Michael J Cirino

Michael J Cirino is a cook. He is not a chef. He has cooked in a myriad of places that sometimes resemble a kitchen but never in any place that makes its living serving the public libations or gastronomy. Michael co-founded a razor, a shiny knife with Daniel Castaño in the summer of 2007 over many a Sunday-booze-facilitated-bocce-game spent talking about the dinner they would cook after the sunset. From these simple meals, questions arose and each Sunday became another chance to learn and explore.

Michael is the voice of this website and narrator for the adventures described within. He is the driving force behind a razor, a shiny knife creating and executing each event with an ever increasing team of amazing and inspirational friends. He has soft hands and rarely cuts or burns himself anymore.

Thank you for reading his words and for accepting this third-person writing style for the creation of this low-sodium bio.


A collection of Photos of Michael J Cirino

."\n"[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_212.jpg]9960Gratuitous
A gratuitous displays of pasta
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Michael explaining the easiest way to put food in your mouth, without it exploding all over your face
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A singular slice of black truffle to be placed on the last of the dishes completing the course
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A serious moment of enjoyment
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After six sleepless nights preparing for this weekends event in San Francisco I asked not to be awoken until we had gotten off the plane and picked up our rental car. The team was nice enough to let me sleep all the way to the HouseKu
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My wartime propaganda photo
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In the throws of plating the tweezers are busted out and i get dirty with some nano mint or orgeanol or some-nonsense
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A close inspection of our venison tartar at our A Stark Meal with Ideas and Food.
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Michael Cirino displays the duck stock which has been reduced six times until it is a jelly. Photo by Jennifer May for the New York Times
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Michael Cirino with the chicken skin wrapped tenderloins which were cooked using an immersion circulator
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I wasn't in the best of moods this day to be completely fair
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This picture proves without a shadow of a doubt that I am taller than Kristen.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3516.jpg]320Quiet time in the yard
Just a little break from the Japanese film crew and the intense heat of our small kitchen chock full of people
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Getting rained on in the most delicate of ways.
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After hours in the kitchen with a mean temperature over 35C i was just about ready to fall down.
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Sweat cannot be regulated in clothes of this nature
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A confit of Japanese spring onions
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Knife Sharpening with some awesome sunlight
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because if you are going to do something you should do it right.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_shiny_knife-20080920159.jpg]190A Little Snack for Jonny
Mr Cigar was hungry in the middle of his performance so he stopped by for some onions.
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After many years things were finally "Patched Up"
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A vicious display of our silkie chickens
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Hi there you cute little black skinned chicken who is really gamy and hard to cook.
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I was definitely confused more than just this once.
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A quick trip to the line before service at our Locally Sourced dinner.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2009-10-11-kitchen-26.jpg]160Lost ingredients
Hunting down that missing...
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A dark moment right before we unleashed hell upon the remaining dinners
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2007-piggy-2-013.jpg]150Duck fat injections
I got my career started by injecting duck fat into things
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2007-piggy-2-011.jpg]220Duck Fat Pig
Adding clarified duck fat that had been season with chili peppers and garlic into the lean sections of a pig before roasting it is a terrible idea, unless you want the pig to be delicious.
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[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_220.jpg]60Preparing Mille-Feullie
Putting the final touches on two orders of Mille-Feullie
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_279.jpg]60Foie Gras
Hard Decisions with dealing with a cake of Foie Gras that cost a couple of hundred dollars and many man hours of labor
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_86.jpg]40Michael Making Pasta
Roughly one large egg per 90g of flour
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_img_0759.jpg]40Black Truffle Explosion Plating
That last slice of truffle finding its home on top of this last "Black Truffle Explosion"
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_img_0773.jpg]50Calotte de Boeuf Grillee
Ah the power of beef
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_img_0816.jpg]40Beefery
Slicing and portioning beef rib cap for Thomas Keller's Calotte de boeuf
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_img_0818.jpg]40Battle Continues
Bringing the rested beef from the butcher block on to the plates.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_img_0843.jpg]50A commanding gesture
Late in the evening when words had lost there meaning we reverted to hand gestures and grunting
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2009-01-san-francisco-106.jpg]70Service - San Francisco
Half way through our Keller/Achatz dinner in San Francisco I realized that I was wearing a sweater that had a pink stripe in it, so I made everything black and white until I figure out where the sweater came from and if I liked it or not.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2009-01-san-francisco-180.jpg]70Michael at Ma(i)sonry
Michael relaxing at Ma(i)sonry after a very nice visit to the French Laundry and a delightful conversation with chef Cory Lee
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_2009-01-san-francisco-203.jpg]70Celebratory Fast Food
After our San Francisco dinner we took a short trip up to Napa to say hello to some people at the French Laundry, get lunch at an amazing restaurant on the side of a hill and then take a nap in the sun. On the way back we stopped for In and Out burger.
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It is so hard to get Mark to take watermelons seriously.
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Behind the HouseKu I get some chin wagging in and Jonny reminds us how well we should all look. While being blurry.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_aaimg_0285.jpg]60Bowls
Carefully assembling each hand crafted bowl with its stable ingredients awaiting the hot and cold potatoes.
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Carefully assembling each hand crafted bowl with its stable ingredients awaiting the hot and cold potatoes.
[img src=http://www.arazorashinyknife.com/wp-content/gallery/michael/thumbs/thumbs_p1000189.jpg]90No Garbage Can
I didn't have access to a garbage can and I was producing a lot of waste, so what do you want from me.
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Daniel Castaño Andrew Rosenberg

3 Responses to “Michael J Cirino”

  1. Experiencia culinaria diferente en el Metro de Nueva york « La Vaca Kamikaze
    on May 15th, 2011
    @ 07:42

    [...] puesta en escena estuvo orquestada por Michael J Cirino, fundador junto a Daniel Castaño de “A razor, a shiny knife” (una navaja, un cuchillo [...]

  2. Locomotive Dining, New York-Style | I Do Believe I Came with a Hat
    on May 22nd, 2011
    @ 23:50

    [...] The lunch was not squared away with the Metropolitan Transport Authority so everything had to be quick and removable. The six-course lunch—which was consumed in only half an hour—was eaten on “tables” made of narrow black planks tied to the handrails with string. Food was prepared off the train and delivered on-board at various stops, except for cheese and dessert, which had their finishing flourishes made on the subway car. ”We wanted to challenge ourselves,” said one of the organisers, Michael Cirino. [...]

  3. Cool As Ice (Cream, Made With Liquid Nitrogen) | The Bloggery by Underground Eats
    on Jul 3rd, 2012
    @ 15:21

    [...] and ice cream for our members with Studiofeast‘s Mike Lee and a razor, a shiny knife‘s Michael Cirino, the original food [...]

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