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January 2017 Chef of the Month Stefen Dobrec

 

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Chef Stefen is wearing ChefUniforms Bold Stripe Apron style #300BOL

Happy New Year, we hope you celebrated the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 with loved ones and great food! All of us at ChefUniforms are excited for another year of awesome chefs, great recipes, and exciting news coming your way.

We’re starting 2017 off with a bang and are very excited to introduce our January 2017 Chef of the Month, Stefen Dobrec! Read more about his life and journey as a chef below.

1. Where were you born?

I am from a little town called Danville in California.

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

I run my own website called BigChefLittleKitchen.com. The inspiration for the name came from me being almost 6’4” and cooking in my small Manhattan apartment kitchen. The name was one of those “ah-ha” moments that just came to me, I checked the domain and it was available so that’s how it all started.

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

My chef knife. Honestly, I use it the most, it is the tool I have invested the most money in. So much chopping goes on in the kitchen. I always say to invest in two things, your shoes and your bed. My third is a good chef knife.

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

Probably my taste. I am not a big recipe guy. I visualize it first and hope that through trial and error it turns out tasting the way I want it. Then after I taste it and perfect it, I go back and figure out the measurements for a recipe.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

The main advice I would offer aspiring chefs is to cook every day. Doesn’t matter if it’s one meal, three meals, or five meals. Cook something every day. I try to cook something new but even if I don’t and I end up cooking one of my staple dishes, every time I cook it I try to make the dish better.

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

Make and master scrambled eggs. It is the simplest thing, but it goes a long way. I’m sure most people feel the same way. There is an ongoing joke with my girlfriend’s side of the family that you have to “make Stefen eggs.” My only secret to delicious eggs is season them before hand and whip them with a form to make them light and fluffy.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food means a lot of things to me. It’s almost an event. It’s sight, the smell, the taste, the sounds, and the people you are with. Good food is just being around a table with family and friends and enjoying a variety of things.

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

I am pretty standard; I like to wear business casual. The biggest thing is the apron for me. My go-to is my apron over the top of a collared shirt with rolled up sleeves. I like my apron to have one or two pockets in the front, with sturdy material that I know will last after multiple washes. I also keep a towel because I am constantly washing my hands and need a place for my phone just in case I get sudden inspiration and want to add it to my notes.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient to work with is beets. They are so versatile. My signature dish is my beet sliders. They are a very underutilized vegetable. You can roast, grill, shred them; they can be sweet or savory. To me, the possibilities are endless.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

I have to say New York City. It is the culinary capital for a reason. There is a great mixture of 5-star restaurants as well as mom and pop places. Both have high quality and equally delicious foods. Plus, you can find whatever you are craving during any time of the day or night.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

Honestly my breakfast mac and cheese, it’s not as healthy as most of the other stuff I make, but honestly, it is ridiculous.  The mac itself has sweet potatoes and jalapeño, and the whole thing topped with a sunny-side egg. I personally like to add Sriracha too. It’s even better served with mimosas.

12. Place you eat most often on your days off?

My dining room table. I said my best advice is to cook every day and I try my best to abide by it. I cook breakfast and dinner almost every single day. And lunch most days as well. I am big on preparing my groceries the day I get them so it is easier to come home and throw something together.

13. Who is the person you would most like to cook for?

Honestly Bobby Flay. My love for food and cooking came when I was young and would come home after various practices and watch Boy Meets Grill or Iron Chef America.  Just to be able to cook for him and get his input and just talk to him about food and cooking would be insane.

14. What is new on your DVR?

I was all in on Westworld; So on my DVR I would say I’m most looking forward to starting the new show by Donald Glover, Atlanta.

Stay tuned and check back for some amazing recipes from Chef Stefen that will be shared throughout the month. Make sure to check out his website BigChefLittleKitchen.com and follow him on Instagram @bigcheflittlekitchen.

Give the Gift of Style for Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful moms out there! Today is the official day to honor our mothers and do for them what they do for us every day.  Today, we shower them with love and appreciation as we give them the day to sit back and relax.

There is nothing mothers love more than special moments shared with family.  We like to show our moms we care with gifts that will last a lifetime and help keep those special memories close to heart.  Make this Mother’s Day one she’ll remember forever with this stylish kitchen apparel.

Make sure your mom always looks dressed to impress in the kitchen with these great styles!

Women's Traditional Fit S-Shaped Chef Coat

Style # 61311

Add some style to your mom’s daily routine with this fitted, lightweight chef coat that is the perfect blend of comfort and style.

Full Length Butcher Apron

Style # F8

A mom’s best friend in the kitchen is her apron.  Check out this traditional apron available in a wide variety of colors.  Her new apron will ensure she is comfortable and protected while making great meals for the family!

Women's Attitude Chef Women's T-Shirt - Wonder Chef

Style # 11134WCH

If you want to make sure your mom feels like the super mom that she is, you can’t go wrong with this chef t-shirt! Let everyone know she is not only wonder mom, but also a wonder chef in the kitchen!

Your mom will shine like the star she is with some embroidery to her new coat or apron. Feel free to choose from our selection or create your own custom image or monogram to add some personal touches to her new kitchen gear.

Get all these great items and more at Chefuniforms.com!

5 Tips to help Chefs Survive Their First Job in the Kitchen

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We’ve seen how messy things can get when you don’t respect the kitchen. We’ve seen how accidents can happen when you aren’t paying attention. These things can and will happen, but a seasoned chef will know just how to avoid some common missteps and mistakes on the job. A newbie, however, will need all the help they can get – which is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to surviving your first job in the kitchen.

Be aware of your environment – kitchens can be loud, hectic and dangerous. Always know who and what is around you – and let others know when you’re near them. Learn to use these terms, if you want to keep your job (and your health), and look like you know what you’re doing:

  • Corner – coming around the corner
  • Behind you – walking behind someone
  • Sharp – walking with a sharp knife
  • Hot – walking with a hot pot

Keep a clean work space – Keep your station neat, clean and organized. That not only includes keeping all food and tools in their proper places, but keeping your chef coat or apron stain free, as well. For tips on how to keep your coat as clean as possible, read our blog, Keeping Your Chef Coat Clean During the Holidays.

Chefs first job in the Kitchen

Move efficiently – Don’t just run around the kitchen aimlessly. Know what you need, where to find it, and minimize the amount of time you spend moving around the kitchen. This is not only for your safety, but for the safety of everyone else in that kitchen. Be considerate to those around you and don’t crowd their work space by being in an area you don’t need to be in.

Don’t act like a know-it-all – Stop trying to impress everyone and do what you are told. You are new to this, and your head chef knows that. Don’t pretend to know everything just to show off. If anything, he or she will be happier to see you learning and producing consistently well-prepared dishes than to see you try something you saw on TV once and fail miserably. Always under promise and over deliver. Listen to your head chef and do as he or she says.

Last but not least, Stay Calm! – A professional kitchen is a high-pressure environment. If you are nervous or unsure, you will make everyone around you nervous as well. You can freak out on the inside, but outside you need to be calm, cool and collected. Focus on the task in front of you. Take it one step at a time, and get it right the first time. Don’t start yelling at everyone, unless you’re the head chef – unless you want a one way ticket out of his kitchen.

Chefs first job in the Kitchen

Can you think of any other tips for new kitchen staff? Post it below!

Hot off the Press!! Chefuniforms.com is featured in HGTV Magazine’s November 2014 Issue…

Chefuniforms.com Chef Adjustable Bib Apron - Chalk Stripe Black featured in HGTV Magazine November 2014You may not have noticed, but aprons have made a “come back” in the last couple of years. They seemed to have disappeared from homes around the time doing housework in high heels did circa 1960.

Today with so many more people interested in cooking, baking and entertaining at home – an apron makes perfect sense as a kitchen staple. They protect your clothes, you can wipe your hands on them and store items in the pockets.

Here at ChefUniforms.com, we are so excited that one of our professional style chef aprons, Chalk Stripe Black Adjustable Bib Apron was featured in the November 2014 issue of HGTV Magazine.

They featured a Kitchen Story showing how to get a “Restaurant look at home” and showcased different products in their “Get the Look” section.

Our “Chalk Stripe Black” Adjustable Bib Apron, Style # 4300CSB is 100% Medium Weight Twill. It has an 8” x 13” center divided pocket and adjustable neck straps to assure a customized fit. It’s 33″ long x 22 ½ inches” wide. This is a great look for both men and women!

And at only $9.99 they’re so affordable….you can try HGTV’s suggestions for their trendy “kitchen look” and get one or a few of our aprons for yourself! With the Holidays approaching, they would make great gifts and/or hostess gifts as well as for any time of the year.

Chefuniforms.com Chef Adjustable Bib Apron - Chalk Stripe Black featured in HGTV Magazine November 2014 Page 123Chefuniforms.com Chef Adjustable Bib Apron - Chalk Stripe Black featured in HGTV Magazine November 2014 Page 125The issue is already available in major grocery chains, pharmacies and other major retailers already. Check it out!

What do you think of our apron? What other great styles appeal to you?

Memorial Day BBQ – A Twist on Tradition

Memorial Day is the day that we remember and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Though we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day for almost 150 years in this country, the spirit of the holiday remains the same even today. However, the way in which we celebrate has certainly changed over the years. Where it began a sad, mourning holiday, it has grown into a celebration of life, a time to be with our loved ones and honor those lost.

Today, the most common celebration for Memorial Day is to have a barbecue. In fact, Memorial Day is the second most popular holiday for barbecuing (after July 4th). As you may have seen on our Facebook Page, we’ve dedicated this week to Memorial Day Barbecue ideas and recipes. So, we thought we’d take it a step further with some helpful techniques and tips for the big BBQ this weekend. Enjoy!

  • Give it time to heat up. In order to make sure your grill reaches the right temperature and kills off any bacteria that might be in there, be sure to preheat your grill 15-20 minutes before cooking.
  • A clean grill is a healthy grill. It’s easier to remove debris and residue from prior meals when the grill is hot. Use a wire grill brush on your grill rack after preheating to ensure a clean slate, and again after you use it.
  • Avoid sticky situations. Reduce sticking food by oiling up your grill rack. Use tongs to hold an oil-soaked paper towel (make sure it isn’t dripping into the flames), and rub it over the rack. Never use cooking spray on a hot grill.
  • Food poisoning (or worse) isn’t fun. Always use separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked food to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Contemplate before you marinate. Never baste food with the same liquid you marinated it in. Make extra marinade just for basting, or boil your marinating liquid before using it again. Refrigerate while marinating.
  • Reduce flare-ups. Try to use leaner cuts of meat, trim excess fat and remove the skin from poultry before grilling.
  • Think before you reach. Don’t forget, kebab skewers get hot on the grill. Enough said.
  • Know thy grill. Every grill is different, and will have different hotter and cooler spots. Know where those spots are so you can use them to your advantage.
  • Don’t lose the juice. When turning meat on the grill, use tongs or a spatula, rather than a fork, as piercing it can cause the juices to escape. When the meat is cooked, let it rest on a clean platter (tented with foil for better results) for about 10 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute evenly.
  • Dress the part. Don’t forget to put on your chef apron or chef coat before hitting the grill, to avoid splatter while cooking!

Grilling

While we do realize that “barbecue” and “grilling” are not interchangeable, for the purposes of our Memorial Day celebrations, we’ll assume they are.

A Chef’s Tool You Can’t Live Without

Every chef has his repertoire of masterpieces, and in creating these delectable dishes, they need great tools. To achieve excellence, they know that they need to arm themselves with the best! There is always that one tool that they just couldn’t do without; whether it’s Alton Brown’s (Food Network Star) Panini Press, Kyle Bailey’s (Birch and Barley) Immersion Blender, or Paula Deen’s (Paula’s Best Dishes) own grandmother’s spatula, even the best have that one thing they need in order to do their job.

Depending on the type of cuisine he or she creates, chefs will select those specific tools. Let’s go a step further and add that a chef’s tools give us an insight into his or her passion for their art as well as his or her attitude towards excellence.

Below is a list of some must-have tools to equip your kitchens with, along with the famous chefs who use them every day:.

  • Bamboo steamer
    • “It’s an elegant tool for cooking fish and vegetables to perfection.” – Tom Douglas (Dahlia Lounge, SeattlBamboo Steamere)
  • Knuckle pounder
    • “It makes smashing garlic and tenderizing meat so much fun—in an aggressive, beat-down kind of way.” – Nadia G (Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen)
  • Donabe smoker
    • “It infuses depths of flavor into meats, fish and vegetables. Smoking with tea leaves is an ancient Chinese technique with wonderfully exotic and fragrant results.” – Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger, Wellesley, MA)
  • Electric knife
    • “I love the way an electric knife can slice up roasts beautifully and easily. I actually still have the same knife my mom used when I was little.” – Melissa d’Arabian (Ten Dollar Dinners)
  • Microplane zester
    • “I can’t live without it. Love the zest of citrus, freshly grated horseradish for a pop, or a rich salty hard cheese”Zester – Michael Symon (Iron Chef America)
    • “1. Easier to clean than box graters.
      2. Shred, grates and zests all of these and more, perfectly: garlic, cheese, nutmeg, lemon, lime, orange, ginger, onion
      3. Super sturdy.
      4. Various sizes, shapes and gradients to choose.” – Sunny Anderson (Cooking for Real)
  • Mortar and Pestle
    • “I use it for many of my marinades, aiolis, rubs or pestos. I love it because it brings out all of the natural oils of the ingredients.” – Jose Garces (Iron Chef America)
    • “I love a mortar and pestle. Grinding toasted spices, mashing garlic cloves, connects me to my ingredients and makes tasty food!” – Alex Guarnaschelli (Iron Chef America)
  • Japanese fish scaler
    • “It is great for scale removal and does the job without damaging the flesh.” – Chris Cosentino (Incanto, San Francisco)
  • Laser thermometer
    • “It’s neater to work with as far as chocolate is concerned. Using a traditional thermometer that you have to insert into the chocolate gets very messy.” – Jacques Torres (Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York City)
  • Pressure cooker
    • “Braised short ribs in 25 minutes? Chicken stock with intense flavor without reduction in 15 minutes? The pressure cooker is a must-have in your home kitchen.” – Richard Blais (The Spence, Atlanta)
  • Cast-iron skillet
    • “It heats food evenly, is easy to clean and maintain, and looks cool in the kitchen. It’s the best pan for cooking a steak.” – Joey Campanaro (The Little Owl, New York City)

So the question is….what’s your must-have cooking tool? Is it your mixer? Your zester? Or perhaps a special knife that has some sentimental value to you? Maybe your special tool isn’t a “tool” at all, but a garment worn that makes your life easier at every turn. It’s hard to argue with the fact that a good chef apron can make your life as a chef easier. Marcus Samuelsson from TV’s Chopped says “I love my denim apron. It’s designed and crafted so well.” So what’s your must have tool? Let us know in the comments below!

Aprons

Want to see more famous chef must-have cooking tools? Visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/chefs-50-favorite-kitchen-tools/index.html for more.

Delicious Salmon Sliders

I found this great recipe for Salmon and wanted to share this with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Presented by ChefUniforms.com
Thai Salmon “Sliders” with Mango Red Pepper Salsa

For the sliders:

1 lb salmon fillet, skin removed
1 egg
2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
¼ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
¼ cup green onion, chopped (light green and green parts only)
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
½ tsp red chili flakes
olive oil (for frying)
1 package (12) small, soft dinner rolls (such as King’s Hawaiian)
butter or mayo as desired (for the rolls)

For the Salsa:

1 medium mango, peeled and chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
juice of one lime
¼ tsp red chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste

 Preparation:

Prepare the salsa first to allow time for the flavors to blend. Mix all of the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and chill, covered, for at least half an hour.

Using a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse salmon until coarsely ground. Add egg and pulse until well mixed. Transfer salmon mixture to a bowl. Add garlic, ginger, green onion, cilantro, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce and chili flakes and mix together thoroughly. Shape salmon mixture into 12 small patties and refrigerate, covered, for at least half an hour.

In a non-stick pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Fry salmon patties until lightly browned on one side, about 2-3 minutes. Flip patties over and cook until lightly browned on the other side, about 2 minutes. Check to see patties are cooked through.

Toast rolls if desired and spread with butter or mayo or both. Place one patty on each roll and top with a tablespoon or two of salsa.

Bon Appetite!!

Recipe Created by Jasmin Baron from Livonia, New York

Reprint Courtesy of www.marxfood.com

What did you think of this recipe?  Do you have a special recipe that you would like us to share with our readers?  If so, please send it in and if it tastes good, I will post it along with your name. 

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