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Meat-Centric Menus

January 05, 2011 By Sarah Lemon Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — He’s known as Ashland’s top chef, but few diners locally have ever tasted Neil Clooney’s food. That’s about to change with this week’s soft opening of Smithfield’s, Clooney’s first foray as executive chef and proprietor. The “meat-centric” eatery is just a block away from […]

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Ashland man named Oregon Iron Chef

August 21, 2008 By Mandy Valencia Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly is known for some cutting-edge, original cuisine, and now chef Neil Clooney — the man behind the menu — has proven his skill at the state level, winning the Iron Chef Oregon competition. Clooney, head chef and part owner of Dragonfly, in […]

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Dragonfly chef takes home ‘Bronze Skillet’

November 6, 2007 By Julie French Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney and his sous chef Noah Edwards went home with the Bronze Skillet in the first Food & Wine Classic hosted by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at the Historic Ashland Armory this weekend. The duo beat out […]

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Cooking Under Pressure

November 5, 2007 By Julie French Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, OREGON — Dragonfly Café and Gardens Chef Neil Clooney spent this past Sunday in the kitchen, as he does on most weekends. But this time, he had scores of people watching over his shoulder and pressure-inducing music constantly reminding him that he had only 70 […]

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Culinary Combat

November 4, 2007 By Meg Landers Mail Tribune ASHLAND, OREGON — Armed with empty silver trays and heavy concentration, chefs and their assistants were poised to load up at the ingredients table as Dennis Slattery, master of ceremonies, prepared to launch an “Iron Chef” style cook-off. “Let’s get ready to crumble,” the MC said. The […]