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Nick Kokonas

Six months after winning Japan tournament, Luke Donald finally gets his cow

So he contacted Nick Kokonas, a partner with celebrity chef Grant Achatz at Alinea, one of the most universally acclaimed restaurants in the country. "I said, 'You got a whole freaking Miyazaki cow? " Kokonas said. "We gotta get this. " Alinea had imported Miyazaki, famous for its ...

Kellogg's Recipe Scandal: Company Credits Grant Achatz, Chef's Partner Calls Foul

Nick Kokonas, co-founder of Achatz's famed Chicago eatery, Alinea, was also surprised. One recipe, titled "Chef Grant Actatz' [sic] Sweet Potato Toppers," is a snack of Keebler Town House Toppers crackers, pureed sweet potatoes and bourbon-soaked raisins. And yes, that's how the site ...

Holy cow! The steaks could not be bigger as Donald reveals the secret behind his blistering US Open...

But Donald, well known as a ‘foodie’, called in a few favours and got in touch with Nick Kokonas, a partner with celebrity chef Grant Achatz at Alinea, one of America’s most renowned eateries. Kokonas told ESPN that he then brought in a food importing company that became the ...

USA's 101 best restaurants: Daily Meal's 2013 winners

Among the innovations Achatz and his partner Nick Kokonas have made are reservations with an online nonrefundable ticket system (started at Next, number 50 on this list); and doing a chef swap with New York's Eleven Madison Park (#5 on this list) for a week as part of a project they ...

Food & wine

His recipes provided inspiration to chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, the team behind Alinea, one of the nation's best restaurants, when they developed the first in a series of evolving menus at their latest venture, Next, in Chicago. Escoffier even pops up as the main character in a ...

Kimmel's new dinners will be city's first ticketed, non-refundable meals, also the priciest

In Chicago, where former derivatives trader Nick Kokonas launched the ticketing system for his restaurants Next, Alinea and Aviary, prices for seats vary like plane and hotel reservations with the desirability of the hour and day. Less popular times (9 p.m. Wednesday) are sold $35 ...

Trading Places: Eleven Madison Park and Alinea

Yes, Mr. Humm and his friend Grant Achatz, above at right, the cutting-edge chef at Alinea, in Chicago, have hatched a plan (with their respective business partners, Will Guidara and Nick Kokonas) to swap restaurants. For five days in September, dinner customers at Eleven Madison Park ...

Inside Scoop SF » Should babies be allowed in fine dining restaurants?

Alinea partner Nick Kokonas points out that they’ve had kids in the restaurant before, and the responsibility should fall upon the parents to manage the situation: @MichaelNagrant @EllenMalloy @jmlenart we've had babies before. It's never about the kids. It's always about the parents(not ...

World Famous Chef Mulls Ban on Kids After Baby Cries in His Restaurant

For his part, Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas said his restaurant has welcomed newborn diners in the past with out incident. "It's never about the kids," he told Nagrant. "It's always about the parents. " In an appearance on this morning's Good Morning America, Achatz followed up on his ...

Real Kitchen Spoofs One Of World's Top Restaurants, Goes As Chicago's Alinea For Halloween (VIDEO)

"I got an email from [Alinea owner] Nick Kokonas shortly after the video went up," Schmuck said. "They said they really enjoyed it and thought it was really, really funny. " And while Real Kitchen isn't serving up any actual gourmet chicken explosion as detailed in their video, Schmuck ...

The Best Drink I Ever Had

It is the offspring of Grant Achatz, whose Alinea restaurant is considered one of the best in the world, and Nick Kokonas. Aviary is more lounge than bar. The walls appear to undulate. I was seated in sofa-type seating but requested to move to a standing table on the other side of a ...

When Chefs Swap Kitchens: A-List Restaurants to Switch Chicago, New York Locations (for a Week)

Starting Sept. 26, Alinea chef Grant Achatzand and his restaurant partner Nick Kokonas will bring their acclaimed molecular gastronomy to the Eleven Madison Park kitchen for five nights. Achatz told the Chicago Tribune that the endeavor not only keeps his staff on its toes, but also ...

20 Best Restaurants in America

However, there are rumors going around that he and partner Nick Kokonas have plans to make some major changes to the Alinea concept, now that they've successfully launched two new ventures, Next and The Aviary. alinea-restaurant.com Think Le Bernardin and you think accolades: Michelin...

Crying baby puts controversy on restaurant’s menu

In an email, co-owner Nick Kokonas said the restaurant has no plans to change its policy. “We welcome children of all ages who can enjoy the meal — there probably isn’t an age limit,” he said. “And we’ve had babies that have slept right through the dinner happily. However, like all ...

Maybe Don't Bring Your Baby to 3-Star Restaurant

Alinea co-owner Nick Kokonas explained that he thinks it's less about the baby and more about the parents with the baby. Truly, it's the adults in question that bring the real drama. Probably the only real reason to avoid bringing your child to a nice restaurant is not because you ...

At Trois Mec, diners must buy tickets upfront

" Nick Kokonas, co-owner, with Grant Achatz, of Alinea in Chicago and its spinoffs Next and Aviary, says the answer, for some restaurants at least, is tickets. Kokonas spearheaded the ticketing system at Next, then adopted it at Alinea and is planning to roll it out for other ...

Alinea and Eleven Madison Park to swap places

Achatz and partner Nick Kokonas have refused several offers to open an Alinea outside Chicago. The swap is a chance to present their cooking in New York without making a full-time commitment. "I can't tell you how many chefs have said to me, 'Yeah, you're a big fish in a small pond. The ...

Couple criticized for bringing crying baby to 3-star restaurant

Like Next, another restaurant run by Achatz and owner Nick Kokonas, Alinea issues pre-paid tickets — often sold months in advance. The couple reportedly had a baby-sitter cancel at the last minute, but decided to attend the restaurant nonetheless, according to NBC5 Chicago While the ...

Chicago, that tippling town

I also found that culinary influence at the Aviary, a cutting-edge cocktail bar developed by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas. Chefs are culled from Achatz's three- Michelin star Chicago restaurant, Alinea, to prepare liquid tasting menus. The results are mind-bending. The Aviary flips the ...

LOS ANGELES: 'Spinning Plates' serves big portions of human drama

"Every restaurant exists to entertain people," says Nick Kokonas, Alinea's owner. "No one needs to eat out. " "Spinning Plates" offers enough tantalizing footage of food being prepared to turn this into one of those features that should not be seen on an empty stomach. But what raises ...

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