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John Bentley cooks for a cause

Original post made on Jun 22, 2009

John Bentley of John Bentley's restaurant in Woodside and Redwood City will be one of 10 Bay Area chefs to be featured at the Flavors Culinary Gala on Tuesday, June 23, at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside. The dinner is a benefit for the American Liver Foundation, Northern California and Nevada Division. Each chef will prepare a five-course dinner tableside for a table of 10 guests. Wine will be provided by Thomas Fogarty Winery.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jun 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Here's my chance to tell you about John Bentley. I was a volunteer chef assistant in Draeger's cooking school and Bentley was conducting a class. I was impressed by his food and his personal demeanor. He came back for another class and I approached him if I could be an apprentice in his kitchen in his Woodside restaurant. Long story short, I worked for him for two and a half years. His cooking is classic and terrific. He was a wonderful, patient teacher and I worked my butt off for him. And he is a wonderful human being. My time in his kitchen has marked me for the better for the rest of my life and I want to thank him for it.
I'll never forget this experience because of this outstanding person.

Martin


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