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At lunch, customers serve themselves gumbo from the buffet, which gives a firsthand look at what makes it so distinctive.No two ladles pulled from this gumbo will be the same, as each dunk brings up a different mix of ham hunks and sweet shrimp, hot sausage made in house and quartered crabs, their claws intact but the essence steeped into the earthy dark roux.A second book, Brown Sugar Kitchen: New Style Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland with a foreword by Michael Chabon, was released in 2014 by Chronicle Books.Holland is a regular guest chef on NBC's Today Show and CBS's The Talk.“It’s the way my mother cooked, the way my mother-in-law cooked, and they got it from their mothers, our grandmothers.“People have changed their recipes over the years.Not everything you see that’s called gumbo actually tastes like gumbo now. That’s what drives me.”The annual Essence Music Festival rolls into town this week as a celebration of African-American culture.Diners often associate Sichuan dishes with mouth-numbing spice and heat, but Gao believes this is a misunderstood element.

After all, gumbo is the central dish of a restaurant that proprietor Wayne Baquet proudly describes as Creole soul.The Holland family moved to Rochester, New York when Holland was two years old, when her father took a job with Eastman Kodak.and began her restaurant career in New York City as an assistant manager at Cornelia Street Café, Café Rakel and Nosmo King restaurants.She went on to work as a catering office manager, a tasting assistant for a wine importer, and a server at Mesa Grill before she committed to a career in the kitchen.Holland attended La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, where she received a Grand Diploma in 1992.