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CHEF DAYANNE’S EGGPLANT AND WALNUT MEATBALLS RECIPE

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Chef Dayanne’s Eggplant & Walnut Meatball recipe is both vegetarian and carnivore approved! Try this new spin at a traditional dish- trust us, you won’t regret it AND it’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 egg white
  • Handful of roasted & chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt & pepper
  • Marinara Sauce

Directions

1.  Bring the oven to 365 degrees.

2. Slice the eggplant in fine layers and place them in a large tray.

3. Add salt to both sides of the eggplant layers and place a paper towel on top.

4. Let rest for 15 minutes, the eggplant will “sweat” some water. Dry up with paper towel.

5. Place the eggplant in a greased baking sheet, coat with olive oil and bake until becomes golden brown.

6. Let the eggplant cool down a bit and bring to a food processor. Add shredded mozzarella, garlic powder and half of the bread crumbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Once the mixture is nice and soft, transfer to a bowl. Add the egg whites and stir well, you should have a nice, thick paste.

7. Add the chopped walnuts and mix by hand.

8. Bring the rest of the bread crumbs to a plate and assemble the meatballs. Make sure your hands are wet, make small-sized balls, and roll them in bread crumbs.

9. Bring a skillet to with olive oil to the stove in medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the meatballs, make sure to rotate them so they cook evenly.

10. Add Marinara sauce.

11. Add some basil leaves for garnish, extra cheese if you desire and ENJOY!

 

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CHEF DAYANNE’S ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI RECIPE

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If you’re craving pasta, but still want to eat healthy, then Chef Dayanne’s Zucchini Ravioli Recipe is perfect for you! The dish is made of eggplant and mozzarella zucchini- definitely a delicious alternative to traditional ravioli. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella or ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of San Marzano Plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions for Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Roast the eggplant until soft, let it cool down.

3. Remove the flesh from the eggplant and place in a bowl.

4. Add the eggs and mozzarella and mix everything very well.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Directions for Zucchini Layers

It is ideal to have a Mandoline for this part of the recipe, but if you don’t have one
don’t get discouraged. You can still use a potato peeler or practice your knife skills.
Just be very careful!

1. Slice the zucchini in very thin and even layers, this is very important.

2. Add Salt and Pepper to taste to the zucchini.

 

How to Assemble

1. If you have a square mold (it is not necessary but will help you a lot) place the zucchini layers forming a cross.

2. Place some of the filling in the middle.

3. Very carefully bring the sides of the zucchini towards the center, making a nice square shape, and making sure the filling doesn’t come out.

4. Use a cooking brush to put some olive oil on top and place onto a baking sheet.

5. Continue this process until done with filling.

6. Bake all the ravioli until golden brown.

 

Directions for Tomato Sauce

1. Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil until translucent.

2. Add 2 minced garlic cloves. Add San Marzano plum tomatoes and mix well.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. To regulate acidity add a teaspoon of sugar or more if necessary. You can also add some water if sauce becomes too thick.

5. Bring the heat to low until the tomatoes dissolve.

6. At the very end, add some Chiffonade basil.

7. Mix well

 

Directions for Green Sauce

1. Bring a quarter pot of water to boil (Have a bowl full of iced water next to you).

2. Place the bunch of basil leaves into the boiling water and immediately transfer into the iced water.

3. With a hand blender, mix the basil with garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper

4. Plate and enjoy!

 

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Website: http://www.dayannekadosh.com/

Gridiron Grill-Off 2018 Chef Spotlight: Chef David Hackett

Who’s ready for some football & grilling!? We are revving up for our 3rd year attending the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival on November 10, 2018 at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater – the ultimate celebrity culinary competition for charity. We would like to introduce one of the incredible chef’s dedicating his time and talent to support charity through the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival, Chef David Hackett, the Director of Culinary & Executive Chef for the Biltmore Hotel.

Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and a 1988 graduate of Chicago’s Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the best and oldest culinary schools in the country, located in the City of Colleges of Chicago Kennedy – King Campus. Chef Dave began his culinary journey at the very early age of 12, he has now been in the Hospitality Industry for over 40 years.

Chef Dave has been the Executive Chef of many prestigious properties and resorts such as the Westin Diplomat Hotel, Westin Charlotte, Mansion at Forsyth Park, Doral Golf Resort & Spa and the JW Marriott Dubai to name a few. Chef Hackett has competed and medaled in numerous ACF, Societe Culinaire Philanthropic, Geneva Association Culinary Art salons and NICA Ice carving competitions throughout his career both local and international; including the 1996 IKA Culinary Olympics and the 1998 Le Salon Culinaire International de Londres.
Chef Hackett is a professional member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs as Conseiller Culinaire Provincial for the Southeast Region, American Culinary Federation Active Member and a Lifetime Ambassador of the WACS Emirates Culinary Guild.
He continues to give back to the community and chairs “Chefs Up Front – Flipany” and “Chefs out of the Kitchen” charitable events throughout the year.

Learn more about Chef Hackett!

1. Who inspired you to become a Chef?

I did not want to be a chef at the beginning, I wanted to be architect. But once I started working in a popular steakhouse / rib joint on the south side of Chicago and I got to see how creative a chef could be and how many different mediums of food products to work with I was hooked. Chef Paul Young and the owner of the restaurant Karoly told my father I was a natural in the kitchen and I should pursue a career in the industry.

2. What nationalities or trends inspire your cuisine? (ie Thai, French, casual American, tex-mex)

Having worked and traveled throughout my career I have adopted a few to create my style of cooking (French is what your taught in school, Italian and Mexican is what I grew on and far east for its bold unique flavors and ingredients) Creating new foods is what I love most!

3. What is one of your favorite ingredients and why?

Sea salt and Fresh Cracked Black Pepper – simple and clean to bring out the best in food.

4. Why did you decide to participate in the Gridiron Grill-Off on November 10?

It is very hard to say no to John Offerdahl! He is a fantastic individual! Anything I can do to help support him and his foundation I am in.
5. What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival?

Supporting John by making money for the foundation, having fun, networking and WINNING IT FOR THE 5th time with my longtime partner #25 Louis Oliver!! (2010 champ, 2011 champ, 2012 people’s choice champ and 2017 champ)

6. Any recommendations for those planning to attend the Gridiron Grill-Off for the first time?

Come hungry, pace yourself, have fun and enjoy a great time and vote for Chef Dave – The Biltmore Hotel!!

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Chef Robyn Almodovar

September 2014 Chef of the Month, Robyn Almodovar

Chef Robyn Almodovar, Chefuniforms.com Chef of the Month for September found on blog.chefuniforms.comChef Robyn Almodovar is the owner and chef of her own Gourmet Food Truck, Palate Party. Whether she is catering for celebrities such as mega producer Timbaland, actor John Corbett, Gym Class Heroes Travie McCoy and DJ Irie or hosting viewing parties of her own shot to stardom on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen, a Season 10 “Top Finalist,” Chef Almodovar is out to ensure there is a party in the mouth every time. Since then, her path to the kitchen has made many twists and turns. Some of her accolades include Fabulous Five Female Chef’s Flavors of Fort Lauderdale 2012, Best Of the Best Miami New Times 2013 – Best Food Truck,  Al Gusto Homestead Food Truck Basket- First Place and Top 30 Taste Makers of Broward County by Broward New Times 2013. The beauty school drop-out pursued nursing and cosmetology before officially coasting into cuisine professionally thanks to the coaxing of a late night infomercial.  Throughout her career, Chef Almodovar has methodically mastered every position in the kitchen. Her culinary experience ranges from working as a line cook at Big Bear’s Brewing Company in Coral Springs, Florida, to Executive Chef at Jeff’s Beach House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2008, she took to the high seas and managed the kitchen of a 172″ yacht, Lady Windridge. In 2011, with enough courage and tenacity to strike out on her own, she purchased a 24″ food truck and founded “Palate Party,” a fresh, mobile food caf that utilizes locally sourced ingredients. Plate Party was the first female-owned, non-dessert food truck in South Florida and it’s the only truck with a custom stage built on top for live entertainment, dancing and musical performances. Chef Almodovar manages the restaurant and splits her time between catering gigs and dominating the local food truck circle scene.

 

Congratulations Chef Robyn Almodovar on being our Chef of the Month for September!

Your food truck and Mushroom Risotto Balls rock!

 

1. What is the name of your company and where are you based?

Palate Party, South Florida

 

2. What is your birthplace?

Brooklyn, New York

 

3. What made you decide to become a chef?

I have always been great with my hands and found that the best way to help people is feed their bellies. Cooking is healing and I wanted to be a chef.

 

4. What do you enjoy doing outside of being a chef?

Riding bikes, skateboarding, dancing – hence the reason, I have a stage on top of my food truck).

 

5. What is your favorite social media platform?

Instagram and Twitter

 

6. What is your Must Have Kitchen Tool?

Spoon – a nice tablespoon

Robyn Almodovar's must-have kitchen tool found on blog.chefuniforms.com

 

7. What is your specialty dish?

Mushroom Risotto Balls

Robyn Almodovar's Mushroom Risotto Balls found on blog.chefuniforms.com

 

 

 Robyn Almodovar Palate Party Menu found on blog.chefuniforms.comRobyn Almodovar Palate Party Menu

 

8. What’s the strangest thing you ever ate?

Sheep Balls – just not for me.

 

9. Who would you most like to cook for?

My grandmother, “my Nanny.” She inspired me to become a chef.

 

10. Do you enjoy dining out on your free time? What is your favorite type of cuisine?

I do. I love Italian – Casa D’Angelo is my favorite restaurant.

 

11. What features are important to you when selecting a Chef Coat?

Mobility around the arms, lightness and flexibility. I like Egyptian cotton and short sleeves as I do a lot of outside events and ¾ sleeves for high end events.

Robyn Almodovar Palate Party Food Truck found on blog.chefuniforms.com

Food Truck Scene in Plantation Park, Plantation Florida

~Her experience and advice~

12. How long have you been a chef and where did you study?

4 years and I studied at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta.

 

13. What education or experience would you recommend for aspiring chefs?

To never give up. Stay true to who you are, be passionate and never stop learning. Starting from the bottom is not a bad thing.

 

14. What would you recommend as far as on-the-job training?

To be a sponge. Absorb everything thing you can. Respect the Head Chef and who you work with. Always ask questions. Don’t be afraid to continue your education.

 

15. What is your greatest challenge in getting the ingredients you need?

Finding local purveyors that have a reputable product.

 

16. Do you try to experience your competitors’ food? Do you ever get ideas from them?

Yes. I always find ways to make their ideas better.

 

17. Do you think it is important to visit the markets rather than just have standard orders?

Yes. It is very important to find out what the local farmers are putting out there. You can’t eat what we don’t have.

 

18. How do you test a new recipe without putting it on the permanent menu?

I run features to test my customer’s palette.

 

19. How do chefs use technology in their day to day operations?

Timers, computers, molecular gastronomy which younger chefs are practicing.


~2014 and The Future~

20. What dining trends do you see taking place for 2014?

Farmer Table – more support for local markets using fresh sustainable ingredients

 

21. How has the revolution to eat healthy influenced you as a Chef?

A lot of products have chemicals that are harmful and I cook with a cleaner palette using lot of fresh ingredients.

 

22. What do you think of “Green Kitchens?” Is it realistic to outfit your kitchens to be environmentally friendly?

It is very costly to have a Green Kitchen. If you have sponsors behind it, you can have one and also if you are a big company but for small mom and pop restaurants, you can’t.

 

23. How does Social Media play a role for Chefs today?

This is the way to get themselves known. Everyone is on their phones. If you want to put yourself out there, get on one.

Robyn Almodovar Palate Party Food Truck Logo found on blog.chefuniforms.com

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