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Israeli hotel chefs create a culinary revolution

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/from_hollywood_to_the_holy_land/article/israeli_hotel_chefs_create_a_culinary_revolution_20101019

Gone are the days when visiting American tourists were satisfied being served a colorless, uninspired boiled chicken in an Israeli hotel dining room. Today, when tourists sit down to breakfast or dinner in a five-star hotel in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Eilat, they are virtually guaranteed colorful kosher culinary experiences comparable to those of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles, New York or Paris. As if to underscore the quantum leap in the Israeli kitchen, Israel’s Channel 10 recently televised a local take of the popular reality TV show “Iron Chef.” In the Israeli version, a top-ranked Parisian chef was flown to the Jewish state to challenge local hotel and restaurant chefs in an array of steamy cook-offs. Much to the Frenchman’s surprise, his Israeli counterparts were more than a match for his culinary expertise.

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