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Chef Stew’s Curried Cauliflower, Cumin Rice & Tandoori Tofu Recipe

Get ready to treat yourself (and others) to a fantastic vegetarian-friendly recipe from our November Chef of the Month, Chef Stew.

Chef Stew has shared his famous curried cauliflower, cumin rice and tandoori tofu recipe. It's simple to make and chock full of spices and flavors. From a blend of Tandoori spices to a palatable taste of cumin rice

Chef Stew has shared his famous curried cauliflower, cumin rice and tandoori tofu recipe. It’s simple to make and chock full of spices and flavors. From a blend of Tandoori spices to a new cauliflower recipe, this dish has it all. Find it below!

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Curry powder
  • 2 cups of Basmati rice
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 Cup Cumin seeds
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • Extra-firm tofu
  • Tandoori Spice Blend (Spiceology has a great blend)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of cilantro

Curried Cauliflower Directions

  1. Take one head of cauliflower and cut into florets.
  2. Toss in olive oil and curry powder and roast on 350 for 25 minutes.

Cumin Scented Rice Directions

  1. Make 2 cups of basmati rice. Drain and chill.
  2. Julienne 2 onions.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil, and sauté the onion until translucent.
  4. Add tomato paste, cumin seeds and rice.
  5. Mix well, add salt and pepper to taste.

Tandoori Tofu Directions

  1. Cut extra firm tofu into cubes and gently toss into olive oil and season with Tandoori spice blend.
  2. Sear in skillet on all four sides.

Cilantro Chutney Directions

  1. Add 1/2 of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 garlic cloves, 1 bunch of cilantro and blend well.

Connect with our November Chef of the Month

Www.ChefStew.com

@Chef_Stew on Instagram

Robert Stewart on Facebook

Chef Stew on Linkedin

November 2020 Chef of the Month- Robert Stewart

Chef Stew was born in Baltimore and now resides in Las Vegas. He's  a father, a gourmet chef/caterer, TV personality, celebrity chef and president of the Transition Kitchen Foundation

We’re happy to announce our excellent November Chef of the Month, Chef Robert Stew, also known as Chef Stew! A true chef at heart, Chef Stew was born in Baltimore and now resides in Las Vegas. He’s a father, a gourmet chef/caterer, TV personality, celebrity chef and president of the Transition Kitchen Foundation, a culinary arts program dedicated to teaching life skills through culinary arts in Baltimore. He’s appeared on ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’, ‘Supermarket Stakeout’ and was the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen Season 8. Stay tuned for some great recipes & shop his coat!

1. Where were you born? 

Baltimore, Maryland

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

Las Vegas, Nevada. Stew’s Stix is my restaurant concept that currently is being introduced to the market via catering in SF, LA and Las Vegas. However, I’m also President of Transition Kitchen Foundation a Culinary Arts Training based out of Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve begun to help other chefs get TV shows and it’s been rewarding for me because I get asked for help all the time and now, I have a way to do just that!

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

My favorite Kitchen tool is the whole kitchen… Tt narrow down to one thing is hard. Good pots and pans play a factor. A sharp

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

Sight would be the answer. Being as though people eat with their eyes, I’m constantly using my eyes to make sure my work pleases their eyes.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Be a sponge, absorb as much as you can, be willing to speak up and say I don’t know how to do certain things, I’ve watched so many Chefs try to prove they are skilled but fail on simple tasks. The best chefs aren’t afraid to get help, pointers and advice.  The worst chefs know how to do everything. Lastly, I always mention staffing agencies this is a great way to pop in and out of operations. This allows to earn while you learn.

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

Effective communication skills… let’s stop throwing the titles out so easily. A Chef must have lots of qualities and experience to back the claim… a real Chef runs the operation and IS a leader – great leaders know how to make the operation run effectively and smoothly.

7. What does good food mean to you?

When I can think about it days after. Or the idea of eating it already, it makes me feel amazing inside. I like to consider good food like a party in my mouth

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

Comfortability is key… I like to look nice, but I like being able to move accordingly.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

Fresh herbs, fresh fish, fresh, fresh and again, fresh… sorry my answers aren’t simplistic. To create a dish, I’m using multiple things. If I need to choose a favorite, it would be steak or crabmeat.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

New Orleans.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

All of them…but, I would say a Blondie because I made 10k with this dessert.

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

Great question… lately with so many Chefs coming on set to film, I’ve been eating their food. But, if I’m not actually cooking for someone and it’s my day off… Uber Eats isn’t a bad idea. I still enjoy Panda Express, Chipotle, pizza, wings… all the stuff that I could make but too lazy to do.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

Bobby Flay, Jay Z, Janelle Monáe, or Halsey.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I didn’t. A Chef decided to become me. I grew up cooking as a kid as a means of survival, my mother worked nights and she did cook, but my big mouth complaining turned me into a child home cook. I then went to get trained and eventually I took an inventory of my life and realized that the natural qualities I possess and skills I acquired all wrapped into one thing made me a great Chef.

15. How to find Chef Stew?

Please visit Www.ChefStew.com

@Chef_Stew on Instagram

Robert Stewart on Facebook

Chef Stew on Linkedin

CHEF ABYSSINIA’S LOBSTER TOSTADA RECIPE

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When in doubt, go for the Tostada! Chef Abyssinia, our talented September Chef of the Month has shared with us her Lobster Tostada Recipe. Tangy, sweet & fresh, this dish is ideal for any occasion. Get it below!

Poached Lobster w/ chipotle aioli & mango salsa served on a crispy tostada shell w/ guacamole

Yield: 4 servings
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Poached Lobster

  • 4 Small lobster tails
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Guacamole 

  • 2 Small ripe avocados
  • 1 Plum tomato, small diced
  • ½ Bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Jalapeño, seeded & minced
  • ½ Small red onion, small diced
  • 1 Lime for juice

Mango Salsa 

  • 1 Ripe mango, peeled & small diced
  • 1 Red bell pepper, small diced
  • ½ Small red onion, small diced
  • ½ Lemon for juice
  • 1 Pinch salt & pepper
  • ¼ Bunch cilantro, chopped
  • ½ Jalapeño, seeded & minced

Chipotle Aioli 

  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp chipotle in adobo, diced
  • ½ Lemon for juice
  • 1 Pinch salt & pepper

Tostada Shell

  • 1 Bag of tortilla tostada shells-store brand tortilla chip cups
  • OR 4 corn tortillas to deep-fry
  • 2 tbsp Honey

Directions

Poached Lobster

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add bay leave, salt & pepper to flavor water.
  2. Poach lobster tail 3-5 min until cooked, when done place in ice bath or cold water to cool.
  3. Remove lobster tail from shell & small dice, set aside in cooler.
  4.  In a small bowl, mix chipotle, mayo, lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Add diced lobster tail to the chipotle aioli mixture & place back into cooler.

Mango Salsa 

  1. In a small bowl mix diced mango, diced red onion, diced red pepper, chopped cilantro, honey, lemon juice & salt & pepper to taste, set aside.

Guacamole 

  1. In a small bowl mash avocado using clean hands or fork, add in chopped cilantro, diced tomato, minced jalapeño, juice of 1 lime, salt & pepper to taste.

Tostada

  1. Store brand tortilla shells, open bag & relax.
  2. To make your own tostada, heat a medium size frying pan w/ about 1 cup of oil. When oil is hot place corn tortilla in oil, frying one tortilla at a time for about 30 sec – 1 min. When tortilla is crispy, place on a tray with paper towel & sprinkle with salt.

Assembly

  1.  To assemble add 1 scoop of guacamole to the tortilla chip, top with lobster mixture & then garnish with mango salsa. Enjoy!

Connect with our September Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/

Chef Abyssinia’s Red Wine Poached Pear Recipe

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Treat yourself to a delicious & fruity dessert with Chef Abyssinia‘s Red Wine Poached Pear Recipe! This dish can be served either hot or cold & is guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds! Get the recipe below.

Spiced red wine poached pear w/ spiced reduction & vanilla bean ice-cream

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 1hr 30min
Rest: 2 hrs

Ingredients

  • ½ bottle dry red wine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp additional sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange zested + orange juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 4 pears, peeled, keep the stem on
  • Fresh Mint leaves for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients to a medium pot & let simmer on med-low heat for 1 hour.
  2. Continue to turn your pears every 15 minutes to ensure your pears are poaching evenly.
  3. Turn off heat after 1 hour, keep covered and allow pears to sit for 30 minutes until warm.
  4. When pears have cooled down, place them in the fridge & allow them to chill in poaching liquid for 2 hours or more. It is not necessary, but you may let them sit overnight.
  5. Before you serve your pears, remove 1 ½ cups of poaching liquid from your pears & add it to a small sauce pan, add ½ cup of sugar & cook on med-low heat for 5-7 minutes, allow poaching liquid to reduce down into a syrup, this is your reduction.
  6. To serve, scoop vanilla ice-cream into a bowl, top with a poached pear, drizzle with spiced reduction & garnish with mint.
  7. Enjoy!

Note:

Serve poached pears as you’d prefer; warm or cold. I prefer them warm over the cold vanilla ice-cream. To re-heat pears, place the pot back on the stove on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Connect with our September Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/

September 2019 Chef of the Month- Abyssinia Campbell

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We’re happy to introduce our September 2019 Chef of the Month- Abyssinia Campbell! Chef Abyssinia was born in New York, grew up in Florida and now works and resides in New York. She is the proud owner of Chef Abyssinia LLC , a Personal Chef & Catering company that provides services to New York, New Jersey, Hamptons and parts of Connecticut! As a child, Chef Abyssinia has always enjoyed cooking and she now views it as her own form of art. Read her story below and shop her look!

 

1. Where were you born?
I was born in New Rochelle and partly raised in Mount Vernon, New York until I moved to Florida where I attended middle school, high school & college.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
I am the owner of Chef Abyssinia LLC a Personal Chef & Catering company business based in New York. My team & I provide services to New York, New Jersey, Hamptons & parts of Connecticut. We also travel, most frequently to Florida. The services that we offer are catered events of all sizes, private dining experiences, meal prep & cooking classes!

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
My favorite kitchen tool has got to be my taste buds, without them I wouldn’t be able to create these amazingly tasty dishes. Following my taste buds, I would say my hands, they do all the work.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
I would say that my sharpest sense out of all five senses would be my taste, I can taste a dish and name most of the ingredients that it consists of.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
My advice to aspiring chefs is to remain humble and don’t stop learning. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t give up because anything is possible.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
This is a tough question. One thing every chef should perfect is presentation- you want your dishes to look just as good as they taste.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food to me consists of quality ingredients & great flavor. It doesn’t matter how much it costs really, you can overpay for a crappy meal & underpay for a crappy meal, but when it’s good it’s good and that shows that value of the dish, not the $ signs in front of it.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?
When selecting a chef outfit, I like to look sleek, professional & most importantly feel comfortable. Safety is also another factor, something that will protect me from a burn but will not make me burn up in a hot kitchen.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?
My favorite ingredient to work with are vegetables. You can do so much with them. From vegetables to herbs to fruit, all things that come from the earth. They add flavor, texture, color, aromatics, health benefits, you name it! That’s why you will always find them in my pantry. I had a client recently who hired me for a dinner party. One of the guests was an older gentleman. The first course was a full-on vegetable course. Everyone enjoyed it, the wife of the older gentleman came to me and said “Wow, that was good. My husband hates cauliflower, but he loved it!” One thing for sure, that’s an amazing feeling, but that goes to show how you can manipulate & master the fruit of the earth. I’m strongly considering becoming a vegan chef.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?
My favorite city to dine out in would have to be Manhattan, New York because there is a large diverse culture in the city. You can find a wide range of cuisines here in New York, no matter your budget, you will find a gem in the city if you look for it.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?
This is really hard to say because I am always making new dishes and I don’t always write them down, sometimes I just go with the flow of things and work with whatever ingredients I have on hand. As I am writing this, I am thinking of about 3 different dishes I made several months a part that I thought were extremely good. I’m going to go with one of the more recent dishes, Mediterranean roasted chicken with tri-color lentils & spiced butternut squash.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off?
On my days off sometimes, I don’t even like to cook for myself, after being in the kitchen all week I don’t cook lavish meals for myself that often. I eat loads of fruits & vegetables. My favorite food is Caribbean food, I love Ackee & salt fish with sweet plantains & fried dumplings. I also love corn meal porridge for breakfast which is also Caribbean. I have a huge sweet tooth that I didn’t have growing up, now I crave pastries & fresh baked cookies all the time lol, it’s hard but I try to stay away from too many sweets.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
I have been cooking since I was very young, I always liked it. I liked the idea of creating things in the kitchen. One of my favorite subjects in elementary school was art. I really enjoy being able to create & I feel like when I am cooking, that is when my creativity comes out. The plate is my canvas and with the ingredients I like to paint stories. In middle school & high school I was in a Culinary Arts program and that really paved the way for me and helped me to realize that I had a true passion in food & cooking. From there I went to Johnson & wales to study culinary arts & food service management, the rest is history!

Connect with our September Chef of the Month

Instagram: @chefabyssinia

Website: http://www.chefabyssinia.com/ 

FEBRUARY 2019 CHEF OF THE MONTH- CHEF KRISTAL

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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 and shop her look!                                               

 

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/

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