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March 2021 Chef of the Month – Justin Robinson

We’re excited to introduce our talented March 2021 Chef of the Month – Chef Justin Robinson! Chef Justin was born in Mobile, Alabama and now resides in downtown Atlanta Georgia. He currently owns his own business called the Chef JRob Experience in which he’s a private chef, caterer and a content creator! Adding to the list of his successful endeavors, Chef Justin is also a tax preparer AND Epidemiologist for the Department of Public Health. Chef Justin is big on his work ethic and attitude, he strongly urges that being hard-working is one of the best traits you can have as a Chef. He’s been on MasterChef Season 10, Iron Chef Showdown and is a proud cookbook author! Read more about Chef Justin story below & shop his look!

1. Where were you born? 

I was born in Mobile, Alabama.

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

I am a located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia. I own my own business called the Chef JRob Experience, where I am a private chef, caterer, and content creator! I am also a tax preparer and Epidemiologist for the Department of Public Health.

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

My favorite tool in the kitchen is my thermostat. Getting the perfect cook temperature on my proteins is crucial to the presentation of a perfect medium rare steak or rare double-chop rack of lamb, or the perfect pink when slicing into my duck breast.

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

I believe that using your senses in the kitchen is key to your success in the kitchen. Multitasking all the time, your eyes can’t simultaneously see everything, so my hearing is my sharpest sense. Being able to tell whether a protein is finished cooking by the way it sounds in a pan or hearing the crackles and pops to time the execution of dishes.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs? 

You don’t have to be the best chef in the kitchen, but you have to be the most hard working chef in kitchen.

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

Plating- People eat with their eyes first and plating can make or break dishes!

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food brings good conversations and good conversations leads to great friendships. My motto is “changing lives one taste bud at a time”. I want my client’s first bite to be life changing and a lasting memory that sparks conversation and relationships outside of the kitchen.

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

I like comfortable material that doesn’t stain and that has a nice athletic fit!

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

Lime: the acidity of a lime is so versatile in array of my dishes that I prepare. A coconut curry chicken, to a cilantro lime rice, or even a sprinkle of lime salt over a steak.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

I loved dining out in San Francisco. The culture of the food was so well thought out and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

The best dish I have made to date was my Mediterranean salmon, over a sweet corn puree, cherry tomatoes and fresh buttered popped popcorn with thyme as a garnish. It was such a summery refreshing dish.

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

On my off days I find myself making tacos with leftover ingredients in the fridge!

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

I would love to cook for President Barak Obama or Snoh Aalegra.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

After graduating graduate school and trying to figure out my next step in life. I just prayed more frequently than usual asking God for direction on a path that would bring both happiness to me and him and I received a whisper that said “I got you” and I knew that perusing my culinary business full time would bring me ultimate happiness!

Connect with our March 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @chef.jrob
Facebook: @chefjrob
Website: https://chefjrob.com/

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Chef Albertho’s Breakfast Potato Recipe

We’re a big believer in all things potatoes and our January 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Albertho’s Breakfast Potato recipe does not fail to disappoint! Add poached eggs and homemade mayo to give the recipe a little kick.

Ingredients

● 2 Russet potatoes
● 5 organic eggs
● 2 limes
● 1 bottle red wine
● 1 cup of butter
● 2 cups vegetable oil

Potato Directions

  1. Peel the potatoes ( leave them in cold water while working).
  2. Cut potatoes into circles ( use a ring cutter to make different shapes if have one). Cut the potatoes half the length of an egg.
  3. Boil the potatoes on medium heat to not break them and cook until soft.
  4. Poke with a small knife in the middle. Add salt to taste on the water.
  5. Dry potatoes and sear on high heat with up to 2 oz of butter (sear until golden brown).

Poached Egg Directions

  1. Add red wine and squeeze a lime. Put lime juice in a medium pot on medium heat
  2. Bring water to a soft boil, and gently add the 2 eggs ( crack the eggs ahead of time and add to a small container).
  3. Keep wine on a soft boil until eggs are firm but soft in the middle. Add salt and pepper when eggs are done.

Fresh Mayo Directions

  1. Melt 4 oz of butter. Add 3 egg yolks in a blender.
  2. Blend on medium, add melted butter and 2 cups of oil slowly.
  3. Add 1 lime zest and juice to finish & salt to taste.

Chef Albertho’s Crispy Chicken & Tomato Puree

For a delectable and flavorful meal, try our January Chef of the Month, Chef Albertho’s Crispy Chicken & Tomato Puree recipe! This dish is packed with fresh ingredients and is simple to make. Whether you’ll want to share? That’s up to you.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken thighs drums in
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 small can tomato puree
  • 4 fresh plum tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of butter
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lime

Directions

Chicken

  1. Season chicken with olive oil and salt ( let rest for 2 minutes).
  2. Sear chicken on a high to medium heat until golden brown and roast in oven at 350°  for 15 minutes (skin side only + add slices of butter and thyme to add flavor ).

Tomato Puree

  1. Cut tomatoes into big dices.
  2. Sauté the fresh tomato with garlic cloves and oil.
  3. When softening, add the tomato puree and blend on high with 2 TBS olive oil+ up to 4 oz of butter.

Sautéed Kale

  1. Sauté the kale on a small sauté pan on medium heat with 2 oz butter
  2. Add half a squeeze of lime juice (add salt to taste).

White Wine Sauce

  1. From the pan that the chicken was cooked in, add wine and reduce on medium heat until 50% reduction.
  2. Add 3 oz of butter and mix until incorporated (add half of the lime).

Connect with our January 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @the_upcoming.chef
Twitter: @Chef_Albertho
YouTube: Albertho Appolon
Young Chef Generation: @youngchefgeneration

Chef Albertho’s Cake of Heaven Recipe

It’s the new year and we’ve got just the treat for you: Chef Albertho’s Cake of Heaven Recipe! This sweet, creamy cake is made with fluffy pancakes, sweet cream and candied pecans to top it off. No wonder Chef Albertho calls this cake the ‘Cake of Heaven’ – your taste buds would agree!

Chef Albertho's Cake of Heaven Recipe

Serves: 5

Ingredients

Pancake Ingredients
Double for 5 people

  • 2 cups flour.
  • 3 tablespoons sugar.
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 3/4 cups milk or as needed.
  • 2 eggs. Beat white separate until fluffy
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil

Syrup Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cup blueberries
  • 2 jalapenos

Spicy Cream Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 1 jalapeno

Candied Pecans Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup  water

Directions

Pancake Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add banana, egg yolks, melted butter, sugar and salt ( mix well ).
  2. Add milk, and all dry ingredients ( mix well until fully incorporated).
  3. In a separate bowl or a electrical mixer, add the egg whites and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Fold the egg white into the cake mixture.
  5. Cook pancakes on medium heat until golden on each side ( use a 3oz ladle ).

Syrup Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiled, it’s done. Cut jalapenos in half.

Spicy Cream Directions

  1. Add sugar and cream in a mixer or a large bowl.
  2. Whip the cream until nice and firm .
  3. Add lime zest and jalapeno zest.

Candied Pecans Directions

  1. Add all ingredients in a small sauté pan
  2. On a medium heat, cook together until sugar is mixed well with the pecans.zest.

Connect with our January 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @the_upcoming.chef
Twitter: @Chef_Albertho
YouTube: Albertho Appolon
Young Chef Generation: @youngchefgeneration

January 2021 Chef of the Month- Albertho Appolon

We’re starting off the new year with our January 2021 Chef of the Month, Albertho Appolon! Born in Haiti, Chef Albertho is now based in Texas. His scratch-made cuisine is composed of French and Caribbean creations – his dishes often use fresh and in season ingredients to dazzle his customers.
In addition to being an excellent executive chef, he’s a food photographer, traveler and consultant. Chef Albertho is the founder of the Young Chef Generation, a program that aims to help young chefs who are often looked over for opportunities and visibility because of their age. His dream to be a role model for a young generation of chefs has already become a reality. Find the rest of his story below, stay tuned for his upcoming recipes & shop his look!

1. Where were you born? 
I was born in Haiti.

2. Where do you work and where are you based? 
I’m currently an Executive Chef. I’m also traveling and cooking. 

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

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
That would be taste.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs? 
Be Committed to Self-Improvement 
● You must be willing to take constructive criticism, and be aware of your  weaknesses.
● To improve, you must first draw a map.
● Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses.
● Balance continued practice of what you’re already good at, with learning new  things.
● Keep moving. Keep trying new things. Switching to a new restaurant can open your eyes to a new world, new techniques, and new culture. No matter how much I thought I knew, it always surprised me how many different ways there could be to prepare the simplest dishes.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
Build Your Brand
● Although most of your time is spent in the kitchen, you must build a visual  brand that invites people to see your own personal creativity.
● Social Media is a crucial component of connecting to your customers
● As a Chef, you are more than just your current job. You are a leader, an  influencer, and an entrepreneur; you must create your own platform to showcase your creations.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food means great taste and creativity.

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

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 
Anything in season.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 
Los Angeles.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 
I’ve made a lot of dishes in the past couple years, but if I must choose it will be the  Fluke Crudo that I made. The Fish is cured with salt and sugar, smoked. serve with orange citrus, sliced jalapeño, avocado puree, and crispy Quinoa. 

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 
I usually cook anything in my fridge because I enjoy cooking a lot.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
My girlfriend…she’s a big fan of my delicious dishes.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
Growing up, I was always in the kitchen with my mom as she prepared food for our family  and friends. Being in the kitchen was a way to connect more deeply with my mom, and I began to find satisfaction in the act of feeding people.
After moving to America, I began  working at a Brazilian restaurant called Beer 360. My moment of inspiration happened when I moved up from dishwasher to food runner. Being a Food Runner was more exciting than being a dishwasher. I was the final person touching the plates before they reached the  customers. It gave me a special feeling to watch someone look at the food when it first  arrived and say thank you to me after taking the first bite. In this position, I was able to see all of their delighted facial expressions, and it made me feel good, even though I wasn’t the one cooking. It was there that I fell in love with the idea of feeding people. I remember spending  most of my time at work standing in the kitchen, because that was the place where the food  runners waited for the food to be finished so that it didn’t get cold on its way to the  customers.
From that point of view, I got to see the whole preparation process: the fire, the  cooking, the baking, the roasting, the sautéing, the frying, the sauce making, the joy the cooks had when they finished a dish, and how happy they were when I told them that the  customers really enjoyed the food. It sparked a desire in me to be the one preparing the food  for people to enjoy. Through this experience, I fell in love with food, and the way that the entire experience, from kitchen to table, could bring people joy.

Connect with our January 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @the_upcoming.chef
Twitter: @Chef_Albertho
YouTube: Albertho Appolon
Young Chef Generation: @youngchefgeneration

Chef Eddie G.’s Grilled Bananas & Tequila Chocolate Recipe

Grilled Bananas with Tequila Chocolate Reduction
Photographer: Chef Eddie G.

As seen on Season 1, Episode 1: Chef Eddie G. Locavore on Amazon Prime: “Dining with the Dead – Guadalajara”, we’re excited to share our October Chef of the Month‘s Grilled Bananas with Tequila Chocolate Reduction and Reposado Marinated Blackberries recipe. This banana dessert is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Find the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, peeled and cut in half lengthwise
  • 4 oz Reposado Tequila
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbs butter

Directions

  1. Carefully grill the banana and place on the plate.
  2. In a double boiler, add chocolate and 3 oz of tequila and butter, stir to create chocolate sauce.
  3. In a bowl, pour remaining tequila over blackberries for a minute until berries have soaked up the tequila.
  4. Pour the chocolate sauce over grilled banana. Use berries as garnish. ¡Buen provecho!

Contacts and Channels:

Website:

http://chefeddieg.tv/

Facebook:

@ChefEddieG/

@chefeddieglocavoretvshow/

@locavoremedia/

Instagram

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Chef Eddie G.’s Pan Seared Scallops Recipe

Photographer credit: Bill Brady Photography

Our October 2020 Chef of the Month has shared the ultimate mouthwatering recipe: Pan Seared Scallops with a Barrow’s Ginger Reduction and Micro Green Medley. This scallop recipe is simple to make and the ginger reduction adds a nice explosion of flavor. Add a microgreen salad for a finishing twist!

Ingredients

  • 12 large scallops
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 lb. micro greens

Directions

  1. In a sauté pan, heat 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  2. Dry the scallops and gently place in hot oil, quickly browning the scallops on both sides. Place to the side of the pan and reserve.
  3. Add ginger liqueur carefully, and add minced garlic.
  4. Let reduce, adding butter until it’s the consistency of syrup.
  5. Place scallops on micro greens and top with the ginger glaze.
  6. Enjoy!

Contacts and Channels:

Website:

http://chefeddieg.tv/

Facebook:

@ChefEddieG/

@chefeddieglocavoretvshow/

@locavoremedia/

Instagram

@chefeddieg/

@locavoremedia/

It’s All About The Chef Pants

From modern to baggy, printed to jogger, ChefUniforms.com has the perfect pair of chef pants for men and women to fit your taste. You work long shifts in the kitchen and you deserve a stylish, comfortable pair of chef pants to support you. We offer soft fabrics, functional drawcords, elastic waistbands and plenty of pockets to start. Check out some of our favorite exclusive chef pant styles below!

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Our assortment of printed pants is sure to please the eye. From stripes to patterns your pair will satisfy your bold chef spirit.

Men's Premium BBQ Black Chef Utility Pants

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For a fresh twist to your everyday chef pant, take a look at this garden medley! The pant features 2 side and 2 back pockets for storage, have tapered legs and is made of 100% premium cotton.

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Industry Line Women's STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

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This jogger for women is from our exclusive Industry Line collection. It’s available in petite and regular sizes. The pant also includes 2 side pockets and 2 cargo pockets.

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If you’re looking for pant comfort that moves with you, then our selection of affordable, stretchy chef pants are made for you! You can find different stretch styles to fit your needs.

Industry Line Men's STRETCH Jogger Chef Pants

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Our executive chef pants are designed with the professional chef in mind. This selection of styles and patterns also offer the comfort and breathability you desire in your chef uniform without sacrificing durability.

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Chef Eddie G.’s Pan-Seared Local Tuna Recipe

Photographer Credit: Javier Bonet

Our October 2020 Chef of the Month, Chef Eddie G., is sharing his delicious Pan Seared Local Tuna Recipe with a Sautee Garlic and Chardonnay Broccolini and Honey Soy Reduction. This tuna steak recipe is one of the many examples of Chef Eddie G. incorporating local ingredients to create his fantastic dishes. Find the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. center cut tuna
  • sesame seeds
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch broccolini
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup Chardonnay or other dry white wine
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup honey
  • Freshly mashed potatoes

Directions

Tuna Directions
  1. Season the tuna with salt and pepper.
  2. Crust the tuna with the sesame seeds.
  3. Coat a sauté pan with olive oil and sear the tuna, 30 seconds on each side, and put aside to reserve.
Broccolini Directions
  1. Blanch broccolini. Sauté garlic in butter until fragrant.
  2. Add white wine, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add broccolini to pan and coat with sauce
Honey Soy Reduction
  1. In a small pot, combine soy sauce and honey.
  2. Reduce until it’s the consistency of syrup.
Serving
  1. Slice tuna
  2. Serve over mashed potatoes and garnish with honey soy reduction.
  3. Plate with broccolini

Contacts and Channels:

Website:

http://chefeddieg.tv/

Facebook:

@ChefEddieG/

@chefeddieglocavoretvshow/

@locavoremedia/

Instagram

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@locavoremedia/

October 2020 Chef of the Month – Chef Eddie G.

We’re excited to re-introduce the talented Chef Edward Gallagher III A.K.A, Chef Eddie G., as our October 2020 Chef of the Month! An alumnus of Johnson & Wales University of Culinary Arts, Chef Eddie G. is also a celebrity chef, restaurant consultant, TV Personality and the star of his own TV show, Chef Eddie G. Locavore. This Chef is originally from New York and he likes to say that he’s now based in “whatever hotel [he’s] in that night”, and reflects on his love of traveling the world to share his love cooking for people. We’re honored to have him in our ChefUniforms family! Stay tuned for some delicious recipes & shop his look!

1. Where were you born?

Manhattan, New York.

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

I do restaurant consulting, I film a TV show called Chef Eddie G. Locavore, and I’m based in whatever hotel I’m in that night. But seriously, I am fortunate to travel the world and share my love of food and cooking for people.

3. What made you decide to become a chef?

Originally, I had friends who were a lot older than me, like 5 or 6 years older, and they all worked in the restaurant business. They wanted me to work with them, and I got a job in an Italian restaurant in New York when I was 13 years old. I started in the restaurant washing dishes and worked my way up over the next few summers. Over time, the Chef said I should get into the culinary world and I thought, “that’s interesting.”

I went to Johnson & Wales University and graduated from their Culinary Arts Program, and I’ve been in the restaurant business my whole life.

That first job was just a summer job… and here we are 41 summers later.

4. What have been some of your favorite events that you’ve cooked at?

Personally, I love cooking at Super Bowl events. I’ve been doing that 10 or 12 years now, and I just love the activity around the Super Bowl.

I love cooking at food and wine festivals, and I’ve done Las Vegas, Atlantic City, South Beach, Saint Lucia, Jamaica and others.

In addition, I really enjoy doing culinary demos with large crowds — love the atmosphere — and I love the small and boutique events, too.

Super Bowl LIII

5. What television shows/cooking competitions have you appeared on?

Television Shows

Cooking Competitions

  • Maria Bartiromo competition on CNBC
  • Disney Food and Wine Festival
Chef Eddie G. Locavore Episode 4

6. You recently launched a new show called Chef Eddie G. Locavore on Amazon Prime. Tell us about that. What was the idea behind it?

It incorporates traveling, getting to see new places, meeting great people, learning about the culture and the different foods you don’t normally see.

I love that — seeing foods I’ve never experienced before and getting to cook with them.

And then every episode ends with an event, whether it’s a farmer’s dinner for four people or the Super Bowl last year in Atlanta for 250,000 people.

Cover photo for Chef Eddie G. Locavore

7. What has been your favorite experience during shooting?

Bringing my parents to the Tuscany Food and Wine Festival and the Florence Cheese Festival. All of us being together in Italy for the first time, learning about the cuisine, seeing the country… that was a definite highlight. 

8. What have you been doing during the recent pandemic?

As part of the restaurant consulting that I do, I’ve been helping restaurants formulate a game plan, figure out the social distancing aspect of it, the food safety part of it, all of those elements.

On a related note, I’ve been consulting with Gosman’s restaurant in Montauk, NY, for the past five years with the long-range focus on lowering food costs and labor costs and increasing revenue. And we’ve done that, successfully, even in this pandemic.

I’m so thankful for this, and it’s also a hard reality that a lot of my friends are losing their restaurants right now. It’s a very hard time in the restaurant industry.

Cooking for First Responders & National Guard

9. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Don’t do it! Go become a doctor or dentist or something like that.

Ok, truthfully, I love this industry.

It’s not for everybody. You have to be willing to work when everybody else is off, and be off when everyone is working. You work holidays and weekends.

But if you’re passionate about it, like I have been, there’s no greater industry to be in. To be able to nourish people, to help people —  there’s nothing more rewarding than that.

While the industry can be very thankless externally, internally it’s a very thankful industry.

During the pandemic, I’ve seen a lot more people being very thankful. More so in the beginning, but for the most part people have been grateful for our service.

Paso Robles Sip & Taste Festival

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

I would say my chef knife with the 10-12 inch blade. But I love an emulsion blender.

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

What a great question that is!

I believe it’s the art of pan searing. This is the technique that most people get the most jammed up on. I can always tell the abilities of a Chef or someone with culinary skills by how well they pan sear something, whether it’s tuna, scallops, steak. If you can put a good pan sear on a piece of meat or protein, I can usually tell whether someone knows what they’re doing or not. I think it’s the biggest technique to perfect.

And going in another direction, I’m big with sauces. To me, being able to make a good sauce shows how good a Chef or cook is. For example, I can tell by how well they can create the five Mother Sauces: béchamel, espagnole, hollandaise, tomato, and veloute.

Pan Seared Atlantic Halibut

12. What does good food mean to you?

I’ll answer that by sharing a story. Not too long ago, my team London and Tracey were in Montauk, and we had some other friends join us. We sat around the grill, enjoyed some wine, talked, and took our time grilling lobster and cooking off clams in cream sauce and sharing it all.

To me, good food is the whole package. It’s the atmosphere, it’s the people around the table, it’s the love. It’s all that.

Good food is obviously fresh and local, but when it’s combined with the people you’re surrounded by and sharing it with, that’s what makes good food — and a great meal.

As part of our nonprofit Chefs for Vets, we also do a lot of serving of people less fortunate. It’s all about the people who are gathered around the table and sharing time.

Chef Federica Continanza’s kitchen with Chef Guy Mitchel

13. What sort of features do you look for in your chef outfit?

First of all, I love working with the team at ChefUniforms. They’re so easy to work with and they understand this industry.

Their entire collection of chef apparel — from jackets to pants to aprons — are all top of the line.

They’re great quality, have deep pockets, and the price points are extremely competitive. And they’re great looking.

The biggest thing in our business is safety, and ChefUniforms creates stylish protective gear.

As a Chef, you’re working around hot grease and flames. You don’t want grease soaking through and burning your arms or legs. Their chef coats and pants are safety-first. If grease comes off anywhere and on to these pants, it doesn’t burn you. And same thing with the chef coat. If I get a grease splatter from a pan on the stove, it’s going to hit the jacket and not burn my arm.

Their chef apparel is also comfortable while being stylish. I like the chef’s pants with the stripes. It’s like wearing sweat pants all the time — so nice when you’re spending long hours in a hot restaurant kitchen.

14. Favorite ingredient to work with?

This changes all the time! It changes based on where I am.

I love garlic. I love Sriracha. Those are the two I think of immediately.

In Montauk, horseradish is a good one. Ginger is another ingredient I like cooking with.

I also really enjoy cooking with local flavors. For example, if I’m cooking in the islands, I like a little heat — peppers, poblanos, or habaneros. If I’m in California, I go more citrusy, with lemons, oranges. In Costa Rica, it’s citrus and avocados.

Pinot Noir Braised Short Ribs, Horseradish Puree

15. Favorite city to dine out in?

I can be a homer and say New York, right?

Barcelona is also a great food town. Tuscany was out of this world, and Florence, too.

One of the best restaurants I ever went to was on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis with a view of the volcano. That was probably one of the best.

But I can appreciate a plate from the vendor on the beach selling ceviche and grilled fish out of a shopping cart just as much as a 5-star meal.

16. What is your favorite dish to make?

I get asked that a lot. I love tapas, small plates, picking and tasting different flavors. And I like people picking and tasting the different things I’m cooking.

But generically, I love doing plays on Surf & Turf — some kind of seafood and meat combination.

Maybe that’s because I’ve lived in both areas.

I was doing a cooking demonstration a few years ago at a food and wine festival and someone asked what was my favorite food to cook. I said Surf & Turf — like filet mignon and lobster tail, or a rib eye with some shrimp or scallops. I’ll never forget this young girl watching the demo raised her hand and asked, “Was that because you lived in Colorado and South Carolina?” I’d never thought about it, but maybe that is why.

Cooking in Guadalajara (Locavore Episode 1)

17. What food could you eat every day and never grow tired of?

Sushi!

But another that I could eat often is pizza. I try to keep carbs down in my normal diet and also not eat too many fried foods, but I do love pizza.

And one more — Cheerios and peanut butter. I eat this almost every day!

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