The James Beard House Invitation: A Texas Chef’s Dream Come True

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Apr 8, 2010
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To cook in the kitchen of a legend is many a chef’s dream…

Follow this “day in the life” story of what it’s like to be invited to host a dinner at The James Beard House in New York City with Executive Chef James Holmes of Olivia Restaurant in Austin, Texas (selected as one of Bon Appetit’s 10 Best New Restaurants in 2009).

Chef Holmes brings his Austin-style, farm-to-table, nose-to-tail eating to James Beard’s kitchen to show us “Yankees” how Texans now like to eat. It’s an experience he and his staff couldn’t be more proud of, the one goal that means the most, the invitation of a lifetime…

For chefs, being selected means you’ve got a perspective on food that’s worth everyone’s attention: a menu that’s unique, a kitchen that’s creative, a take on food that’s inspiring – and that is all this little Texas team hoped to showcase, “that they can cook in Texas too”!

Click here to see the Spring Lamb Menu Chef Holmes cooked at The James Beard House.

To visit Olivia Restaurant in Austin please visit: http://www.olivia-austin.com

Thanks for watching food. curated.

Comments

  1. Dan Redman says:

    Wonderful spotlight on such an incredible chef and restaurant in Austin, TX. Congrats to James and Christina Holmes, and the entire team at Olivia!

  2. Dan Redman says:

    Wonderful spotlight on such an incredible chef and restaurant in Austin, TX. Congrats to James and Christina Holmes, and the entire team at Olivia!

  3. Candice Harper says:

    Who’s young, dark-haired sous chef? He can cook for me anytime. Meow…

  4. Candice Harper says:

    Who’s young, dark-haired sous chef? He can cook for me anytime. Meow…

  5. Adriana says:

    Don’t you love James’ mom? And wow, pig’s ears.

    Hee hee, Candice–love the way the sous chef handles meat on the grill with his bare hands, too.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      I loved that I was there for that little moment… I think many of us forget what a huge honor it is to get to cook at The JBH. And yes, for me the pig’s ear panini was a highlight! I also loved the bison tartare and the risotto w/the rack of lamb. Oh and the white chocolate mousse. I can go on and on here… Thanks everyone for stopping by!

  6. Adriana says:

    Don’t you love James’ mom? And wow, pig’s ears.

    Hee hee, Candice–love the way the sous chef handles meat on the grill with his bare hands, too.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      I loved that I was there for that little moment… I think many of us forget what a huge honor it is to get to cook at The JBH. And yes, for me the pig’s ear panini was a highlight! I also loved the bison tartare and the risotto w/the rack of lamb. Oh and the white chocolate mousse. I can go on and on here… Thanks everyone for stopping by!

  7. ryan schibi says:

    congrats james!! excellent feature. you make austin proud.

  8. ryan schibi says:

    congrats james!! excellent feature. you make austin proud.

  9. Irina koester says:

    Congratulation James,to you and your whole team, what a night of great food for the yankees. I know they will remember it well.

  10. Irina koester says:

    Congratulation James,to you and your whole team, what a night of great food for the yankees. I know they will remember it well.

  11. Yes! There IS good food in Austin and Olivia is a shining example. Thanks for the video, Liza.

  12. Yes! There IS good food in Austin and Olivia is a shining example. Thanks for the video, Liza.

  13. Taff says:

    Can you capture an entire evening’s events in just a few short minutes? Absolutely!! What an experience. Honor, gratitude, exuberance, passion; all were captured just as all of us felt it. I for one couldn’t for the life of me quit smiling. Working in pastry, I get a sort of bird’s eye view to see what these guys do with savory food. It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more pleased and appreciative to see and taste what they put forth. They truly care, it truly shows, and I have nothing but respect for the entire Olivia staff. A heartfelt thanks to Mr. James Beard’s house and its impeccable staff (all caps!), an amazing videographer in Miss Liza, and, of course, Chef James n Kristina, Big Jim n Sheryl, Jerry, Chef Andrew, the sous extraordinares Jacob n Sarah, Vol. Laura, and all of Olivia.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Taff! So great to hear from you. It was a true pleasure to film you and the gang achieving your dreams. I must say, I may have to come down to Austin to try your desserts in their true glory!

  14. Taff says:

    Can you capture an entire evening’s events in just a few short minutes? Absolutely!! What an experience. Honor, gratitude, exuberance, passion; all were captured just as all of us felt it. I for one couldn’t for the life of me quit smiling. Working in pastry, I get a sort of bird’s eye view to see what these guys do with savory food. It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more pleased and appreciative to see and taste what they put forth. They truly care, it truly shows, and I have nothing but respect for the entire Olivia staff. A heartfelt thanks to Mr. James Beard’s house and its impeccable staff (all caps!), an amazing videographer in Miss Liza, and, of course, Chef James n Kristina, Big Jim n Sheryl, Jerry, Chef Andrew, the sous extraordinares Jacob n Sarah, Vol. Laura, and all of Olivia.

    • Liza de Guia says:

      Taff! So great to hear from you. It was a true pleasure to film you and the gang achieving your dreams. I must say, I may have to come down to Austin to try your desserts in their true glory!

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