10.30.2009

Chef Five Bites: Santosh Tiptur

Santosh Tiptur is the executive pastry chef of Penn Quarter chocolate haven CoCo Sala. Tiptur began his career in 1990 at the Taj Bengal Hotel. He worked as executive pastry chef at the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Spa and Casino, and helped open Ritz-Carltons in South Beach and Grand Cayman. His menu at CoCo Sala offers chocolate tastings, but lots of savory items as well. (Don't miss the grilled cheese and tomato soup.) Here are his bites.

1. Garides me anitho (sauteed shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard and lemon juice) at Zaytinya

2. Lamb gucchi korma and garlic herb naan at Rasika

3. Spicy tuna tartare in sesame miso cones with shaved bonito and tobiko at The Source

4. Hamburger with tomato, cheese and Central mayonnaise at Central

5. Crepes filled with banana, Nutella, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream at Belga Café

Previous Chef Five Bites: Cathal Armstrong, Dani Arana, David Guas, Josh Short, Michel Richard, Haidar Karoum, Ryan Morgan, Shannon Overmiller, Anthony Chittum, Jonathan Krinn & Jon Mathieson, Victor Albisu, Vatche Benguian, John Snedden, Nicholas Stefanelli, Travis Olson, Brian Robinson, Cliff Wharton, Alex Bollinger, Massimo Fabbri, Daniel Bortnick, Rob Weland, Olivier Perret, Dennis Marron, Dean Gold, Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Geoff Tracy, Bart Vandaele, Rodney Scruggs, Clayton Miller, Alex McCoy, Steve Mannino, Will Artley, Kyle Bailey & Tiffany MacIsaac

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