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Michael Hutchings
Santa Barbara, California USA
Professional Chef/Businessman with a catering company and whole food manufacturing.
Interests: astronomy, archeology, gemology, architecture, gastronomy, cosmology, astrophysics, politics, sculpture
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Chefs Michael Hutchings & Darren McGrady For the Chef Darren McGrady episode, I prepared a side dish of potatoes. On of my all time favorite potatoes is a "fondant" potato. It is a shaped potato with 14 cuts to for a sort of beveled, bar of soap shaped disk that... Continue reading
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We lucked out picking the rental apartment in Paris. Besides being close to the Metro Les Halles, walking distance to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Isle Cite there are six shops specializing in food service equipment, chocolate or culinary books. Christine and I loaded our suitcases with chocolate molds, specialty knives,... Continue reading
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Chefs Darren McGrady & Michael Hutchings Chef Darren Inspecting Summer Truffle Photo E. de Jesus We are delated to have The Royal Chef Darren McGrady as a guest on The Inn Crowd. Chef Darren comes to us by way of the Buckingham and Kensington Palaces in London, England. Chef Darren... Continue reading
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Royal Cuisine My guest chef Darren McGrady tells all about royal dining (well, not all) in the upcoming episode of The Inn Crowd. Chef Darren served in the British royal household for H.R.M Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana. The episode airs Saturday at 6:30 on KEYT NewsChannel 3 and streams... Continue reading
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On Location at Santa Barbara City CollegePhoto W. Conlin YTS Video Productions We have just wrapped up our winter 2015 season 5 in The Inn Crowd with a cooking challenge at the Santa Barbara City College. This episode will air May 29. More on this later.... Chef Michael Hutchings Related... Continue reading
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Chefs Michael Hutchings and Darren McGrady Photo W. Conlin YTS Video The Inn Crowd is on location at the beautiful Crossroads kitchen filming our upcoming special with Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef to HRH Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana & Princes William and Harry! Stay tuned for this exciting episode first... Continue reading
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On Food Tasting Like Food Roasted Veal Loin, Tarragon Jus Below is a followup email from my friend Chef James Sly on cooking philosophy. I echo the sentiment about inexperienced cooks wanting to be the next Food Network Star. Mastering the basics means mastering the craft. To often, they gravitate... Continue reading
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Archie McLaren Tonights show of The Inn Crowd May 9, is a reprise of our guest Archie McLaren. Archie's the guiding light behind the Central Coast Wine Classic . Tune "Inn" to be regaled by Archie erudite discourse on wines and some tasty cuisine from moi, Chef Michael Hutchings. Here... Continue reading
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Chefs Michael Hutchings and Darren McGrady Photo W. Conlin The Inn Crowd team is on location at the beautiful Crossroads kitchen filming our upcoming special with Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef to HRH Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana & Princes William and Harry! Stay tuned for this exciting episode later this... Continue reading
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Wednesday Street Market, Paris On our recent trip to Paris, we rented an apartment adjacent to the old Les Halles in Paris. We were on the Rue Montmarte. Within a five minute walk there was a number of famous vendors such as E. Dehillerin, MORA, A. Simon, La Bovida as... Continue reading
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Sly's Restaurant, Carpinteria, CA What makes a great chef and restaurant? Easy answer, but hard to achieve, great food, service and ambiance a great restaurant makes. As a chef, my first thought is always to the food. I'll take great product cooked correctly any day over a deconstructed taco with... Continue reading
Reaching for Stars is an evening of incredible fine dining, featuring a five-course gourmet meal prepared on-site and donated by top Santa Barbara area chefs. Local vintners generously donate wine to pair with each menu course, and a skilled wait staff ensures an extraordinary dining experience. This popular annual event... Continue reading
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Firestone Estate Photo Michael Hutchings Photo William Conlin I am reposting the first episode of The Inn Crowd, season 5. We are doing "reruns" of the earlier shows. It's odd to think I have reruns. The first show of the 2015 season of The Inn Crowd is now "in the... Continue reading
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Tournedos of Beef I am delighted to hear from folks who have been following The Inn Crowd cooking show. Viewers say that they are actually trying some of the recipes we feature on the show. This coming week we are airing the first episode of this past season featuring Krista... Continue reading
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Dining Room Magic Chef Stove circa 1934 The Casa del Herrero is a historical landmark in the heart of Montecito, California. We prepared a luncheon there for a member of the support group that manages the estate. It is a grand estate. From my point of view, the smithy shop... Continue reading
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We catering a ladies luncheon last week and highlighted the spring season. It was a simple luncheon greatly enhanced by a great set of china. Chef Michael Hors d'oeuvres Stilton Mousse on Endive, Bay Shrimp Louis on Cucumber, Lamb Chop Lollipop, Onion & Orange Confit Watercress Soup, Nasturtium Blossom Grilled... Continue reading
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Mondays are my teaching day at the local city college, Santa Barbara City College. I instruct culinary students in advanced pastry art. We prepared chef Michel Richard's "Kit Kat Bar" and chef Michel's Crême Brulée Stack and for good measure a desert from The Inn at Little Washington, Caramelized Apple... Continue reading
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This is a companion recipe for the paella dish we prepared at the Maritime Museum. It freezes well for long term storage. Chef Michael Related articles Chef Michael Hutchings on The Inn Crowd Featuring Hiroko Benko & Greg Gorga National Spanish Paella Day Continue reading
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"Lollipop Cube" by Laruccia Circa 1974 This is a fun sculpted piece by Dominick Laruccia Jr. I recently acquired it from an on line source. It is about 10 inches high. The base is a cast plaster of Paris like material and the vertical elements are made from copper with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Coppersmith
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Coppersmith
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A few months back I found a sculpture listed on a web site called 1stdibs. A gallery dealer called PCH Modern had a piece listed as a "Bertoia Style Sculpture." I know the work of Harry Bertoia and understand how the piece wold be likened to one of his sculptures.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Coppersmith
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Laruccia Sculpted Copper Tree Recently I was emailed by a person who owns one of Laruccia's copper trees. Here is my reply to the owner. Thank you for sharing the photos of the Laruccia sculpted copper tree. This was made between 1969-1972 at his studio in Orange, CA. I have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Coppersmith
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Santa Barbara Harbor Photo Alexander de Jesus Fresnel Lens Exhibit. Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and chef Michael Hutchings join Hiroko Benko and Greg Gorga at The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Hiroko in addition to her involvement with the Museum is the proprietor of the whale watching boat... Continue reading
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Craig Case, Chef Michael, Karl Hutterer Chef Michael and Karl Hutterer Craig Case, host of The Inn Crowd, and chef Michael Hutchings welcomes Karl Hutterer to the kitchen at the Crossroads Estate situated in the rustic Santa Ynez Valley. Karl is the former director of the Santa Barbara Museum of... Continue reading
Reaching for Stars Thursday, May 7, 2015 5:45-9:30 Montecito Country Club, 920 Summit Road An unforgettable evening of extraordinary cuisine in a lovely setting, to benefit Youth and Family Services YMCA and the young people we serve through My Home, Noah's Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter, Support and Outreach Services, and... Continue reading