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CHEF KRISTAL’S PAN SEARED SALMON, COCONUT RICE & MANGO SALSA

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Wow. That’s the only word that we think gives this recipe any justice. Chef Kristal’s Pan Seared Salmon, Coconut Rice & Mango Salsa Recipe is out of this world, and if the image above doesn’t make your mouth water, then we don’t know what to tell you! Read below and ‘wow’ your taste buds!

Ingredients

2 fillets of salmon

1 1/2 cup white rice

1 cup coconut milk

2 1/4 cup water

Salt to taste

1/2 onion, small diced

1 mango, diced

Half of red onion, diced

Green pepper, diced

Cilantro, one handful

Lime juice from half a lime

Pepper to taste

Olive oil

Directions

1. In a sauce pan, turn the stove on medium heat and drizzle the pan with olive oil.

2. Season the salmon with salt & pepper and pan sear on both sides for 5 minutes.

3. Drizzle olive oil into a pot and sweat the onions.

4. Add in the rice and toss the rice until it is coated with the onion and olive oil.

5. Add in the water, salt and coconut milk. Stir, cover with lid, and cook rice until the water has evaporated.

6. Chop up the red onion, mango, cilantro and green pepper.

7. Squeeze lime juice over this mixture and add 2 pinches of salt.

8. Toss and combine.

 

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CHEF KRISTAL’S SHRIMP & GRITS

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If you’re looking for a tasty, low-maintenance & exciting dish, then Chef Kristal’s Shrimp & Grits is the way to go!  Get your taste of some traditional soul food & read her recipe below!

Ingredients

1 lb shrimp

Salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder to taste

Olive oil

1 cup grits

3 cups milk

2 tbs butter

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Season shrimp with salt, pepper paprika, garlic powder and onion powder.

2. Heat sauce pan on medium heat and cook shrimp about 2 minutes on each side, or until pink.

3. Heat milk, season with salt, and then slowly add in the grits while constantly stirring.

4. Cook grits for about 20 minutes while constantly stirring or until smooth.

5. Once the grits are smooth add in the cheese and serve.

 

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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!

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

Jacoby Ponder - Chefuniforms.com February Chef of the Month_2016

February 2016 Chef of the Month – Jacoby Ponder, CC CPC

Jacoby Ponder - Chefuniforms.com February Chef of the Month_2016

After serving ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Personal and Private Chef, Chef Jacoby Ponder established FireSyde Chef & Co. in 2010. Ponder created FireSyde Chef to provide quality personal and private chef services to Hampton Roads, Virginia. He has received his extensive culinary arts and business management training at The Culinary Arts Institute of Virginia and ECPI University – graduating with both an Associates and Bachelors as a Private & Personal Chef.

With over a decade of experience in culinary arts, hospitality and business management, Ponder has acquired culinary skills to work in upscale environments. Ponder provides five-star meals for Admirals, foreign dignitaries, senior government executives, movie stars and celebrities alike. He has prepared dishes for names such as President George H. W. Bush, Bruce Willis, Vivica A. Fox, as well as reality television personalities on TLC’s “The SisterHood.” Ponder was a finalist on the Food Network hit show “Chopped”, where he placed as runner-up in the grueling Military Salute episode (Season 15, Episode 8) and now an uncontested win in September 2015 on Food Network’s latest and toughest hit series “CUTTHROAT KITCHEN.”

He is also very involved in his community and has been apart of the Virginia Beach Farmers Market (Featured Chef for Healthy Cooking and Wellness), Norfolk Public Schools (Chefs Move to School), Eat Fresh Buy Local (Featured Chef to Promote Buy Local Initiatives) and VA Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (Cooking Matters).

Congratulations Chef Ponder on being our Chef of the Month for February!

 

Birthplace: Monroe, Ga.

Where do you work and where are you based?

I work for myself (Private and Personal Chef) for the Hampton Roads Area of Va.

I am also the owner of Norfolk Kitchen Lab in Norfolk Va. that just opened. Nestled in the heart of the River View Community ( Norfolk), the Norfolk Kitchen Lab is your new place to experience food excellence and Chefs at their absolute best. With 3 engagement platforms, all culinary enthusiasts can live out their kitchen aspirations in the following ways:
– By renting a standard fully equipped kitchen for food prep,
– By becoming a student of private cooking classes and learning the finer points in regards to nutrition and healthy eating, and
– By attending a monthly 7 course “Chefs round table”  meal to enjoy a display of unmatched skills of the Chefs & Staff.
With several ways to interact and entertain (not to mention the sole use of fresh produce grown in 4 neighboring greenhouses), the Norfolk Kitchen Lab stands to be the newest and most prolific addition to the downtown area.

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

My favorite Kitchen tool is my knife! I love creating dishes from fresh and local grown ingredients.

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

My sense of smell!

What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Don’t be afraid to take chances, and be adaptable to change.

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

Be forever humble and also be a student of the Craft.

What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means a dish that is well thought out and smells good! Also taste even better, to make one reminisce.

What trends do you see emerging in the near future?

Most certainly a trend is a marriage of fresh locally grown ingredients, I see the industry moving to an “Eat Fresh Buy Local” theme.

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

Features like button styles, and fabric type like light fabrics that are flexible. Something that is urban and looks fashionable.

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

My go-to-outfit that I prefer would definitely be tees, pants and hats. I prefer Chef Jackets whenever I’m in a management capacity.

Favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient(s) to work with are fresh herbs and spices. I feel that they dictate the flavor profile of the dish which is very important.

Favorite City to eat out in?

My favorite city to eat out in would have to be between San Francisco or San Diego, anywhere in the bay area!

Best Dish you have ever made?

The best dish I have ever made would have to be my famous Herb Crusted Salmon.

Place you eat most often on your days off?

I love to eat at this one place in Norfolk Va. – Todd Jurich Bistro…… They have the best truffle fries ever!

Person you would most like to cook for?

I would love to cook for …..Umm…I don’t know. I’ve already cooked for the President so, I’ll have to think more on this question….

What is new on your DVR?

The latest episode of Food Network show Chopped!

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