Monday, January 26, 2015

The Grand Peabody Hotel - Honorary Duck Master That is HDM!

Coco from Master Chef Jr came to Memphis to join us to watch the show. I mean we are both home schooled and it is more fun to be with friends then to be home alone.

She stayed in the GRAND Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. Now, if you have not come to Memphis or visited the Peabody you probably don't know what is so exciting about the Peabody. IT HAS DUCKS - Yes LIVE ducks in the fountain in the lobby. 

Now this is an old hotel- refinished in the most elegant style to which it was built. Dripping with wood and paint and flowers, NO Hipsters allowed with their modern rooms and diamond encrusted peep holes. This hotel is for those who want elegance of a long forgotten age and history and a story...

So, of course, there is a story here-- and Duck Master Anthony tells it with flair. He is the 5th Duck Master and it is a cool job! 

It goes like this -- The Delta starts in the Lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The old hotel had a manger in the 1930s and he was going hunting with some friends and some Jack Daniels Whiskey... and the live duck decoys were left in the lobby fountain. Now the next morning when they went downstairs the ducks were just swimming in the fountain and the guest loved it and a long standing tradition was born.

Then Mr Pembrose came into the picture and he said he could train the ducks to march from the fountain across a red carpet and into and elevator all the way to the roof, across the roof, and up to the duck palace where they would be sheltered for the night.

Now this Grand idea is true and today you can go to the Peabody Hotel and watch the ducks come into the fountain and leave the each night. Anthony with make it a great event!!!


Now what made this event even better was Coco and I being DUCK MASTERS- in APRONS and with Canes- As aspiring Chefs we had to promise to not cook DUCK at the Peabody!!! It was so much fun to march the ducks around the fountain and into the elevator!! 

Before the hotel tour, we got a tour of the kitchens and we even got to cook a Fillet with Chef Derek in the Capricio Grill. We also toured Chez Philipe and it was stunning!! Very posh and old fashionably GRAND. Now I love kitchen tours but this one really was the best yet, cause that filet was FINE!!!!

Thanks you so much Peabody Hotel, and Staff!

I loved it
Love the duck weed,
LOGAN HDM

The Peabody ducks are wild, only tour the hotel for 3 months and then are released to a restful island where they can then return to the wild if they desire.

P.S I went to the grand ballroom and spoke to the Memphis Chamber Luncheon 

P.P.S I went back to enjoy a night at the Peabody after I won MasterChef Jr.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fan Art !!! Thank You So Much !!!

Logan Guleff Winner MasterChef Junior Season 2 Season 3 MCJ2

Fan art!

Thanks to you, I now have enough fan art to make a fan art Gallery!!

I  receive tons of wonderful fan art from social media.

I think that if I printed-off ALL of it, I would not have enough wall to hang them on, and that is a predicament!

If you guys keep it up, I won't have enough ceiling too, and that would be a bigger predicament!

My favorite fan art masterpieces are the cartooned ones, just a bit more than the edited fan art masterpieces.

So keep drawing, doodling, editing, and creating!

I cant wait to see the next fan art masterpiece!

Love the cabbage leaf,
Logan


Here you go (more on the next post):





 
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Winner Logan Guleff USA Champion  MasterChef Junior Season 2 Fan Art 
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

St John's Soup Kitchen

Some of you have asked for this story, so I will share it.

This is very personal and it forever keeps me humble!



I went to the Soup Kitchen to cook. It is close to my home so I walked with my Mom. It was the Christmas meal and my good friend John was working. I headed to the kitchen but John stopped me and asked me to fill gift bags and pass out gifts. Now, this is a nice job a fine job but, not really what I love to do.

Of course, I did it that is what was needed. 

John noticed that I was not overly happy like I normally am and he asked me what I was missing. He is a super nice guy and knows that good Volunteers have to be doing what they love to do too. 


I told him I really just wanted to be cooking, but the meal was over and no cooking was left.


Now, no one gets turned away at St Johns, if it is at all possible - so when an elderly African American man came in no one could say, no food left.


John grabbed me and said he needed me to whip up something for this man. We got frozen bread, left over pasta sauce and some pepperoni. I mean the pantry was pretty bare. They had just fed 150 folks.


I made some sandwiches and nuked them, really this was not the best meal... not even a meal... not even a school lunch.. but it was all there was. 


We found some other items like a yogurt cup and some granola bars and then rushed out to bring the gentleman his dinner. 


John told him I had met President Obama and that I had made this food. His eyes welled up with tears, he clasped my hand and told me he was GRATEFUL and HONORED to shake my hand. The hand that shook President Obama's. His eyes glowed with gratitude and love. He said he was blessed I came out to cook for him. He told me he was proud of me and thanked me. 




My eyes filled with tears - this was not a steak dinner, not a soup kitchen dinner, and yet it was much better than being hungry.


As I walked back to my warm home with my frig filled with food - I cried, my Mom cried. 


I need to cook him Steak or something.....


I am GRATEFUL for all I have,

Always!

Love the cabbage Leaf,

Logan

Sunday, December 28, 2014

What Do You Do After You Win MasterChef Jr ?

You go to Universal Studios!

Behind the Scenes- First off after you win Masterchef Jr there is just a lot of waiting and work. Interviews, meetings...but you are really happy, so it is all good!

Now my Aunt and Uncle live in the LA area, so we popped in for a visit. We stayed with them a couple of days and had a great time. It was good to relax.

My Uncle works at Universal Studios so he hooked us up with a once in a lifetime trip to the Park. I mean we had passes and great food and fast passes and I even got to met the Head Executive Chef for Universal. I mean this is the guy who feeds over 20,000 people a DAY! Chef Eric was crazy nice to me! Now we could not tell him anything about what I had just done, so the Chef was just sharing his time with a fellow foodie.


Winner MasterChef Junior Logan Winner

 It was Amazing! I mean they have a great system to make and distribute all that food around the park and they make literally tons of it!
  Gru's Cafe was the Bomb - the fried mac and cheese and the Chicken and minion cupcakes all so good!


 

The V.I.P. had the prettiest buffet with the tastiest food ever. 




Everything was fresh and well cooked. Chef Eric runs a great staff of Chefs and restaurant managers. Everyone was friendly and I had the best day!
Logan Guleff Winner MasterChef Junior Minons Winner 

It was super fun and relaxing! Those fast passes really made it the best experience and the great staff made me feel like a rockstar. I was feeling pretty confused about winning and not being able to celebrate so this was just the most exciting way to celebrate without telling anyone!

Thanks Chef Eric, Uncle Israel, Universal staff. I had a blast and the new Minion ride was the best.



Masterchef Junior Logan

Friday, December 19, 2014

All My Blog Posts on MasterChef Junior Season 2 Episodes - Logan

Gordon Joe Elliot Logan MasterChef Junior Winner


Here are the links to all my blog posts for MasterChef Junior (Season 2) USA 2014


Episode 7: MasterChef Junior Final Episode : I AM THE MASTERCHEF JUNIOR


Episode 6 :  Episode 6 MasterChef Junior The Attack of The Salmon – Logan


Episode 5:  Episode 5 The Pop Up In MasterChef Junior


Episode 4:  MasterChef Junior Episode 4 Signature Dish

  
Episode 3:  MasterChef Junior Episode 3 The Journey Continues


Episode 2:  The MasterChef Junior Experience : Episode 2 - Pie??? Really!


Episode 1:  MCJ2 I finally get into the Masterchef Kitchen


Pre-Show:  The Beginning - From Memphis to Hollywood : MasterChef Junior Season 2 http://orderupwithlogan.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-beginning-from-memphis-to-hollywood.html

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MasterChef Junior Final Episode : I AM THE MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

Logan MasterChef Junior Winner Season 2 Memphis TN
Behind the scenes -

Ok when all your friends are gone, the pressure starts to mount. It has now become very real and I want to win. I believe I can win. I know I will win. I stopped being nervous and remembered that either way I am top 2 of MasterChef Junior. Pretty good for a kid whose Mom does Jewelry and whose Dad makes plastic!

I start thinking about what I want to cook- I feel I need to redeem myself on those spot prawns and pay homage to a local Chef who taught me how to cook fish, prawns, and scallops. Thanks, Chef Ben of Tsunami you are the best. The flavors of the Sun and Sea - salt and fish and Spain. I know my Madeleines are so very good and I think back to my very first friend on the show Berry and know I have to add her to my dish.

Logan MasterChef Junior Winner Season 2 USA 2014

I see my heart coming onto the plate - Chef Ben, Berry, Christmas cookie party madeleines, the salt fish, my love of olives and mayo... this is me. The MasterChef ingredients are the best I have ever used! So fresh and high end. I think my plan is ambitious, but Samuel is a great cook. He thinks he can beat me easily, but he does not know that in that Ring of Fire, I see my Dreams and I see my love of food and cooking all coming together.

Logan Guleff Winner MasterChef Junior Season 2

From my first pasta dish to walking into that MasterChef kitchen I am ready. I am going to add smoke to my aloi and it is going to be just perfect. The smoking gun takes me back to river and home and the Best Dang BBQ ever. I see my friends and family in each dish. I know Chef Graham and Chef Ramsay have taught me more than I imagined. I have real joy in my heart as I start to cook. My family is there to support me and I believe....

I work hard and stay with my plan- I even get to use liquid nitrogen a life goal! I am sure I can put my heart on that plate for the Judges.

Logan MasterChef Junior Winner Season 2 Final The End

When I stand there and Gordon Ramsay calls out my name and LOGAN rings through the studio and the confetti starts to fall I am just amazed. I feel for Samuel, I mean it hurts - I know it won't help but I hug him.

This is my night!

I AM THE MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

against all odds... I WIN it all.

Logan MCJ 2 Winner FOX Logan Guleff Winner MasterChef Junior Season 2


If you have been a member of TeamLogan all I can say is Thank You! Thank you for the support and the belief in me! It has made this journey more fun and this victory even sweeter! I am honored the judges chose me and I am honored you chose me!

Thank you so very much,

MASTERCHEF LOGAN

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Links to all my blog posts on the episodes:

Episode 7: MasterChef Junior Final Episode : I AM THE MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

Episode 6 :  Episode 6 MasterChef Junior The Attack of The Salmon – Logan

Episode 5:  Episode 5 The Pop Up In MasterChef Junior

Episode 4:  MasterChef Junior Episode 4 Signature Dish
  
Episode 3:  MasterChef Junior Episode 3 The Journey Continues

Episode 2:  The MasterChef Junior Experience : Episode 2 - Pie??? Really!

Episode 1:  MCJ2 I finally get into the Masterchef Kitchen

Pre-Show:  The Beginning - From Memphis to Hollywood : MasterChef Junior Season 2
http://orderupwithlogan.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-beginning-from-memphis-to-hollywood.html

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Episode 6 MasterChef Junior The Attack of The Salmon - Logan

Behind the scenes - 

Logan MasterChef Junior Salmon Memphis Cook Recipe Celebrity Chef


This is when we are all getting tired. Paramount seems like home now and here are some insider tips - They have a huge blue sky wall where Titanic the movie was, Not, I repeat, Not, filmed there. 

"The Coffee Bean" and "Water Tower" have amazing food suvies and coffee. Paramount is considered one of the most haunted places in LA and it is by a cemetery. One ghost is said to be of a young girl.... stage 19 and 5 are the most haunted....

Back to MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

I AM IN THE TOP 4

Oh my gosh! Now, I have cut up fish before, but never ever a fish as big and expensive as a SALMON (honestly I only weight 75 lbs). I mean really!!!! That is a huge fish.


Logan MasterChef Junior Salmon Memphis Cook Recipe Celebrity Chef


I picked the one with the freshest looking eye and hauled it back to my station. I tried my best to slice deep and fillet it like I have practiced at home. I really tried my best. This was a bad day--- wasting food in my house is a BIG deal- a HUGE deal... I feel crushed! Mortified!  Very disappointed in myself.

When Adaiah gives me only 5 ingredients it is tough. I think of all the things I could  have made - Salmon with caviar sour cream sauce, Ravioli, Salmon with quail eggs - I really wanted a shot! I decided to try comfiting my Salmon. It is a huge risk! I would normally have added other spices, made something more....


Logan MasterChef Junior Salmon Memphis Cook Recipe


I start the poaching, make a dill lemon salt, puree some broccoli rabe, ruin some potatoes and redo them... IT is all a risk! Will my first ever Comfit Salmon taste good?? Go big or Go home!

When Adaiah and Abby are sent home -  my heart is pounding a mile a minute! I can't figure out just what has happened! I see Abby crying and my heart is hurting - but her Dad is just the BEST and he gets her a fancy cake and she is ok! It was tough.

Abby MasterChef Junior Eliminated 2014 USAAdaiah MasterChef Junior Eliminated 2014 USA

I AM IN THE FINALS

I am going to cook my heart out and I am going to plate like I have never plated before - I am going to put myself (Logan) on that plate and show them my heart!

You had better WATCH!







Links to all my blog posts on the episodes:

Episode 7: MasterChef Junior Final Episode : I AM THE MASTERCHEF JUNIOR

Episode 6 :  Episode 6 MasterChef Junior The Attack of The Salmon – Logan

Episode 5:  Episode 5 The Pop Up In MasterChef Junior

Episode 4:  MasterChef Junior Episode 4 Signature Dish
  
Episode 3:  MasterChef Junior Episode 3 The Journey Continues

Episode 2:  The MasterChef Junior Experience : Episode 2 - Pie??? Really!

Episode 1:  MCJ2 I finally get into the Masterchef Kitchen

Pre-Show:  The Beginning - From Memphis to Hollywood : MasterChef Junior Season 2
http://orderupwithlogan.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-beginning-from-memphis-to-hollywood.html