Thursday, December 8, 2016

Food Fanatics Orientation for a Jr Chef

The food fanatics are a fanatical group of Chefs that are supported by US Foods. 

US Foods supplies restaurants with food, silver ware, cups, cook tops, prep-stations, and basically everything else a restaurant would need to operate.

There are only 31 food fanatics and they know how to rock and roll! 
Chef Jeff invited me to go to the Us Foods convention in Roanoke Virginia and do a demo. 

This might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people but if you want to be a Chef it is amazing. At the conference there were lots of cool products, I saw a lot of plates that I liked and there was a whole line of  sustainable bamboo paper plates. They had the US Food lines as well as some cool local products and even some specialty foods like New York bread.

They had meat, seafood, deli products, bread, appetizers, and most importantly the new products US Foods is offering. They had bone marrow, stout onion rings, and beer cheese with pretzels and a lot of other higher end food items.

It was very interesting to see where food trends are heading in Virginia, like the new grass fed beef rib eye and beef burgers it is nice to know that food is going to a more sustainable and tastier way. 

I met a lot of really cool chefs and got invited to be an honorary food fanatic!

That is me a Food Fanatic!

I know, I have been ignoring my blog and my writing is a bit rusty, ok a little more than just rusty!


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

I was on Inside Edition!

I was asked to do an interview for Inside Edition on the topic of should kids do reality TV shows? The whole kids doing reality TV has really taken off with Master Chef JR being the first and now there are kid versions of a lot of reality shows.
Which is really good for talented kids who want to show off their passion. One of the questions that they asked me was if the stress was to much for a kid to handle? Reality TV is very stressful even for the adults on shows, the stress on kids is evident but is it too much I don't think it is. When I think about kids that play competitive sports it does not seem quite as drastic as the stress of TV.
One of the things that I did not think about when I auditioned for Master Chef JR is that I needed more than just talent I needed parents who would support me though out the show and the journey luckily I have supportive parents.
Should the parents decide if the kid should be on a reality show? I really just don't know about that question it is pretty tricky to answer because on one hand it is the child's decision
but on the other the parents have to do whats best for the child it just really hard to answer. The nest question was if it was fun to do the show the answer to that is very easy
yes it was a lot of fun and an amazing opportunity. Over all it was cool to be on Inside Edition.
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

DIY Pancakes at Staks

Flipping out for your own pancakes?
Try Staks on Poplar.
The new breakfast joint has it going on, a carafe of pancake batter and a do it yourself table top griddle.

I really had a lot of fun making my pancakes and adding in extras. I have to say it was pricey for breakfast but it was fun.

My Grandma ordered some pancakes from the kitchen and she really liked them.
The local banana was good and all the ingredients were fresh just the amounts were small.

I think they should move the coffee from the front to maybe the back or some where and hire a barista - it was off putting to have the girl taking my money making my coffee and when my cup was cracked and dirty she just dumped the coffee into another cup! I did not want to drink it.

The interior was cute and fresh- it felt very fun.
The layout was a bit confusing with the door right next to the cash register.

Overall I had a good time but with our breakfast for three at $40 I am not sure when we will go back.

Love the cabbage Leaf
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Blue Chef Coat Double Thumbs Up To Blue Apron

Everyone really knows I love to cook and I just kind of create and plan out my ideas and menus in my head. I keep a recipe book, so that I don't forget. I also have a food journal and even a sketch book.

So when I started hearing about companies that send fresh food to your door, I was curious. What would this be like to get a box of food? Easy? Boring? Dull? Expensive?

Blue Apron Junior masterchefI ordered a 3 meal, 2 person plan from Blue Apron and to say I skeptical would be an understatement!

The website was easy to use, the recipes and food looked creative.

My first impressions were very positive.

When my box arrived it was on time and perfectly packaged! The food was in great shape and it all looked really fresh.

Now I am a very adventurous kid chef so to have three new ingredients was very surprising. I had heard of these ingredients, just never cooked them, so that got me even more excited.

First, I prepared the Lamb Burgers with the harrissa spread, and wow were they good. The directions were simple and straight forward, the pictures made it easy to follow.

I don't cook from recipes but I tried my best to stay straight with these.

 Had I been hacking them ,I would have added some mayo or yogurt to the harrissa and used the extra arugula in a side salad with the harrisa as a dressing. 

The carrot side was so simple and good we have made them since. The carrots were seasoned with caraway seeds and cumin. The meal did require some prep work but it was definitely worth it! I really loved my lunch.

It was a thumbs up! And I was starting to get impressed

Next up the Tamarind glazed cod.

The dish has included the glazed cod some zesty rice and a jicama cucumber topping.

I could not resist pan searing one piece of fish, I just needed that extra bit of control, all in all this was a great tasty dish! The tamarind was the new item for me and I really liked it. I plan to buy a bottle for the pantry.

The simple addition of lime zest to the rice just was genius and added a bunch of brightness to the plate.
I had lots of extra jicama and cucumber so I made a salad and that was a bonus.
Another thumbs up!

Last was the baked chicken with potato latkas and celery root.

The celery root was new to me and it was fabulous definitely a buy again! What a pop of fresh flavors! Now, my mom makes the best potato pancakes, so these were just ok for me. But if your mom does not make the best potato pancakes then these would be good.

I liked the apple mustard chutney and have made it several times since.

While one piece of chicken is technically enough for a serving I could have had another.

The roasted cabbage was very unusual and it was also unusual plating.

All in all the roasted veggies, pancakes and chicken made a great meal.

So you ask would I get it again?
Heck yeah! Hot lunch or dinner, fun to cook, easy but just a touch chefie, perfect packaging and ease for a busy schedule! Also this gets you cooking and gets the creative juices flowing!

If you are going to be a loyal Blue Apron customer then I would invest in two or three refrigerator bins to keep all the food together.

I hope to get another box ASAP!

And as an added surprise here is a special link from Blue Apron just for you!

Get 2 Meals Free On Your First Order!

Happy cooking

Love the Cabbage Leaf,
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Meeting The Master Chef

A Master Chef.

Now almost everyone knows I won a show with Master chef in the tittle but that does not make me a true Master Chef.
yes I can cook and I am a culinary prodigy sort of but I have never met a Master Chef until I met Chef Jose Gutterias 

To say there is a difference is an understatement. It isn't really the food or the class of restaurant. It is simply knowing you are the best and at the top of the game.

I have to say there is a down side to being crowned champion there is a high level of food to which I now feel almost convinced I must produce. Some of the pure fun is gone. There is more scrutiny.

Chef Jose understands. He is a top professional - simple or complex his food must be the best.

I met him and tried his TV dinner now when you think of a TV dinner you think of something from the frozen isle of the grocery store. But what Chef Jose presented was a simple mini 3 course dinner complete with salad, entree, and dessert. The entree included sole perfectly seared with an herb butter sauce and purée of sweet potato topped with red cabbage and apple and green beans. Excellent. A simple pear salad clean and fresh. And slice of pecan pie with a deep flavor it is hard to explain.

I loved it! Loved the time the chef spent with me and will be forever grateful.

Don't wait go- experience food at its best. You won't regret it.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

H.O.T Chicken

Hattie B's
When you live in Memphis one of the closest places to visit in the state is Nashville. I love to go to Nashville the city is big and just a lot different than Memphis.

Nashville is known for the famous hot chicken- it is a Crispy fried chicken with a hot oil pored on top after it is cooked.

I had to try it!

I happened to be going to Nashville for fun and I talked dad into trying Hattie B's hot chicken, I could not talk dad into trying the hottest chicken though.

Hattie B's was good crispy and hot- I got mild mom got medium and dad go mild. The hot was better than mild so don't chicken out and try the heat.
I had some amazing Mac and cheese very creamy! And some slaw that was just slaw.

I also enjoyed some black eyed pea salad it was very interesting it had bits of peppers and tomatoes in it. 
We shared a banana pudding and it was really pretty good. It had like a meringue in it and that made it unique.

I loved the graphics of the place and the chickens were just too cute.

Overall I liked it but you really cant beat Gus's for my favorite but it was still really good!

Love the cabbage

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Ultimate Burger

Memphis Best Burger Fest 2015.

Burger Fest is a big deal in Memphis and is always a lot of fun.
The Burger Fest changed locations from Minglewood plaza to Tiger Lane at the Liberty Bowl, Tiger Lane is a much bigger venue and gives the teams a lot more space to make delicious burgers.
The Festival has grown a lot since I did my first blog post on it.
Unfortunately the weather was not on our side it was very cold and gray but that did not stop the fun and the burgers!
I got to judge the veggie burgers and the regular burgers.
Dad also judged the veggie burgers.
The judging process is very secretive but the veggie burgers were very interesting and definitely gave me some ideas about how to make my veggie burger better.
The beef burgers were tasty and interesting two, the  competition burgers are a lot different than classic burgers just like BBQ.
There were also lots of cool food trucks and fun things to do.
I cant wait for next Best Burger Fest hopefully the weather will be better.
Love the cabbage

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