By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CBS) — Nicolas Elmi, who stars in this season of the TV series “Top Chef,” has quietly opened his 24-seat BYOB restaurant, called “Laurel,” at 1617 East Passyunk Ave.
“Laurel is the state flower of Pennsylvania,” he tells What’s Cooking. “We wanted to let people know that everything we’re doing is pretty mid-Atlantic and pretty indigenous to the state.”
Hear the full “Laurel” interview (runs 9:15)…
And in center city, the Garces Group has turned the former Chifa restaurant, at 707 Chestnut Street, into Rosa Blanca.
“He really wanted to bring authentic Cuban food to Philadelphia,” says Jessica Mogardo, Garces Group corporate pastry chef. She adds that proceeds from the chocolate cake at Rosa Blanca and all the Garces Group restaurants is donated to the Garces family’s charitable foundation.
“The highlight of the menu, I feel, is our Garces Family Foundation chocolate cake: our chocolate tres leches with caramelized bananas, almonds, and chocolate ice cream,” Mogardo says.
Hear the full “Rosa Blanca” interview below (runs 11:03)…
And chef Al Paris is opening his fourth restaurant, the Paris Bistro and Jazz Café.
“This is simple, guttural, spiritual, clean, three-ingredients-on-a-plate, excellent cookery,” he says.
The Paris Bistro is at 8229 Germantown Avenue, in the Chestnut Hill Hotel.
Hear the full “Paris Bistro” interview (runs 11:17)…
And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”