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Ms.Cheezious Milkshakes!

Fire up the BBQ and get out the ice cream for this Fourth of July! There is nothing better than a creamy, cold milkshake on a hot summer day. We hope you celebrate your holiday in the sun with fun, friends, and food, of course! Chef Brian Mullins of Ms. Cheezious has come up with two unique shakes that you wont be able to resist!

First up is the Midnight Snack Shake.

Midnight Snack Coral Gables

Look no further for you sweet and savory needs than this outrageous shake! Your taste buds will be in heaven with a chocolate shake topped with chocolate covered potato chips, caramel corn, a peanut-dipped, chocolate covered pretzel and finally some whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.

For all of you with a need for sweet, check out the new Pastelito Shake.

Pastelito Shake

This new Miami-inspired concoction is a vanilla and guava shake garnished with a fresh guava filled pastelito on top of a mountain on whipped cream!

Don’t miss out on these delicious milkshakes and more from Ms.Cheezious!

Happy Fourth of July and happy eating!

June 2016 Chef of the Month – Brian Mullins

Brian Mullins-in the kitchen

Congratulations Chef Brian Mullins for being our Chef of the Month for June! See what cheesy concoctions he has been making in Miami!

Where were you born?                

I was born in Long Island, New York.

Where do you work and where are you based? 

I live and work in Miami.  I have food trucks and two brick and mortar locations for Ms. Cheezious.  It started as a food truck in 2010 and we opened our first brick and mortar on February 1, 2015 and our second this past April.

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

My favorite kitchen tool is a good knife.  It can become an expensive habit!

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

Hearing.  In the restaurant industry we need to listen to people and our guests’ feedback.  You can’t be emotional if someone doesn’t care for something.  You need to be able to hear them and make changes.  A lot of people don’t listen to what their customers have to say.

What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?  

Put in the time.  Learn to take every opportunity presented to you when you’re not working.  Ask to volunteer, to work with other chefs and offer to work at any event.  Keep your head, down mouth shut and observe what’s going on around you.  Be humble, pay attention and ask questions.

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

Proper seasoning in general, but especially salt.  It can change a lot of things so learn how to use it correctly.

What does good food mean to you?    

Good food means family. I grew up in a house where my mother, grandmother and aunts all cooked really well.  My best memories are of big meals made from scratch in the kitchen that took hours or days, depending on what they were cooking.  We all sat down together and ate really good meals. Now, my family and friends in the industry get together to create good meals and share those new memories.

What trends do you see emerging in the near future?  

No one is really doing shakes in Miami, so we brought it back. We launched them a month or so ago. Florida is so hot; everyone wants a cold milkshake.  We did a midnight snack shake – a chocolate shake with chocolate and peanut dipped pretzels, caramel popcorn and chocolate covered potato chips topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. For all the Miami people, we did a Pastelito shake with a guava cream cheese and vanilla base garnished with a fresh Pastelito on top.

What features are important to you when selecting a Chef Coat? (particular fabric, style, sleeve length, pockets)   

I want it to fit well and look good.  Who doesn’t want to look good?  I am big in the shoulders, so I need to be able to move.  The coat needs to be moveable and breathable.  I wear a lot of chef shirts.  Being in South Florida, it is hot all day, every day and even hotter in the kitchen.

Favorite ingredient to work with?    

Obviously, cheese.  But besides doing grilled cheese, I really love smoking meats and BBQ.  I like making pulled pork and ribs.

Favorite City to dine out in?   

New York. I love every place. There are so many people from so many places around the world that you can get anything. It’s so rich in culture.  If you want Mexican, someone from Mexico will make it or if you want dumplings, someone will make you authentic dumplings.  I can always have one more slice of pizza as a snack in between meals too.  I come home 10 pounds heavier from every trip!

Best Dish you have ever made?     

Probably ribs.  Like I said, I love smoking meats and barbecuing.  You can take a long time to prepare them to impart a lot of flavor, and I create a good sauce.  I can make them ahead of time and heat them up when I have friends over.  I never have a problem having people show up for my barbecue.

Place you eat most often on your days off?      

The Hillstone.  I always know what I am getting.  The food is good and the service is always great.  Since I have so few days off, I want to have a meal served to me properly. I don’t want to leave a restaurant mad on my day off.

Person you would most like to cook for?         

I would like to cook for José Andrés.  He seems like a cool guy to hang out with.  I would love to make Spanish food and tapas with him.  He has always been a super nice guy when I have met him in the past.  Like I said before, my best memories are good meals with family and I think cooking for him would be like that.

What made you decide to become a chef in the first place?       

I started cooking at a very young age.  Growing up, my mom was a single mom.  We would fend for ourselves from an early age.  When I was like 7, I would wake her up while she was sleeping to open jars.  She was always in the kitchen cooking and making breakfast, lunch and dinner for everyone.  After seeing my mom, grandmother and aunts cook, I wanted to emulate what they were doing. I would figure things out and make stuff that tasted good and get everyone sit down to have a good meal.

What is new on your DVR?      

You would have to ask my wife.  When I come home, I sit down and she puts on whatever she wants and I can just sit still finally.  I don’t get much time at work to sit still.

May 2016 Chef of the Month – Jimmy Rodriguez

Chef Jimmy's Blue Pic.

Congratulations Chef Jimmy Rodriguez for being our Chef of the Month for May!  Find out what Chef Jimmy has been up to while introducing big, new flavors to the BG Florida State Parks!

  1. Where were you born?

I was born in Havana, Cuba.  I was in Cuba until I was 12 years old.  I came over to America in ‘85.

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

I currently work for BG Florida Parks.  The three state parks included are Oleta River State Park, Hugh Birch State Park, and John U Lloyd State Park.  I am involved in turning the state park concession stands and Blue Marlin Fish House into a better dining experience.  I am implementing the use of higher quality products and standardized recipes that the entire company will follow and produce to my personal standards.

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

My favorite kitchen tool is my chef coat.  This is an important tool to help protect me from being burned and scratched in the kitchen.  It also gives me a sense of pride and lets people understand that there is a professional behind the wheel, but also a graduate that loves his craft.  In my chef coat, I always carry a thermometer, a flashlight, a knife and a sharpie.

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

Taste is my strongest sense.  I have trained my palate to know exactly what a dish will taste like before even needing to taste it.  With my training and experience, I am able to follow a standardized recipe and use the knowledge of the ingredients I am incorporating and not need to taste the dish.  Nothing has too much or too little seasoning.  This knowledge has led to much of my success.

  1. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

You must love your craft.  I hate culinary programs that fill students’ minds with the idea that “he who wants a college degree, not knowing the fire they are about to jump into, can get a degree.”  College kids think they can get a degree and get a top dollar job, and it’s the furthest thing from that.  Students should have a job in the industry before going to school so they know what they are getting themselves into.  You have to have a love for food and for the craft.

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

If you wouldn’t serve it to your mother, you should never serve it to your guests.  If you are in doubt, throw it out.  The quality of your product is a MUST.

  1. What does good food mean to you?

Good food is about texture and the timeliness of getting the dish to the customer.  The little details are important.  You want to be able to differentiate between every ingredient in each bite.  No one wants overcooked chicken and vegetables and mushy carrots.

  1. What trends do you see emerging in the near future?

I call it the Pan-American menu.  Many menus now relate to all types of people and can have French style cuisine, Caribbean style cuisine, etc. all on the same menu. With my real knowledge of different cuisines from Cuba, I want to make sure all restaurants have a mixture and that everyone has an alliance to the food being served.

  1. What features are important to you when selecting a Chef Coat? (particular fabric, style, sleeve length, pockets)

It needs to be durable, breathable, good quality material, and washes and dries well.  I prefer long sleeves with arm pockets to protect my arms and hold everything I need.

  1. What is your go-to chef outfit? Do you prefer coats, tees, pants, shorts, aprons, hats, etc.?

I always wear a bandana to keep my hair out of my face. Also, I use aprons only when prepping.  Don’t walk out of the prep area with an apron.  The apron protects the food from you, not you from the food.

  1. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Lately it has been Greek yogurt.  I try to incorporate it into everything, even my Caesar dressing has Greek yogurt in it.  I no longer use preservatives in my food, so you will not find any mayonnaise or sour cream in my kitchen.  I preserve everything with lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, etc. to keep it fresh.  Smaller batches with no preservatives is the secret to success.

  1. Favorite city to dine out in?

Miami.  There is a wide range of restaurants in all the different areas that have been built up like the Art District and Liberty City.

  1. Best dish you have ever made?

My Cilantro yogurt sauce.  I make an emulsification of Greek yogurt, extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs.  Always organic ingredients, no preservatives.  It goes with everything- fish, chicken, been, even French fries.

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

I eat mostly at home and don’t dine out a lot.  Lately I have been perfecting recipes for croquettes using different meats and fish with all fresh ingredients. I will have a line of croquettes and sauces out before 2017.

  1. Person you would most like to cook for?

My Wife! Dee Rodriguez, she is my biggest fan as well as my critic. My inspiration.

  1. What made you decide to become a chef?

In Cuba, I had been cooking since I was sitting in my grandmother’s lap.  When I came to America, I used to be a tour guide and air boat Captain.  At the end of the tour I would reach in and hold an alligator so people could take pictures.  Eventually, my wife told me it was too dangerous, so I went to culinary school.

  1. What is new on your DVR?

The Marlins baseball season from last year.  I didn’t watch it live, but I watch every minute of every game at my leisure.  I’m still finishing last season!

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