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March 2019 Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson

 

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We’re happy to introduce our March Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson! Chef John, also known as “The Soup King” is a Chef at Sophie’s Cork and Ale in North Carolina. He is a believer in going the extra mile for his customers and strongly believes that one must “be passionate or go home.” He first fell in love with the kitchen back in high school, and it his positive attitude , perseverance and passion that has led him to his successful chef career! Read below to learn more about Chef John’s Story!

 

 

 

 

1. Where were you born?

Frederick, MD

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

Sophie’s Cork and Ale, Lexington, NC

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

An immersion blender because it can be used for so many different things and dishes.

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

Vision. I like to believe I see everything around me.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Be passionate or go home.

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

Customer service and by that, I mean always going the extra mile for the customer and making the answer “no” impossible for the guests.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Bringing joy and smiles to faces with “good food”.

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

I mostly look for style, pockets, and heavy or light weight coats or shirts depending on the time of year.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I could not survive without honey

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Winston Salem, NC

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

In my opinion, it was the time I made bacon fat confit rabbit with cornmeal dusted okra, and parmesan polenta cakes.

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

Go to Mom’s house for dinner, good ‘ol southern food, hamburger steaks, friend chicken, mashed potatoes, greens beans etc.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

The first chef that ever gave me a chance in the kitchen when I was 17 years old, Sean Devine, I haven’t seen him since I was about 19, and I feel I’ve come such a long way and I know he would enjoy and be proud to eat one of my dishes.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

The kitchen culture and lifestyle, I feel in love with it as a young dishwasher still in high school.

Connect with our March Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chefjohnwilson

 

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 Carter’s Smoked Gouda Fundido

As the temperature outside rises, so do the number of invitations to BBQs, pool parties, and potlucks. This Smoked Gouda Fundido recipe from our April Chef of the Month, Carter Hull is the perfect party appetizer! No need to spend the extra money on food platters or time on elaborate dishes, this recipe is simple and combines outstanding Southwest flavors. Plus, it is a definite crowd pleaser and marvelous for sharing.

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Smoked Gouda Fundido

Ingredients:

8 oz Gouda cheese (I use a Dutch Gouda by Mill Dance)

4 oz cream cheese

4 oz sour cream

4 oz mayonnaise

5 strips of bacon

2 oz green chilies

1 tablespoon pimentos

1 teaspoon garlic

1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:

1. Cook bacon.  Pat dry and then crumble into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a saucepan on medium heat. Add minced garlic to the saucepan and cook until golden brown. Set aside.

3. Grate Gouda into a medium bowl. Add cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. Mix together. Slowly add crumbled bacon, green chilies, pimentos, and garlic to the gouda mixture. Mix until well until combined.

4. Pour into individual ramekins. Put ramekins into the oven and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Note: Fundido makes a great appetizer. The individual ramekins are nice for parties because you can place them in different locations so everyone is not gathered around the same dish.

Love Jr. Chef Carter’s recipes? See more of our April Chef of the Month here:

Instagram: @chef.carterhull

Twitter: @chef_carterhull

Chef Megan’s Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Hummus

Recipe10-All-NaturalRosemaryLemonHummusDip--800x533.jpgSpring is the perfect time to put all of your fresh ingredients to use. Our Chef of the Month, Megan wows us again with this fresh recipe. Not only is hummus a tasty treat, it also has a ton of health benefits. So get ready to hop into Spring with fresh food and spend less time preparing this dish and more time enjoying it with your friends.

Meyer Lemon & Rosemary Hummus

Serves:  4-6

Difficulty Level: Easy

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Tahini (you can find this in the international food section at most grocery stores)
  • Juice from 2-3 Meyer Lemons (OR 1-2 regular lemons if you can’t find Meyer Lemon which is a sweeter version of a traditional lemon)
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs (a small box is plenty)
  • 1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Jars of White Beans – drained and rinsed
  • Sea Salt

You will need:

  • Food Processor

Directions:

  • Place Beans, ½ the lemon juice, tahini, sea salt, and 2 rosemary sprigs (minus the stem) in the food processor along with ¼ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Puree and taste. For a creamier hummus, add an extra ¼ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of tahini
  • For a healthier/skinny version, cut the olive oil and tahini by half
  • Place the hummus in a circular deep serving bowl. Top with olive oil, a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, and some whole fresh rosemary sprigs

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with grilled chicken & veggies
  • Serve as an appetizer at a cocktail party and pair with pita chips, pretzels, and fresh chopped broccoli, pepper, cucumber, carrot, etc.
  • Use as a topping for a Greek salad
  • Make it ahead of time and pack for a healthy snack at work/school/camp/etc.

Don’t wanna miss a thing from Chef Megan? Follow her here:

Website: www.forkthisdish.com

Instagram: @forkthisdish

Twitter: @ForkThisDish

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