Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB tells his inspiring story in a short Vimeo documentary recently created by videographer Oliver Gallini, the first of a short series on some of Philadelphia’s top chefs.
Gallini describes his video not as a tribute to Kearse’s remarkable culinary creations, but as a film that speaks to “his inspiring story and the way he works every day to influence others.”
Updates on the coming documentaries on Philadelphia’s chefs can be found here.
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Chris Kearse is preparing a special Pumpkin Tasting Menu for Tuesday, October 21st at Will BYOB. The five course dinner will be $55 and include dishes like Nori + Black Lime Cured Kampachi served with pumpkin seeds, kumquat and country ham dashi.
Take that, pumpkin spice latte.
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Chef Al Paris has been running a series of collaboration dinners at Heirloom, his Chestnut Hill BYOB. He’s already had Georges Perrier in the kitchen, cookbook author Aliza Green, and Josh Lawler from The Farm And The Fisherman, and now it’s time for Will’s Chris Kearse to step behind the stoves.
The dinner is happening October 8. It’ll run you $65 (plus tax and tip), and there will be two seatings, at 5:30 and 8pm.
And of course we have the menu.
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For the past couple weeks, we’ve been talking to a variety of Philly chefs and bartenders, asking them what they bring with them to eat and drink when they go down the shore. And now, for the next couple weeks, we’re going to be sharing with you their favorite recipes for snacks, cocktails and other delicious things so that you, too, can eat and drink like a pro.
It’s clear by reading the menu at Will BYOB that executive chef and owner, Chris Kearse, has a passion for featuring the freshest ingredients of the season, always with an added twist. Today, Kearse has shared his take on a traditional summer tomato salad for you to take down the shore with you.
But don’t fret. If you’re familiar with the chef’s elaborate and artfully designed plates, rest assured that you won’t need tweezers for this recipe. Chef Kearse’s tomato salad is delightfully simple, and showcases some of summer’s best produce.
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Chris Kearse is a chef’s chef. His technique and food make chefs like Eli Kulp a fan. So it isn’t surprising to see a couple of collaborations coming up with the chef/owner of Will BYOB.
This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.
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You grew up in Mossyrock, Washington. Is that a town of more or less than 100 people? Ha. Last time I saw, it had 498. My mom is from Holland; my dad is from New York. And they were sort of hippies traveling in the ’70s, doing their thing. They met and found this little plot of land in the middle of nowhere and bought it, put a single-wide trailer on it, and that’s where I grew up.
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Will is running a Tuesday Tasting Dinner series in which chef Chris Kearse takes one item and then crafts a complete menu around that single ingredient. And on Tuesday, May 20, that ingredient is morel mushrooms. Wild morels from Oregon, in this case. And there are still a few seats left.
The dinner is five courses. Tickets are $55. And you can get yours by calling the restaurant at 215-271-7683.
Oh, and yes. We have the menu. Check it out below.
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Cheu Noodle Bar is introducing a new monthly event. Once a month, they’re hosting a Ramen Rumble pitting two local chefs against each other to see who can create the best ramen.
The first event is next Monday, May 19th at 6 p.m. Sean Magee of Time and Chris Kearse of Will BYOB are the first contestants to face off.
The event is first-come, first-served. $25 gets you two mini-bowls of ramen, a beer and a card to vote for the winner.
Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]
Food & Wine is running a contest to recognize America’s best up-and-coming chefs. Six Philadelphia chefs are nominated for “The People’s Best New Chef – Midatlantic.”
Among the not-entirely-new chefs nominated are:
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Sancho Pistola’s is kicking off its new guest series, The Fishtown Taco Exchange Program with Will chef/owner, Chris Kearse on Monday, March 24th.
Sancho chef/co-owner Adan Trinidad is collaborating on Kearse on the taco that will be served only between 9 p.m. and midnight on Monday, March 24th.
The Will Sancho? taco is grilled lamb’s tongue, cole slaw and carrot barbecue sauce. Two tacos will be $13.
And since it is Chris’ Kearse’s taco, we imagine it might be the prettiest taco plate you’ve ever seen.
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]