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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 Roshara’s Blackened Sea Scallops and Shrimp Recipe

Scallops, Shrimp and Seafood broth – that’s what we call a delectable mixture of flavors and delicious food! Chef Ro, our September 2020 Chef of the Month‘s Blackened Sea Scallop and Shrimp Recipe, with an exceptional focus on the Seafood broth, is a mouthwatering seafood recipe that you’ll be craving.

Ingredients

  • 7 1/2 stick butter
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 5 shallots, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 cups white wine
  • 2 qt Seafood Broth (reduce) 
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp
  • 1 tbsp. saffron
  • ¼ c chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallots and garlic and cooked until softened, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the wine and saffron.
  4. Cook the scallops and shrimp and season. Toss into butter & coat with sauce.
  5. Add and reduce seafood broth and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Finish with fresh herbs.
  6. Give it a good stir, cover the pot, serve with crostini bread, scallops and shrimp.

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Chef Roshara’s French Cut Chicken Recipe

A juicy piece of seared chicken goes a long way. Chef Roshara, our September Chef of the Month, has provided her French Cut chicken recipe. Her use of fresh ingredients and seasoning make it a succulent dish you’ll crave and love.

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 3 tbsp Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Turmeric
  • 3 bunches Rosemary chopped
  • ¼ C Dried basil
  • 5 tbsp dried oregano
  • 4 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 ½ tbsp cayenne

Directions

  1. Marinate the chicken with the ingredients.
  2. Let the chicken rest at room temperature after marinating.
  3. Using a skillet, sear the chicken skin-side down until it’s nice and golden.
  4. Serve with blistered tomatoes.

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Chef Roshara’s Jerk Short Ribs Recipe

We’re in for a treat – our September Chef of the Month has shared her Jerk Short Ribs recipe, which she famously served at the James Beard House! The key to the mouth-watering dish? The marinade!

Ingredients

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Spanish onions sliced 
  • 1 Habanero/Scotch Bonnets 
  • Canola oil 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 ½ C brown sugar smoked 
  • 4 TB smoked paprika
  • 4 tsp fresh thyme
  • 4 tsp fresh bay leaf
  • 4 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp each allspice, cinnamon, ground cloves, cumin, nutmeg, ground black pepper
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 2 TB Worcestershire 

Directions

  1. Combine everything in a blender or mortar and pestle and make a paste.
  2. Use the paste as a marinade and marinate the short ribs for 24 hours. Put the ribs in a covered container and refrigerate for those 24 hours.
  3. Braise short ribs for 5 hours or until tender.
  4. Serve & enjoy!

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September 2020 Chef of the Month- Roshara Sanders

We’re starting the month of September with our fantastic September 2020 Chef of the Month, Roshara ‘Ro’ Sanders! Chef Ro was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut and now resides in New York City. This successful Chef is a proud United States Army Veteran, was featured in ‘Forbes Under 30’, served as a celebrity ambassador for Habitat for Humanity International and is a champion of Food Network’s Chopped! We can’t wait to share Chef Ro’s story and delicious recipes. Stay tuned & shop her look!

1. Where were you born? 
Bridgeport, CT.

2. Where do you work and where are you based?
 I work at Oceana in New York City.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
Like every chef, my knife means the most to me. In order to create amazing dishes, there is so much prep and execution that goes into creating the perfect dish. My knife is the work horse of every dish that I prepare and my most prized positions

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
SMELL. Without smell you would have no ability to taste. The sense of smell will tell you when you are creating a masterpiece in my opinion. It tells you what goes well together and what does not mix well. It also is the first step in getting your taste buds excited. Have you ever noticed that when you smell something good you get hungry right away? The power of smell is amazing!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Have fun first and foremost. The industry is extremely difficult. There will be many obstacles, but please try and have fun. Learn from everyone and soak up as much knowledge as possible. This is what make legendary chefs different from the average chef because Knowledge is Power!

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
I would say the 5 mother sauces and as many derivatives as possible. Sauce usually goes with 90% of all dishes and creates a refined texture for most dishes. Once you master the art of sauce, this opens up a new creative world for chefs to experiment in.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food is food that leaves the guest with an unforgettable experience! It will become a food memory and will be a part of the diner’s life! Good food will have you wanting to go home and share this meal with the people you love!

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit?  My chef uniform must be something most people never seen before! I love to wear unique colors and patterns on my jacket and explore unique colors and designs on my aprons as well. I love to bring personality through my chef apparel!

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 
I don’t really have a favorite ingredient because as a chef, I love to create new things every time I create a dish. I love to explore new herbs and spices all the time. I love to try to feature new vegetables, fruits, and different types of proteins. The culinary world is too big to just settle on one thing! If I had to choose one, it would be cumin!!!!

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 
NYC is an epicenter of food and cuisines. There are endless places with world renowned status in New York City and the boroughs as well. New York in my opinion, is truly a melting pot of the best food in the world!

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 
At the James Beard House, I created a Jerk Short Rib that was braised for about 5 hours served with pea and parsnip puree. It had rainbow carrots that had an agrodolce taste to it, making the spicy jerk mellow out with the sweetness from the carrots and puree. It was also a beauty to look at! Topped off with crispy parsnip skins to add crunchy texture, it was the best dish on the menu that night!

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 
I love to make my own pasta dough and pizza dough. I love to kneed pasta dough as I find it therapeutic and I love to study breads and the reaction of yeast. Both pasta and pizza is like a blank canvas where you can add anything you want to them.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 
My all-time favorite chef is José Andrés!!! I would love to cook and talk with him and show my love and appreciation for his craft through my food!

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
After I got out of the United States Army, I wanted to find healing! I believe food saved my life. It allowed me to belong to a culture that is in some ways very similar to the military. I also love the hospitality industry; its main focus is to serve others and create an experience that will warm the mind, heart, and soul!

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MAY 2019 CHEF OF THE MONTH- DAYANNE KADOSH

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We are so excited to bring in the new month, and with it, our May Chef of the Month! Meet Dayanne Kadosh, a Private Chef in the Miami area! Chef Dayanne envisions herself as an artist; an empty plate is her blank canvas. She was inspired by the skilled women in her family to follow her passion for food, and now her delicious dishes inspire us all! Read below to learn more about Chef Dayanne’s Story and shop her look!

 

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay

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

I’m based in Bay Harbor, FL and I own a Personal Chef Business.  I work as a private chef for a family in Coral Gables. Before being a chef, I’m an artist, and food is the medium I choose to express my creativity. The colors, aromas and fresh produce inspire me and make me think of an empty plate as a blank canvas.

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

Good quality sharp Knives. I love the German brand Wüsthof. There was a before and after in my life after getting a Vitamix. I like to have what’s necessary and not overload my kitchen with tools and gadgets I would rarely use. I appreciate working in a clean clear surface and being able to find what I need at the right time.

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

My sense of smell is sharp as my knives.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Have fun, love what you do, be open to learn, learn from your mistakes and ALWAYS share your recipes, no one will make them as great as you do.

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

Every chef should develop their own style in the kitchen, find what type of cuisine they are passionate about and work on it ‘til they master what they do.

7. What does good food mean to you?

When I taste love, dedication and effort in a dish, that’s the best nourishment I can get.

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

Comfort, style, being able to move with ease and that the sleeves don’t touch the food!
Oh! And to be able to remove stains easily from the fabric. Messy days happen to the most experienced of us!

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Organic, local and cruelty-free foods. Good quality olive oils and special spices always make a regular dish stand out.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

New York and Punta del Este.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

I make a killer Shakshuka.

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

On my days off, I like to keep it simple yet delicious, a good avocado toast with mushrooms and scrambled eggs or baked salmon with roasted veggies. I love prepping healthy foods I can grab on the go during the week such as herbed egg muffins and nutty granola!

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

Enrique Iglesias and Gordon Ramsay

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

Since I was a child, I was inspired by the women in my family who are very skilled in the kitchen. My mother and both of my grandmothers are excellent cooks and my best teachers. I’m forever grateful to them for allowing me to find my passion.

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

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

March 2019 Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson

 

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We’re happy to introduce our March Chef of the Month- Chef John Wilson! Chef John, also known as “The Soup King” is a Chef at Sophie’s Cork and Ale in North Carolina. He is a believer in going the extra mile for his customers and strongly believes that one must “be passionate or go home.” He first fell in love with the kitchen back in high school, and it his positive attitude , perseverance and passion that has led him to his successful chef career! Read below to learn more about Chef John’s Story and shop his look!

 

 

1. Where were you born?

Frederick, MD

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

Sophie’s Cork and Ale, Lexington, NC

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

An immersion blender because it can be used for so many different things and dishes.

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

Vision. I like to believe I see everything around me.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Be passionate or go home.

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

Customer service and by that, I mean always going the extra mile for the customer and making the answer “no” impossible for the guests.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Bringing joy and smiles to faces with “good food”.

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

I mostly look for style, pockets, and heavy or light weight coats or shirts depending on the time of year.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

I could not survive without honey

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Winston Salem, NC

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

In my opinion, it was the time I made bacon fat confit rabbit with cornmeal dusted okra, and parmesan polenta cakes.

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

Go to Mom’s house for dinner, good ‘ol southern food, hamburger steaks, friend chicken, mashed potatoes, greens beans etc.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

The first chef that ever gave me a chance in the kitchen when I was 17 years old, Sean Devine, I haven’t seen him since I was about 19, and I feel I’ve come such a long way and I know he would enjoy and be proud to eat one of my dishes.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

The kitchen culture and lifestyle, I feel in love with it as a young dishwasher still in high school.

Connect with our March Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @chefjohnwilson

 

October 2018 Chef of the Month Morghan Medlock

We are so excited to introduce our October 2018 Chef of the Month, Chef Morghan Medlock! Chef Morghan is one of a kind – she went from playing basketball to whipping up masterpieces in the kitchen. Chef Morghan has all aspects of the meal perfected from breakfast to dessert. Read below to find out more fun facts about our October Chef of the Month and shop her look!

1. Where were you born?

Pasadena, California

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

I am self employed personal chef and food blogger.

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

My favorite kitchen tool when creating mater piece dishes is my Chef’s knife that was gifted to me upon graduation of culinary school.

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

My sharpest sense out of all my senses is taste.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

The advice I’d offer aspiring chefs is that if their heart and soul is not on the kitchen then please get out of it. Food is emotional and takes everything you have to produce a delicious dish.

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

One tip every chef should know and perfect is the ability to adjust on the fly. Stuff happens in the kitchen at any given moment and as a chef your job is to be able to transform mistakes into masterpieces.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means a dish that takes my soul on a ride as I fork around the plate. Or a dish that triggers a memory or inspires me to create.

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

The features important to me when selecting a chef outfit are color, fit and style all of which should tell someone who I am without me having to utter a word.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Favorite ingredient to work with is an egg because you can literally put it in or on almost anything and call it brunch if you want. Not to mention it’s a hell of a binding agent. when baking.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Favorite City to dine out in is Houston, Texas.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

The best dish I have ever made was a braised squid ink pasta.

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

I like to eat all things brunch on my days off.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

The person I would most like to cook for is Gordon Ramsay.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I decided to become a chef because it is the only thing that makes me feel alive as I did when I played basketball (my first career). It’s the only other way for me to entertain a crowd, inspire people, and tell my story like I did with basketball. And lastly so my kid would never have to grow up in a drive thru at a fast food spot.

Connect with our October Chef of the Month:

Instagram: @chefmorghan

Website

Gridiron Grill-Off 2018 Chef Spotlight: Chef Rey De La Osa

If you are a true Floridian, you have a huge appreciation for Publix! Chef Rey De La Osa is the Resident Chef for Publix Aprons in Plantation, FL. Check out his culinary journey and what he has to say about participating in Gridiron Grill-Off Wine, Food & Music Festival for his third year in a row!

I joined Publix in 1999 to work in customer service. While attending Johnson & Wales University, I worked at The Four Seasons Hotel in Miami. In 2008, I transferred to the Prepared Foods Department at Publix Greenwise Market in Boca Raton to pursue his culinary career. I began working at the Apron’s Cooking School in 2010 to share his culinary passion with others.  I am now the Resident Chef in our Plantation location. Together with the Apron’s staff, we want students to “learn to have fun in the kitchen!”

1. Who inspired you to become a Chef?

I’d say my mom inspired me as she can put a great meal together with just about any ingredients she had laying around. I also watched a lot of Food Network when I was younger back when it was just starting.

2. What nationalities or trends inspire your cuisine?

Having my Latin background, it’s my biggest influence however I like different ethnic foods. I love creating recipes that fuse 2 or more ethnicities.

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

I love garlic!!!! Obviously it’s very versatile but I find a way to put some garlic in anything. No one can disagree with some roasted garlic spread on a nice piece of bread!

4. Why did you decide to participate in the Gridiron Grill-Off on November 11?

This would be my 3rd year, participating. Personally, I believe in the great causes it helps support. The event is very well organized for the chefs and guests.

5. What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine and Music Festival?

Where to begin? I look forward to working with Mark Duper once again. I’m really excited that it’s now a multi-day event with the concert series. The BBQ pit master competition is going to be really cool for guests to check out and taste some great food. Lastly the corn hole competition is a must!!

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

Bring an appetite and plan on staying the entire day as there is lots to do. Make sure you download the Gridiron Grill off app and vote for your favorite! (It’ll be ours)

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Find Chef Rey at the Gridiron Grill-Off!

Connect with the Gridiron Grill-Off!

Instagram: @gridirongrilloff

Facebook: Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Music Festival

Twitter: @GridironGriller

Follow Chef Rey on Instagram: @el_chef_rey

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