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OKG Newsletter

Topic: chef

Bite Size: 10-26-11

News and notes on OKC dining.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Team ’coco

Get a taste of the coastal life at Rococo’s upscale second spot in Northpark Mall.

Restaurant Reviews

Carol Smaglinski
Cooking with care, imagination and sophistication, Executive Chef Bruce Rinehart has run his flourishing Rococo Restaurant & Wine Bar at 2824 N. Pennsylvania with chef Don Duncan.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Practice makes perfect

Francis Tuttle’s new culinary training center is a cutting-edge facility.

Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
The scale of the school is immediately impressive. Massive pillars and vaulted ceilings are made inviting by soft lines, curving hallways and earthtoned upholstery. Everything about it says excellence.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Lane Whitesell

Lane Whitesell’s home town is Muscatine, Iowa. A single guy, he is an instructor in the chemistry department at the University of Central Oklahoma. Most people know him as the librarian and opera host at KCSC 90.1, broadcasting from the radio station on the Edmond campus.

A professional chef, too: “Yes, but I left that profession, went back to college and I have now been teaching for 19 years. I also cater wedding receptions and do parties, but I don’t look for jobs.”

Cheffed at: “Several, including Christopher’s and at Barry Switzer’s favorite, (the former) Pete’s Steak House and I taught cooking at Texas A&M.”

Your steady diet consists of: “Mostly fowl, but I have a freezer full of buffalo, venison and good and bad sausage.”

Good cook: “My friends say so — I will find something at the supermarket and call my friends (up to eight) and tell them I need to cook.”

Famous person you look like: “Nobody famous, but I have two ‘twins’ in Oklahoma City, and we don’t look like anybody else than one another.”

Relaxation time: “I do my share of reading, and I am waiting for the next David Weber set of science fiction, volume 5.”

All-time favorite cookbook: “Larousse Gastronomic, which assumes you know all the techniques in its recipes.”

Would love to have met: “Julia Child.”

Best-liked recipe: “Chicken Nordic, with boned and stuffed chicken pieces wrapped in ham and finished with white wine and the pan drippings. But you can’t beat a good prime rib.”

Would never eat: “Deep fried insects.”

Come back as:  “A 6-foot, 7-inch bass with a rolling voice.”

Most treasured possession: “My (many) autographs of famous opera singers from Joan Sutherland, Jeanette MacDonald to Pavarotti. I’ve gone to Santa Fe and Munich for opera.”

Get your creativity boost from: “Gardening and revolting against celebrity cookbooks, which are not-for-real cookbooks.”

No kitchen should ever be without: “Butter!”

by Carol Smaglinski 05.07.2012 2 years ago
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Home it

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff

Top Chef fan-favorite contestant Chris Crary will share kitchen tips and healthy recipes as part of the OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing. Plus, more than 200 exhibitors and 500 experts are on hand to provide ideas for remodeling, home improvement and outdoor living. Admission is $9; children under 12 are free. Call 800-466-7469 or visit


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lunch lady land


Gazette staff
 Guess what, everyone. Your kids have something to look forward to. Well, some of them do.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Scratch that

Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails satisfies your itch for an innovative local niche.

Food and Drink Features

Devon Green
The landscape of Oklahoma City’s food culture has grown over the past decade. The days of chain eateries on every corner are becoming a thing of the past. A passion for the restaurant industry is often a life commitment (or sentence, if you like), and you will often hear a chef talk about “the moment they were hooked.”
Wednesday, January 8, 2014