'Michael Laiskonis' on Serious Eats

Serious Eats Neighborhood Guides: Michael Laiskonis' Upper East Side

When Michael Laiskonis moved to New York eight years ago to take his place as Le Bernadin's pastry chef, he thought his Upper East Side digs would be temporary. He's been in the same place ever since, but he recently announced that he'll be leaving Eric Ripert's side to take a as creative director at the Institute of Culinary Education, where he'll teach and work on his first book. The past two months allowed him some time off to indulge at some of his favorite neighborhood spots, and from the looks of it, he'll be staying put for a while. More

Michael Laiskonis's 'Eureka' Moments

Michael Laiskonis Michael Laiskonis, executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin (and one of the more intriguing chef bloggers out there), lists his "eureka moments": Making mochi—the old school way—in OsakaTasting my first batch of home-brewed beer. Dumping my second batch down the drainStrolling the garden at the French Laundry between courses, peeking into the kitchen and noticing how quiet it was. After dinner, seeing the word finesse posted above the kitchen doorPicking apart lechon with bare hands in Puerto Rico And a lot more....... More

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