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Two Alinea-related links that may be of interest

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Two Alinea links that may be of interest for those who have dined there, or just those who are curious about Chef Achatz.

First is a blog by a Duke University grad student and part-time cook who snagged a 5 night stage at Alinea earlier this summer. Reads best if you start on day one and work back to the final day, so I’ve linked to the 2nd page … scroll to the bottom to read the first day, which was pretty rough for the aspiring chef.

Pretty long (Tour Menu?) but worth reading in small bites.

http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/mnova...

Second link is to a 2003 article in the pre-Alinea days when Grant was a rising star chef at Trio. Most interesting parts to me were Trotter’s Godfather-like quotes from when Grant quit too soon ("Don't ever call me. Don't ever use me as a reference. Don't put me on your resume. As far as I am concerned, if you haven't worked here a year, you haven't worked here."), and the description of his four years with Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, which reads a lot different than what’s in the book “Alinea”.

http://www.newcitychicago.com/chicago...

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  1. Wow...thanks for the link. I can't believe the entire kitchen is cleaned every 2 hours. The other good point in the first article - and something I noticed on my visit - was that the kitchen was dead silent, save for clinking plates or searing pans. That place is truly amazing.