Sweet Success: Q&A with Stephanie Chen of “The Great American Baking Show”

Stephanie Chen brought black sesame macarons, curry puffs and a pineapple bread Santa to the third iteration of “The Great American Baking Show” this year – dazzling celebrity pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini and British cookbook author Mary Berry with her bold flavors and knack for decoration. Even though the freelance advertising executive only started seriously baking about five years ago, Chen made it all the way to the finale and nearly took home the title. She shared her experiences on the…

Rediscovering Ramen: A Chat with Toki Underground’s Chef-Owner Erik Bruner-Yang

[caption id="attachment_9985" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Photo by Hannah Colclazier"][/caption]Erik Bruner-Yang may have opened Toki Underground in Washington, D.C. two and a half years ago, but lines at the modern ramen shop haven’t gotten any shorter. A casual survey of Yelp reviews shows three or four hour waits on weekends—and customers willing to stick around.“We’re lucky that we have such a good clientele and that we’re busy every day,” he says. “We’re still…