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Combining Cultures and Passions: An Interview with Red Rooster Chef Rory Young

By Cyndi Amaya | June 7, 2012

Chef Rory Young

Many people often say that the one thing that can unite different cultures, even if the location, language, or customs vastly differ, is food. Clearly, every person eats and many cultures tend to have similar strong connections with food, even if the ingredients are different.

Similarly, most individuals have numerous passions in life, but it’s rare to see a seamless combination of them or transition from one to another. One exception, of course, can be between different arts since the common thread between all forms of art is creativity.

One particular chef at Red Rooster, Rory Young, has learned just how to combine not only cultures but also passions in life. Coming from a different culture than he was raised in, and having experienced different careers, Rory has now learned how to adapt to different customs, cuisines, and arts. From advertising to pastry and from Central America to the Upper West Side, Chef Rory sat down with us to share his many passions… Read More

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Amour et Macarons: Christina Ha and Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour

By Diana Tsuchida | May 30, 2012

Christina Ha and Simon Tung

Macaron Parlour's Christina Ha and Simon Tung

Behind a rainbow assortment of French confections that some people mistake as mini-hamburgers, Christina Ha and Simon Tung of the Macaron Parlour sit beneath their tent amidst the food and craft artisans gathered at the quaint Hester Street Fair. It is an unseasonably humid and sweltering Saturday, in which all but a few of their vibrant macarons are kept chilled under the table in a cooler. Yet Tung assures me that they still have full trays of every flavor ready-to-go for a much anticipated, tasty photo-op.

As I sit down with the newlyweds, it’s clear that their romantic chemistry fares well for their business. With a storefront opening this summer on St. Marks, Ha and Tung’s journey to macaron success began mostly with madness. Read More


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