Tag Archives: Chef Eamon Lee

Chef’s Corner: Maximizing the Versatility of Sweet Corn

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Nothing speaks to fresh, local, and seasonal better than sweet corn in the summer. Locally, this remarkable ancient crop is abundant in July and August. There are five main types grown around the world: pod corn, the least known variety found in South and Central America; popping corn that originated in Peru; Indian corn that ...

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The French Dip: Back to Basics

Hot roast beef with a little horseradish sauce or mustard on a French roll and au jus on the side in which to drench it. It comes with mass appeal and culinary nostalgia that must be revered. There’s hardly a simpler or more enduring sandwich than this – and it’s American made. Baguette and au jus notwithstanding, France had nothing ...

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Seafood Stews

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC Seafood stew makes sense for your menu, both from a customer demand and food cost perspective. It’s an opportunity to showcase a myriad of seafood and get creative while maximizing value through full product utilization. And, with a nod toward classical cooking techniques, everything from fish bones to shrimp shells can be used when creating ...

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Make Some Dough with Breakfast Breads

breakfast bread

Look anywhere these days and you’ll discover breakfast and brunch are trending away from the traditional all-you-can-eat buffet towards carefully curated à la carte menus. Today’s  well-engineered brunch menus contain well-thought-out offerings; nothing is an afterthought – everything has a specific purpose. The same is true for breakfast breads, once used as a buffet profit-hedging tactic thanks to their tendency ...

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Why Beef Programs Matter

Beef Programs

By Chef Eamon Lee, CEC A great beef dish starts with a great product, and flavor is paramount. When positioned properly, premium beef provides high impact and perceived value on the menu and on the plate, invariably leading to increased profitability. When choosing a beef program, it’s critical to balance the right quality with the right menu price and the ...

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Maines Joins Markon for Annual Chef Summit

Chef Summit

Foodservice chefs across the country stepped out of their kitchens into fields and packing facilities to learn about the produce they use, and collaborate on new ways to integrate produce on menus through Markon Cooperative’s second annual Chef Summit. The Chef Summit, held in Monterey, California, brought together 22 chefs from Markon’s seven foodservice members and foodservice operators, including our ...

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Local, Organic and Fresh

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Many restaurants are incorporating organic, local foods into their menus and enjoying increased sales and positive feedback from customers. Why can’t this happen in your establishment? The most common resistance I hear is, “we’re not that kind of place,” “my customers won’t go for that fancy stuff,” or “local/organic ingredients are too expensive.” I used to say all of those ...

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