means you really must be doing something right. Chef Michael Cordúa definitely is. The Nicaraguan-born, self-taught chef and restaurateur is credited with introducing Americans to upscale, inventive Latin cuisine. Through his growing group of award-winning restaurants in Houston, he is expanding our palates as he explores the diverse culinary cultures of the Americas.
And now he’s been joined by his son. Houston native David Cordúa may have started as a dishwasher in his father’s kitchen, but his own explorations included studying and cooking in Europe before returning as Executive Chef for Cordúa Restaurants. The accolades keep coming for the father/son team. To find out more about them and their Pan-Latin approach to food, check out my latest post on the USA Character Approved Blog.
Adding old school charm to the daily grind
I like shiny new technology in the kitchen as much as the next guy. Don’t try to get between me and my digital scale. But something about Red Rooster Trading Company’s contraptionlike coffee and pepper grinders just makes me smile. Made in Southern Missouri, they’re sold in shops across the country—including in the über-hip Stumptown Coffee Roasters, from Brooklyn to Portland. You can buy them online too.
The Red Rooster Camano Coffee Mill doesn’t just make grinding your morning beans more fun—it makes the coffee taste better. To learn how it does it and where to get your own grinder, check out this recent post on the USA Character Approved Blog.