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'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook

'Top Chef' Martin Whips Up a Cookbook

Arlene Mannlein | Herald and Review

TAYLORVILLE – Dave Martin, the chef from season one of Bravo television’s “Top Chef” with ties to Taylorville, apparently didn’t have enough to do, so he took up writing.

Let’s take a look.

He’s still with The Culinary Loft in New York City and just started a new workshop series there each of which feature seasonal, holiday or specific ingredients.

He’s still catering and still doing work with New York wine and food.

He’s focusing now on the opportunities of restaurant consulting, rather than be a permanent employee of a restaurant.

“It has been great,” he said in a telephone interview from New York. But it has also been stressful.

“It’s too much for me. I’m not 25 years old any more,” he added, that and the financial stress that is put upon the executive chef, especially in these economic times, is something he doesn’t mind leaving.

He plans by spring to have finalized a series of dinners in conjunction with his favorite vineyards in California, Oregon and Washington.

He’s working with Ronald McDonald House in New York City to develop a program for those who stay there during their children’s illness.

“I’ll be doing a monthly program,” he said, but also inviting other chefs to come and do programs, even cookie baking, with the families.

At the same time, he’s also working at developing a connection with Make-A-Wish Foundation. Working with both this group and the Ronald McDonald group are part of his goal to work with children.

“I don’t have kids, but I think kids need help today. I’ve got some time to give back now, and that’s kind of where I’m focusing my efforts.”