Chef’s Thoughts with Andi Van Willigan

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The biggest mistake Andi Van Willigan, Executive Chef of Bel-Air (Los Angeles, Calif.) CC made when she first started as a chef was not knowing her self-worth. Andrea (Andi) Van Willigan spent the first decade of her career working as the right hand to two of the most high-profile chefs in the world—Gordon Ramsay (of […]


Tasty Offerings

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Innovative presentations in an inviting environment provided a one-of-a-kind experience at C&RB’s Ninth Annual Chef to Chef Conference.


2017 Chef to Chef Conference Wraps Up in Atlanta

By | March 8, 2017

The ninth annual event, held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, ended on March 7 with chef demos and sessions on topics ranging from management and training to Latin cuisine, catering and banquet design, pastries and wine programs. The day began with a drawing for a Crown Verity grill, and the event also included a General Managers’ panel.


Honey-Glazed Short Ribs

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Recipe courtesy of Andi Van Willigan, Executive Chef, Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif. Ingredient 250 g braised short ribs (see recipe below; press and cut into 2 cm cubes) For the red wine braised shortribs: 20 lbs. short ribs, chuck flap 10 qts. red wine 2 qts. glace 4 tbsp. tomato paste 3 ea. […]


King Crab Salad

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Recipe courtesy of Andi Van Willigan, Executive Chef, Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif. Ingredients 3 ozs. king crab 3 ea. orange segments 1 ea. grapefruit segment ½ tbsp. smoked trout roe 5 ea. rings hearts of palm 3 ea. squares compressed melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon) ½ oz. olive oil to taste chive batons to taste […]


Star Power

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A baptism under the fire of Gordon Ramsay of “Hell’s Kitchen” fame helped to prepare Andi Van Willigan for the Executive Chef role at Los Angeles’ renowned Bel-Air Country Club.