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In the JOK Kitchen with Chef David From The Prime Grill *Win*


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The Prime Grill is the premier kosher restaurant in New York.  In 2000, Joey Allaham, a Syrian Jewish immigrant born to a family of butchers, saw a gap in the marketplace for a kosher steakhouse that could rival the best steakhouses in New York City.  Opening in midtown Manhattan, Joey took a gamble that really paid off.  Hiring Chef David Kolotkin early, the two pioneers of upscale kosher cuisine brought kosher dining to a higher level.  With the publication of their first cookbook, we can now try to recreate some of their most popular recipes at home.  I probably need to get started on my dry-aging room…

The cookbook shares the personal stories of Joey and Chef David and what motivated them to create The Prime Grill.  There are pictures of the staff, kitchen and dining areas of the original Prime Grill restaurant space.  The Prime Grill moved to a new location just this year and I love the way this book pays homage to its recent past even as the restaurant team looks to its future.

Everyone at Joy of Kosher are big fans of Chef David Kolotkin and loved watching him compete with Chef Kami from Prime KO at our Holiday Chef Wars a few years ago.  We were lucky to be able to grab a few minutes with Chef David musing about the new cookbook and his experience at The Prime Grill.

corn and honey blinis with kosher caviar


How would you describe your cooking philosophy?

To make kosher food taste non kosher. :)

How has your culinary style changed from working at a kosher restaurant?

I like to cook American food with local seasonal ingredients.  I believe in using simple, high quality ingredients and making them taste great, the only thing that changed when I moved to a kosher restaurant was the mindset.  I still had a goal to make the best steak, not the best kosher steak.

Prime Grill Porcini Burgers

Prime Grill Porcini Burgers

What do you find to be the greatest challenge?

I have been doing this so long I am numb to the challenges of kosher.  The hardest part of my job is juggling the multiple location.  It is also challenging when we have events on Shabbat where everything has to be prepared ahead of time and don’t get me started on opening up after Shabbat. We have to choose dishes that will sit well or can be prepared and cooked quickly.

Are all the recipes in the book available at the restaurant?

We opened the new location with most of the recipes from the book. Some of them were on the menu before, but many are new or altered.  I have a smoked salmon fritter recipe in the book that I made at the old location, now I have a meat fryer so I have changed it to a beef bacon fritter.

Prime Grill Mustard and Garlic Confit Fillet

Mustard and Garlic Confit Fillet

When you are not behind the stove, what do you like to eat?

I love junk.  I love pizza and Chinese food. I don’t like fancy stuff, I think all this fusion food has just led to confusion.  I like to know what I am eating.

What is your earliest memory of cooking?

In the book I talked about how I was churning my own ice cream in the garage when I was 12, but even before that I used to go to my friends house to bake cookies.  My mom was a health nut and she never bought us things like that, so we would just make them.

When I was in 7th grade I switched schools and was able to choose classes, so I picked Home Ec, figured I would meet some nice girls and get to cook.  I ended up getting sick for a couple of weeks and when I returned they were sewing, switched to word working after that.  However, I did get to make one Chinese chicken dish that taught me about marinading.  Like so many great finds in cooking it happened by accident.  I prepared the dish with all the sauce and just before I was going to cook it, the bell rang, so I put it in the fridge and came back to cook it the next day.  It was so good that I went home and tried making it for my Father, but it wasn’t quite the same.  Only then did I realize that letting it sit overnight made all the difference.

Prime Grill Potato Cake

Potato Cake with Sweet Shallot Jam and Thyme

Here are a few recipes from the book as a preview:

Corn and Honey Blinis Topped with Bowfin Caviar

Porcini Mushroom Burgers

Mustard and Garlic Confit Filet

Potato Cake with Sweet Shallot Jam and Thyme


***Giveaway***  Thanks to Chef David for talking with us and for giving us a book for one of you to win!!!  All you have to do is leave a comment below and enter with the rafflecopter options for your chance to win in The Prime Grill Cookbook Giveaway.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




48 Responses to In the JOK Kitchen with Chef David From The Prime Grill *Win*

  1. avatar says: Sarah

    Yum! These recipes sound so good!

  2. avatar says: kne

    I don’t live near the restaurant, so it would be great to be able to try out the recipes at home.

  3. avatar says: chavie

    this cookbook looks amazing!

  4. avatar says: Sara S

    The Porcini Mushroom burgers sound wonderful!

  5. avatar says: MIRIAM

    Wow! Wish I’d gotten a chance to eat at this stunning restaurant while I was in NY! These recipes look fab!

  6. avatar says: Nechama

    The book should come with a demo/tasting too! :)

  7. avatar says: Raizy

    This cookbook looks great!

  8. That’s awesome! I wish I was close enough to visit that restaurant. But winning the cookbook would be almost as good.

  9. avatar says: Chana

    looks amazing!

  10. avatar says: Mary Garb

    Live in Texas and have only been to Prime Grill one time. Loved it and would love to have this book and these recipes.

  11. avatar says: sbaumser

    Wow i really want to try the porcini mushroom burger really badly!!!!!

    • FYI, I made a variation of the burger with ground veal, sauteed chopped criminis and dried mushroom powder – I call it my poor man’s version, because porcinis are expensive and it was really good.

  12. avatar says: Cheryl

    Can’t wait to try these recipes

  13. avatar says: Susan

    The food at the restaurant is delicious; looking forward to trying the recipes at home

  14. avatar says: hennie

    Would love to try some new recipes!

  15. avatar says: Hannah

    Looks amazing.

  16. this book looks amazing

  17. I was raised in N.Y.I miss it so much it hurts. Live in Florida for 20 years, would love to come back some time

  18. These recipes look and sound fantastic. I’d love to win this book.

  19. This cookbook looks like a winner !!! I collect cookbooks and cannot wait to add this book to my collection !!!

  20. My mom would love this.

  21. This is one cookbook I must have…would love to win it!

  22. this cookbook sound yum. would really like to win and finally learn to make a good burger ! and many other fleishig dishes.

  23. Prime Grill is the best! I would love to win this!

  24. avatar says: molly

    Looks like a great book!

  25. Looks like an amazing book, would love to win!

  26. I would love to win

  27. avatar says: Gila

    Wow! Would love to win.

  28. avatar says: esti

    Prime grill is one of my favorite places to eat- I am so excited to hear that they a cookbook for all their great recipes!

  29. avatar says: Wendy

    I think I will try the Filet on Friday. Sounds great!

  30. avatar says: deana c

    I would love this cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

  31. avatar says: Joy

    They all look delish!

  32. avatar says: Samantha

    That potato cake looks so good!!

  33. avatar says: faygie

    I also think the potato cake looks like a great thing to try. They don’t sell shallots where I live- would regular onions work instead?

  34. There are so many recipes I can’t wait to try!

  35. avatar says: Christine

    some great recipes

  36. avatar says: Tamar

    Prime Grill FTW. Would love it.

  37. avatar says: Rochel S

    Looks so good! Always looking for new recipes!

  38. thanks for the chance

  39. avatar says: Lily

    I love cookbooks! Kosher ones are among my favorites, of course!

  40. avatar says: shawna

    This looks awesome!

  41. avatar says: Heather B

    Thank you for the giveaway this looks like a great cookbook!

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