December 2019 Chef of the Month- Ethan Cohen

 

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2019 has been an amazing year with amazing chefs & we are so excited to feature our December Chef of the Month, Ethan Cohen! Chef Ethan was born in New Jersey and now has started a delicious Sandwich Pop-up called “Gordito’s Gourmet sandwiches” alongside his girlfriend, Ileana. Chef Ethan has great plans for his Pop-up and we’re excited to see it grow! . Chef Ethan’s passion for good food & drive to create stories with his craft,  has led to his success. His story is inspirational- read it below!

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Haworth, New Jersey.

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

I have since started my own pop-up call Gordito’s Gourmet Sandwiches. The pop-up is running through Central Florida right now, and will be a food truck by the end of spring 2020!

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

Something I use on a daily basis that I can’t wait to have in my home, is a vacuum sealer.  It is great not just for food storage and preservation, but by compressing air into the bag it imparts flavor faster than any traditional flavoring process.

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

I truly believe my best sense is my sense of touch. We as chefs and cooks, use our hands every day to create a gift no matter if it’s a simple salad, a huge sandwich or a delicate main course.

5. What advice would you offer to aspiring chefs?

My advice for the next generation is simple… gain as much knowledge as possible and never think you are bigger than any task.  You are young and still have much to learn, as am I, only being 24. I find myself always offering help because the more you can understand, the more your time and talent is worth.

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

If one thing should be perfected is restraint… We love dishes with so many different components, but sometimes less is more.  I find the same amount of beauty in a perfectly crafted burger as I do an over-the-top dish with 15 components.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food should evoke emotion.  Good or bad, when I eat food, I want to feel something whether it’s a childhood memory, or a tough loss.  It should be able to drown out distractions that are going on around you.

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

When picking out my outfit I look for two main things, comfort and style.  We are on out feet for extremely long periods of time in extreme heat and cold at multiple times in a day, but we also deal a lot with guests and outside company reps on a daily basis and although we work tough, we have to look good as well.

9. What is your favorite ingredient to work with?

My favorite ingredient right now isn’t an ingredient, but more a technique.  I started to experiment with dry aging at home.  It is a simple technique that has a unique flavor changing effect that is better than your average cut of meat.

10. Favorite food city to dine out in?

Either Miami or New York City.  These are two cities I know very well, and both have large and diverse food cultures that span not only the cities, but the multitude of countries that make up the food as well.

11. Best dish you have ever made?

My smoked Korean BBQ shorts ribs hands down.  It has been a recipe I have been working on my whole career. I am constantly tweaking it a bit, and it’s always a crowd pleaser.

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

There isn’t any one specific food that I crave on my days off (when I have one), but I am always on the lookout for new places to checkout. Not only as a customer, but as a chef to try and understand a new cuisine for my repertoire as well.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

I shouldn’t say there’s someone I personally want to cook for, but there are some many other talented chefs I would love to collaborate with if given the opportunity.  Chef Chad Minton (Founder of Truecooks), Action Bronson, Chef Michael White, just to name a few…

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I always had a love for food ever since I was young, but I also knew I wasn’t going to be happy doing some paper pusher job. I was also the child to hard working single mother, so there were times to where I had to make dinner and the more I did it, the better I became, and it kind of became a no-brainer after that.

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Connect with our December Chef of the Month

Instagram: @ethanz_eatz

Gordito’s Sandwiches: @gorditossandwiches

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