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Oui, Chef was a force on food52 back in the fall -- runner-up in our fig contest with his Fig and Anise Clafoutis and winner of the pork and cider contest with his Cider Brined Pork with Calvados, Mustard and Thyme. When he took a 2-month hiatus from the site earlier this year, we missed him dearly -- for his well-articulated recipes, impeccably styled photos and original renderings of classic flavors, like Chicken Pot Pie Provençal and Crimson Bulleit Punch

When he ventured back to the site in April, he promptly received four Editors' Pick mentions in a row (feast your eyes on Sea Scallops with Puy Lentils and Fennel Cream and Smokey Caesar Salad with Rosemary to see how) -- clearly food52 is a brighter place with Oui, Chef around. He also recently took two years off work to study cooking in France and now blogs from his home in Massachusetts about teaching his five children the joys in cooking and eating. We're now trying to figure out how we can become honorary members of his brood. See Oui, Chef's profile page and fan him here.

Read his profile Q&A below:

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Cock's Combs
  • What do you cook when home alone?
    A stinky cheese, mushroom and herb omelette
  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    My wooden salt pig that I bought in Paris.
  • Your ideal meal:
    Duck confit, roasted potatoes and a simple green salad.
  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    Anything by Heston Blumenthal.
  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    Embarrasingly, a few hundred.
  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Always turning my back just before the milk boils over.
  • Your favorite cookbook:
    The Balthazar Cookbook


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Comments (15)


about 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Major congratulations for a very well deserved spotlight! My husband and I've been traveling in Europe the last 3 weeks and just now catching up on all the F52 news and saw this. You're definitely one of the F52 MVPs - I always enjoy the recipes you post!


over 5 years ago theicp

Yay! I'm a big fan too!


over 5 years ago shayma

many congrats to one of my fave bloggers and new friend- well deserved. x shayma


over 5 years ago ENunn

Ditto on everything! Oui, oui, oui.


over 5 years ago Oui, Chef

WOW....y'all are making me blush a little. Thank you all for your lovely comments, and to Amanda, Merrill, and the rest of the gang at Food52 HQ for the award of the cook spotlight. I'm honored and excited to be part of such a vibrant community, and look forward each week to the food and the passion that we all share here. Sorry to have missed some of the fun, but so happy to be back with you all! Cheers - S


over 5 years ago WinnieAb

So happy to see Steve/Oui Chef in the spotlight! Such a talented cook who takes excellent photos of such thoughtful recipes!


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Congrats Oui, Chef! Lovely to see you in the spotlight!


over 5 years ago TasteFood

Well deserved praise, Oui Chef. Congratulations!


over 5 years ago Kelsey Banfield

Welcome back Oui, Chef, we are glad to see you!


over 5 years ago thirschfeld

So glad to see the spotlight and so glad you are back


over 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Yay! I'm a huge fan :)


over 5 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations!!! Well deserved spotlight. I love your photos.


over 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

"Clearly food52 is a brighter place with Oui, Chef around." I second that emotion!


over 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Hooray! I've hoped to see more of Oui, Chef - I, too, wondered when he went missing earlier this year. Wonderful spotlight and well-deserved.


over 5 years ago Culinista Annouchka

Congratulations! I love your blog!