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Michael Hutchings
Santa Barbara, California USA
Professional Chef/Businessman with a catering company and consulting services
Interests: astronomy, archeology, gemology, architecture, gastronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, politics, sculpture
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Video from 2015 Event by Aurthur VonWeisenberg The Taste of the Town is an annual food and wine event held in Santa Barbara on the second Sunday in September. This year marks the 35 annual event and I am delighted to say I have been involved since 1981 when the... Continue reading
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David Bolton, JC Gordon, Host Craig Case, Chef Michael Hutchings JC Gordon, "El Presidente" Viva la Fiesta! The Inn Crowd cooks for the Fiesta Primavera prelude. Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes David Bolton and JC Gordon to the historic Dos Pueblos Ranch in... Continue reading
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Recently, we prepared a dinner for a local mogul. Just simple stuff. Asian inspired salad and ginger dressing. Local sea bass, port jus on king mushrooms and fennel, carrot "pearls." Warm chocolate velvet cake, chocolate sauce. The local white sea bass is a terrific fish and some of the catch... Continue reading
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The fabled Four Seasons restaurant in New York is closing after some 57 years operating at the landmarked Seagram building, in Midtown Manhattan. The Fours Seasons is know as the point of origin for the power lunch. Celebrities, captains of industry and the political elite have dined at this 'high-end... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Karla Blackwell, Tom Parker, Host Craig Case We are off to the "Funk Zone," Santa Barbara's hip food and wine destination. Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes Karla Blackwell and Tom Parker to another tasty, fun episode. Karla hosted the show in... Continue reading
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Wedding cakes! Chef Christine Dahl is a master of that branch of the pastry arts. Here is a masterpiece with a classical buttercream finish. Vanilla chiffon, lemon curd and berries on the inside provide a delicious foil to the buttercream. The setting was the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. Related articles... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Roger Durling, Host Craig Case The Inn Crowd goes to the movies. Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes Roger Durling to a delicious episode of The Inn Crowd. Roger is the director of the Santa Barbara Film Festival (SBFF). We filmed the... Continue reading
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In my youth, just learning the cooking trade, I met chef Mike Roy at a food convention. Chef Roy was an icon in the food world and was a popular TV and radio host. His shows predated the food revolution that transpired in the late 70s and early 80s. The... Continue reading
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"Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant" We had the pleasure of contributing to a fundraiser for the local YMCA and their teen assistance program, Noah's Anchorage. Sixteen highly acclaimed local chefs came together to prepare extraordinary cuisine for the 160 guests who attended Youth and Family Services YMCA’s sold-out “Reaching for... Continue reading
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Our second episode of the season seven is airing this coming Saturday. The promotion that appeared in the Santa Barbara News Press is below. Join us on The Inn Crowd Saturdays at 6:30 on ABC affiliate KEY channel 3. Check times as the show sometimes is preempted and airs at... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Keith Berry, Anthony Miller, Host Craig Case Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and chef Michael Hutchings welcomes local realtor Keith Berry to the kitchen at the historical Casa del Herrero. The name Casa del Herrero translates as house of the blacksmith. Keith has been in the... Continue reading
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Chef Michael, Anne Sides, Alain Sides, Host Craig Case We are delighted to begin a new season of delicious cooking at The Inn Crowd cooking show. Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and Chef Michael Hutchings welcomes Anne Sides to the inaugural show of our seventh season. Anne is... Continue reading
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Chef Christine Dahl, Christine Dahl Pastries, creates the most amazing wedding cakes. This example features a berry theme with vanilla chiffon cakes filled with white chocolate mousse. The filigree piping is done over a foundation of fondant icing freehand. The chandelier reflected in the mirror gave the effect of a... Continue reading
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Flutist Adrian Spence Recently, we prepared a luncheon for Adrian Spence and guests of the Camarata Pacifica musical ensemble. The Camarata is a world class chamber music ensemble featuring classical and modern composition performed in small concert halls in Southern California. Luncheon was preceded by a short concert. Flutist Adrian... Continue reading
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We just filmed and episode of The Inn Crowd at the historical Casa del Herrero in Montecito, California. The kitchen sports a restored 1936 Magic Chef Range in full working order. I found a cook book published by the manufacturer of the same vintage and used it as a basis... Continue reading
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I am delighted to do a presentation for our local TV Fox affiliate KKFX, channel 11. June 2, 2016 is National Rotisserie Chicken Day. There are over 1200 designated "Days" in the United States. National Rotisserie Chicken Day is observed annually on June 2nd. National Rotisserie Day was submitted by... Continue reading
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Miramar Beach Looking South-East We were delighted to donate a dinner for ten to Girls Inc. of Santa Barbara. The dinner included a bevy of superb wines donated by an affiliate of the Girls Inc. The setting was a beach home at the Miramar beach in Santa Barbara, CA. I... Continue reading
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I love beets! Mostly I love them in a salad. At a recent dinner party, we provided an alternate first course for folks who avoided seafood. A larger version makes for a nice luncheon dish. This is a very simple dish that relies on good ingredients, accurately prepared. Tastefully Chef... Continue reading
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Does every catered meal need to be complicated, haute cuisine? Not really. We recently catered a luncheon for a pre-wedding event and prepared simple, simply delicious food. It no secret, jus by great ingredients and cook with precision. Call us for your next "simple"catered affair. Chef Michael Michael's Catering 805... Continue reading
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Terrine of Smoked Fishes This past week I prepared a dinner for my friend chef Darren McGrady that featured recipes from his book Eating Royally. The dinner was part of Brit Week in Los Angeles, Ca. The starter was a delicious terrine of smoked fishes served often at Buckinghan Palace.... Continue reading
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Elegant Dinner Table Setting It is Brit Week in Los Angeles and I was tapped by Chef Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef, to prepare s dinner based on his book. The only hitch was Chef Darren was leaving kitchen duties to me. No pressure cooking another chef's recipes whilst he... Continue reading
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Our local weekly newspaper, The Montecito Journal, has run a feature story on the visiting chef John Moeller. Chef John served at the White House during the H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton presidencies. Here is a link for the article. I am the host chef for a dinner chef John... Continue reading
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Frensel Lens from Point Conception Lightlhouse Just a few photos to enjoy. We were delighted to support this terrific museum, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. The event was the annual fundraiser to support museum activities. We made some 800 pieces of petits fours for the event. Chef Michael Hutchings Chefs Michael... Continue reading
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Farmed Trout on Asparagus Selecting fresh fish might seem a little mysterious. There are a few "tells" to consider when selecting seafood. Here is Santa Barbara, we can go to the docks and buy directly from the fisherman and know that the fish is just hours out of the water.... Continue reading
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Chef Michael Hutchings Photo Melissa Walker of Noozhawk The recent fundraiser for the Family Services Agency (FSA) was a great success. We were delighted to contribute our famous cultured abalone appetizer. It proved to be very popular as we took all prizes in the "competition." From Noozhawk on-line publication: "A... Continue reading