This week we profile local chefs Reilly Meehan and Charles Phan.
Chef Phan is a winner of the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef: California and owner of San Franciscos’s The Slanted Door, which has been touted as America’s best Vietnamese restaurant. This is the only place we know where you can taste Lychee cotton candy.
Santa Cruzan, Reilly Meehan, is the current “International Best Young Chef.” Meehan is the first American and the youngest chef ever to win the competition for that honor.
We shot the show, surrounded by chocolate, on location at Marini’s Candies in Downtown Santa Cruz. Marini’s is nearly 100 years old and the originator of chocolate covered bacon craze. The Marinis have dipped a lot of things in chocolate, from apricots to grasshoppers, but bacon is their biggest hit. They show us how they make it in the clip above.