by Steven Doyle
If you are missing the fantastic Latin cooking of Chef Anastacia Quinones, we are about to make you smile and hungry. It has been some time since AQ left her executive chef post at Komali when she took a position with Dallas school district as a culinary instructor. You may recall her other stints at Alma and Victor Tango. We truly enjoy what AQ does to a plate and now we have spotted her handiwork once again, this time off Legacy in Plano at Mexican Sugar.
AQ is responsible for the new menu revamp at Mexican Sugar as a consultant. We spoke with the chef today and she said, “I’ve known John Franke [corporate chef for concepts such as Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake and Velvet Taco] for about 6 years. I met him when I moved back from San Francisco six years ago. We’ve always tried to work together but other things always came up. When this opportunity came up, I couldn’t say no.” Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, renowned Executive Chef Anastacia Quinones will partner with Peak & Elm, Friday February 14th, to offer a deliciously romantic Valentine’s Day dinner featuring all locally sourced ingredients from the Dallas Farmers Market. Anastacia, also known as AQ, served as Executive Chef at Dallas restaurants Alma and Komali, but now works as a culinary instructor at Molina High School. This event marks her debut back into kitchen.
Live music and service provided by Molina High School students under the direction of Chef AQ will make the evening truly one of a kind. Patrons can definitely expect a warm dining experience full of culture and tradition. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Maneet Chauhan, judge on the Food Network’s Chopped and Iron Chef contestant is on a 40 city tour of the country to promote her new book Flavors Of My World (co-written Doug Singer). A rock star type luxury coach is transporting her and a film crew for a month a total of over 8,500 miles and maintaining a grueling daily schedule. This Friday she was in Dallas for a book signing, followed by an afternoon conducting a Pro-Start cooking competition for high school students (Pro-Start is a program of the National Restaurant Association to promote interest in in culinary careers), and then overseeing a Celebrity Chef Dinner at Komali. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Thanksgiving is upon us once again and all the gobblers are running for cover. To get you in the mood for a little fun and relaxation we asked a few chefs around Dallas several questions so we get our dinner cooked just right. We will run their answers both today and tomorrow, so check back often to see how your favorite chef weighs in on the holiday.
Anastacia Quinones is the genius in the kitchen at Abraham Salum’s Mexico City-style restaurant, Komali. The press loves AQ and she has had many accolades in her culinary career. As we enter into this holiday season AQ is about to make a few traditions of her own, and is expecting the birth of her daughter on New Year’s Eve. Continue reading