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FEBRUARY 2019 CHEF OF THE MONTH- CHEF KRISTAL

We’re excited to introduce our February Chef of the Month- Chef Kristal Kirkland! Chef Kristal is a personal chef in the New York and New Jersey area with a passion for paprika, good food and determination! Chef Kristal followed her dreams and became a successful chef- and she advocates all aspiring chefs to do the same. We are thrilled to share her delicious AND healthy recipes, and we know that she will inspire current and future chefs to keep on dreaming. Read below to learn about Kristal’s story!                                               

 

 

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Long Island, NY, but raised in Queens, NY!

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I am a Personal Chef so I don’t have a set location for work, but my clients live in New York and New Jersey and I cook out of their homes

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

My favorite tool in the kitchen would have to be a channel. I love using it to create fruit platters! It makes an ordinary fruit platter look extraordinary. I use the channel by carving out pieces of oranges, lemons or watermelon and turn it into a cool design!

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

My sharpest sense is my sense of touch! Without using a thermometer, I can tell if steak or chicken is cooked by simply touching it.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

My advice to aspiring chefs would be to learn as much as you can and to keep practicing! After a while cooking will become so natural to you. Learn what flavors work well together and never stop believing in yourself (as cliché as it sounds)! When I first started cooking, I didn’t really see my full potential and always looked at other chefs and felt as if I would never be as good as them. But here I am, living out my dream and I’m so much better than I could have ever imagined! That’s why I say never stop believing in yourself…you never know what you are capable, and you might even surprise yourself.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Taste, taste, taste! You must always taste your food while cooking it and before sending it out to the customer/client!

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means that it is seasoned well, has fresh ingredients and is cooked to perfection. Overcooked food can really ruin a meal for me.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

I look for quality material when picking out a chef outfit because I want my chef outfits to last. I would rather spend the money on a good quality chef jacket than to buy a cheap jacket and have to constantly replace it throughout the year because of tears or the stains that won’t come out.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient to work with would have to be paprika/smoked paprika. I put that stuff in almost everything!

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

New York City, of course! It’s home for me but you can find almost every cuisine here!

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

My baked macaroni and cheese because my clients always wonder what’s in it. The spices and cream cheese that I put in it really kicks the macaroni up a notch.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 

I’m actually a pretty boring eater on my days off. I feel like I cook all of these gourmet meals for clients, but I never cook anything gourmet for myself. On my days off I tend to eat baked chicken, roasted sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli. If I’m not being healthy I will get something to eat from the Spanish spot by my house. I order baked chicken, rice and beans with a side of fried plantains!

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

I would like to cook for Barack Obama. I admire him as a person because I like the way he carries himself, how he speaks, how he treats others and his sense of humor. I think he has a lot of wisdom and I would love to learn from him

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I decided to become a chef simply because I enjoyed cooking and I realized I was happy whenever I was in the kitchen. However, when I attended culinary school I realized that there is a difference between cooking for your family and cooking for large groups of people. Culinary school was hard for me at first, but I stuck it out because the love for cooking was still there and it was always my dream to be a chef!

Connect with our February Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @ksoulsservices

Facebook: @KsoulsServices

Website: https://www.ksoulsservices.com/

CHEF KARMA’S HONEY BBQ GLAZED CORNISH HEN

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BBQ? Cornish Hen? Easy-to-make? Yes, please! Chef Karma has delighted us yet again with a mouth-watering recipe that is perfect for lunch or dinner! This Cornish Hen recipe is also a great dish to pair with Chef Karma’s Caribbean Yellow Rice and her famous Avocado Salad! Read more below:

Cornish Hen Ingredients

1 Cornish hen

1 cup pearl onions

1/2 c sliced carrots

1/3 yams diced

1 c chicken stock

2 tbsp complete seasoning, 1 tbsp salt, 1 tbsp pepper, 2 tsp paprika , 1 tsp cayenne, 2 tsp granulated garlic- mix together into a rub

1/2 c olive oil

Glaze  Ingredients

1 cup BBQ sauce

2 oz white vinegar

2 oz honey

2 oz soy sauce

Directions

1. Place Cornish hen, Pearl onions, sliced carrots, diced yams and chicken stock in oven-safe pan.

2. Combine all of the dry seasoning with oil and rub all over Cornish Hen.

3. Cover with aluminum foil and cook for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.

4. Remove aluminum foil and paint on honey barbecue sauce.

5. Cook for 7 minutes.

6. Enjoy your meal with your Caribbean Yellow Rice and Avocado Salad!

 

Connect with our January Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @prettychefsinternational

Facebook: @prettychefsllc

 

 

CHEF KARMA’S AVOCADO SALAD

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Who said healthy food can’t be delicious? Chef Karma has a delicious AND healthy treat for you- a Avocado Salad with a little spin to it! Now you can add a little flair to your meal in under ten minutes. Read below to find out how!

Ingredients

3 Avocados

1/2 cup red onions (small dice)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup Italian dressing

1/2 lemon (squeezed)

1 bag Tostones chips

Directions

1. Remove avocado pit and dice avocado into medium- sized pieces.

2. Save the avocado skin to use as a bowl later.

3. Toss all ingredients together into the avocado skin bowl (or a regular bowl if you’d prefer).

4. Scoop avocado salad into the bowl!

5. Use bag of Tostones as your spoon!

 

Connect with our January Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @prettychefsinternational

Facebook: @prettychefsllc

 

CHEF KARMA’S CARIBBEAN YELLOW RICE

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Rice is a staple food in the Caribbean (of course it is, it’s delicious!) and it’s often a great addition to any dish AND it’s easy-to-make. Chef Karma has a wonderful recipe to enhance any dish- her special Caribbean Yellow Rice! This is a flavorful & savory dish to make & we guarantee that it’s a crowd-pleaser! Get her recipe below!

Ingredients

1 cup Jasmine rice

1 cup Coconut Milk

1 cup Coconut Water

1/2 cup Water

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 pack Sazon

1/2 c chopped onions

1/2 c chopped bell peppers

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients.

2. Place in oven-safe baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees-or until rice is fully cooked.

3. Garnish with cilantro and peppers.

 

Connect with our January Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @prettychefsinternational

Facebook: @prettychefsllc

 

 

 

 

JANUARY 2019 CHEF OF THE MONTH- CHEF KARMA

It’s the new year & we’re so happy to introduce our January Chef of the Month, Chef Karma! Chef Karma is a private chef and event planner in South Florida! She is also one of the few female hibachi chefs in the United States. Highly innovative and creative, Chef Karma enjoys fusion-style cooking and loves to stand out in bright colors! We can’t wait to share her story and yummy recipes. Read below to learn more about Chef Karma!                                                                   

 

1. Where were you born?

St. Thomas United States Virgin Islands

2. Where do you work and where are you based?

I work as a private chef and event planner in South Florida.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?

I am a hibachi chef. This is the best way to describe how I create my masterpiece. I am one of the only female hibachi chefs in the US. I love to be innovative and creative, so I would call my style of cooking, fusion.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?

My sharpest sense out of the five senses would be taste. I have a very sensitive palette, so I can almost pinpoint every ingredient in a dish.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

The advice I would give you an aspiring chef is to make sure that cooking is what you love, not like, so that it does not feel like work.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?

Mise en plac…. This means everything in its place, preparation is imperative to a good service.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Euphoria. People eat with their eyes first, there nose second, and lastly their mouth.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 

I love bright colors, so my chef uniform always has to stand out.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I love the Mediterranean spice Tahini, it amplifies any taste in any type of food.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Miami, of course.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

Honey barbecue pulled pork on top of corn bread topped with homemade Cole Slaw

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 

I love sushi, all types of sushi!

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

I would love to cook for our last president, Barack Obama

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I believe that food brings people together, so I chose Culinary arts to make sure that I am a part of every single person’s laugh and every single person’s tear and making it memorable.

 

Connect with our January Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @prettychefsinternational

Facebook: @prettychefsllc

 

 

 

Check Out Our 2018 Chefs of the Year!

This year, 2018, has come and gone in the blink of an eye- cliché but true. The year has been complete with great food, fresh styles & delicious recipes, all thanks to our wonderful 2018 Chefs of the Month! Read below to find out more about what inspires & motivates our chefs & feel free to try some of their recipes!

January 2018- John Charles

Chef John attended Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas and worked in various Italian restaurants in New York to perfect his craft. He is now located in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, specializing in Italian cuisine.

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February 2018- Amy Irizarry

Chef Amy is the Executive Pastry Chef at Bite Bakery and Café in Downtown Utica, NY.

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March 2018- Patty Francis

Chef Patty has a passion for creativity. She loves to express her creative side through many avenues, and we are lucky that baking is one of them!

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April 2018- Simone Bridges

Chef Simone is a 12-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida who demonstrates excitement, drive and passion in everything she does. At such a young age, Chef Simone has been able to grow her business as the Goddess Food Factory including cooking classes and a subscription box!

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May 2018- Will Staten

Chef Staten is the founder and head chef of Ragin’ Cajun Cookin’, Dubs’ Rubs Spice Line and Dubs’ Po’ Boy Shop. You can find him in Las Vegas cooking or working on special projects.

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June 2018- Julie Herrera-Lemler

Chef Julie Herrera-Lemler is an prize-winning baker as well as a jack of all trades! If she is not baking, you can find her teaching baking classes, public speaking or even officiating weddings!

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July 2018- Andres Sen Sang

Chef Andres is a recent winner of Chef Showdown 8 with his signature Quinoa Latina and Chili 35 dish. If you do not find him in the kitchen as the Executive Chef for Suyo, a GastoFusion restuarant in the Bronx, you can find him with his family or working on his own business ventures – Eighty6Brand.

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August 2018- Claude Luciani

After growing up in the Bronx, Chef Claude Luciani made the move to South Florida where he now owns the Pizza Rustica Hollywood location. His mouthwatering, cheesy pizza will not disappoint!

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September 2018- Penelope Wong

Since childhood, Chef Penelope has spent her life in the kitchen, from working at her family’s restaurant to being the Executive Chef at Glenmoor Country Club in Colorado.

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October 2018- Morghan Medlock

Chef Morghan is one of a kind – she went from playing basketball to whipping up masterpieces in the kitchen. Chef Morghan has all aspects of the meal perfected from breakfast to dessert.

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November 2018- Gina Sansonia

Chef Gina is the Executive Chef/Owner of Cucina Bambina, a mobile, gourmet Italian eatery that is located in Hollywood, FL. Gina is a driven and passionate chef, with a zest for life…and basil!

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Happy New Year from Chefuniforms & a big THANK YOU to all of our amazing Chefs of the Month!

New Year, More Healthy Food!

The year 2018 is rapidly coming to an end and 2019 is just around the corner. You know what that means! New Years Resolutions. 

Every year we struggle with the tired and beaten resolution: I will eat healthy this year. Sometimes we complete our goal (kudos!) sometimes we make it halfway and then eat a bag of chips for dinner (it happens, we know), and sometimes our goal is just dust in the wind. After all, the phrase “delicious healthy food” sounds like an oxymoron…

But what if this year we could help out? What if this time, we had some amazing recipes from previous chefs of the months that are not only healthy, but also delicious?

Find some great options below and make 2019 your year!

1. Chef Mikey’s Watermelon Salad

A note from Chef Mikey: “The Watermelon salad is a light and refreshing salad that plays on the sweetness of the watermelon and the smooth texture of vine ripened Heirloom tomatoes. Some candied pistachios add a slight crunch, and the goat cheese panna cotta contrasts the watermelon just enough without overpowering the salad all together. Finally topped with a balsamic reduction and some finely shaved red onions, this salad is great anytime of the year.”

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2. Chef Megan’s Lemon & Rosemary Hummus

Not only is hummus a tasty treat, it also has a ton of health benefits!

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3. Chef Crump’s Grilled Shrimp Recipe

This is an excellent dish for dinner and a yummy summer meal!

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4. Chef Stefen’s Vegan Walnut-Kale-Basil Pesto

This vegan walnut-kale-basil pesto sauce pairs well with basically anything!

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5. Chef Penelope’s Pork Belly with Peas & Carrots

This vegan walnut-kale-basil pesto sauce pairs well with basically anything!

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5 Perfect Recipes for the Holidays

It’s the greatest time of year, and it’s all because of the…presents? The weather? The holiday movie specials on television? No, it’s pretty much all about the food. Picture a toasty evening by the fire, everyone is huddled up listening to the soft snow brushing up against the window, the eggnog has made its way into your belly, and the sleepiness after a good meal is starting to kick in. Best feeling ever.

We have five fantastic recipes from our Chefs of the Month that we’d love to share with you so you can have a great holiday meal too!

1.Chef Yvonne Anderson-Thomas’ Smoked Chicken Legs Recipe

Smoky and savory, this chicken recipe is sure to delight family and friends alike!

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3. Chef Claude’s Sirloin & Mushroom Casserole Recipe

Why not take a risk and try a juicy sirloin for a holiday meal? Chef Claude’s recipe is so delicious that we just can’t stop thinking about it!

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3. Chef Megan’s Spicy Gorgonzola Sweet Mashed Potatoes

Try a little spin on a classic dish!

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4. Chef Lauren’s Asian Pear Slaw

A salad is a great, yummy and healthy addition to any meal! Try adding this side salad to your main course!

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5. Chef Julie’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Fall and Winter has us pining for Pumpkin! Chef Julie’s delicious cupcakes will be the perfect sweet treat to any holiday meal!

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Some of the recipes above are traditional and some have a little twist. The holidays are all about joy and love, why not spread a little? Chef style!

 

Chef Gina’s Pesto Recipe

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Roasted Pesto Potatoes, Pesto Noodles, Caprese Grilled Cheese with Arugula Pesto and Pesto Salad. What do all these delicious dishes have in common? Pesto.

Pesto is a delicious, yet simple sauce that can be bought at any supermarket or grocery store, but Chef Gina has a better idea. She has shared a great and simple-to-make pesto recipe that is guaranteed to enhance the flavor to any dish! Find her recipe below.

Ingredients

Fresh Basil(2 -3 cups, but I say you can never have enough basil)

Sometimes I’ll add arugula if I have leftover for some extra kick & nice color 

Pignoli nuts (about 2-2.5 tablespoons)

Fresh garlic (to taste)

Cucina Bambina Extra Virgin Olive oil

Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

Directions

1. Blend basil, pignoli nuts and garlic in a blender. Gradually add the olive oil and Parmesan cheese until desired consistency.

2. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

3. Enjoy!

 

Connect with our November Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @cucinabambinainc

Twitter: @CucinaBambina

Facebook: Cucina Bambina Inc

Chef Gina’s Bruschetta Recipe

Bruschetta is a tasty and easy-to-make dish that can be a great compliment to an Italian entree, a delicious appetizer, or even a platter to serve while entertaining! Our Chef of the month, Gina Sansonia has shared her yummy Bruschetta recipe. Find it below!

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Ingredients

Roma tomatoes – small dice (leave seeds & juice that’s the best part!)

Chopped Basil

Cucina Bambina Extra virgin olive oil

Red onion – small dice (optional)

Salt

Pepper

1 clove of garlic – minced (you can use garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic)

1 baguette – thinly sliced on a bias

Directions

1. Lightly brush/drizzle olive oil on bread slices.

2. Season bread with salt and fresh pepper, then toast in the oven to a desired crisp.

3. Set aside and allow to cool.

4. In a separate bowl, mix all the ingredients.(You can do this a day or so in advance for the flavors to marinate together. The longer it sits, the better it tastes).

5. When ready to serve, spoon tomato mixture over your toasted bread. (I use a slotted spoon to ensure the bread isn’t too wet).

6. Spoon a little of the juice on top & garnish with extra basil.

7. Assemble when ready to serve & enjoy!

 

Connect with our November Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @cucinabambinainc

Twitter: @CucinaBambina

Facebook: Cucina Bambina Inc

 

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