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HOMINY AND JAMES BEARD
Hominy Grill's chef/proprietor Robert Stehling has been invited to participate in preparing a dinner at the James Beard House in New York in honor of his former food mentor, Bill Neal. Stehling began his career as a dishwasher at Crook's Corner in the early 1980s and eventually rose to the position of executive chef.
"During the six years that I worked under Bill, I learned how to eat and from this I learned who I was. So much that we do at Hominy Grill today bears Bill's influence," Stehling said about his nostalgic experience working with Neal. Neal, who died in 1992, won acclaim for his cooking and for writing on Southern food and …