Are You What You Cook?

Coming up is ~ARE YOU WHAT YOU COOK?~, a celebrity chef panel discussion hosted by the Asian Culinary Forum (ACF), a new non-profit focused on educating the public on Asian food and culture (this is their launch event).

The panel discussion will feature San Francisco area food experts, including Charles Phan, executive chef of Slanted Door, Eric Gower, author of The Breakaway Cook, Kelly Degala, executive chef at Pres a Vi and Va de Vi, Michele Mah, former executive chef of Ponzu and the upcoming Midi, and Kirti Pant, executive chef of Junnoon. They'll share how they developed their signature styles and how their personal and professional experiences have shaped their vision of Asian cuisine. The moderator is Linda Carucci, chef director, International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California, San Francisco.

Slanted Door and Va de Vi will provide a light buffet of savory appetizers. Elaine Villamin, Eden Canyon Vineyards' owner and winemaker, will be pouring tastes of her family's Cabernet blend.

And mark your calendars: ACF's first major weekend-long celebration of Asian food culture, Asian Food Beyond Borders, is scheduled for October 10–12, 2008. The first of its kind in the nation, the event will celebrate Asian food and culture through a wide range of activities such as tasting-and-learning sessions, guided tours, cooking and wine-and-food pairing classes, and an all-day discussion forum with preeminent Asian food experts. For more information on the event and registration dates, please visit

Are You What You Cook?
Tue. July 21, 2008

One Ferry Building, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA


6pm registration and wine reception
6:30pm–8:30pm panel discussion

$35 general admission
$25 restaurant trade or full-time student (with ID)