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September 2021 Chef of the Month – Chef Jahnesta Watson (Chef Shaiheem)

We’re so excited to introduce our talented September 2021 Chef of the Month, Jahnesta Watson (Chef Shaiheem)! Originally from Mississippi, Chef Shaiheem moved around a lot before he permanently settled in Atlanta, Georgia. He owns The Guilty Plate Co. LLC, an Atlanta based catering company that he started back in 2016. Chef Shaiheem has been cooking ever since he was 17 years old! His first full-time job was at a burger spot in the Atlanta airport, and it helped him realize that food fueled his passions. Today, he continues to inspire his customers with the love he has for his craft and truly believes that he was placed on this earth to “Spread Light Through Food”. After all, feeding people is his love language.

1. Where were you born?
 I am originally from Gulfport, Mississippi but I moved back and forth between there and Georgia all my life. I moved to Atlanta, GA permanently in 2008.

2. Where do you work and where are you based? 
I’m a Project manager/Sampling & Projections operations analyst.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
My Cleaver is my favorite tool, it’s the sharpest knife in my kitchen and it’s never nicked me!

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
Hearing, I am also a singer so working on that has always been important to me. No one is ever going to sneak up on me!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
Never stop creating, I challenge myself to create at least two things a week with ingredients I have never touched. I think it is important to venture out into other styles of cuisine to bring nuanced flavors to your foundational cooking style.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
The culinary tip that I think everyone should know and perfect is effectively seasoning and building flavor profiles. Every seasoning that is in your cabinet, does not belong on your food.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food to me is food that is cooked with love and food where every single flavor profile is vocal in your dish in the way that it needs to be heard.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 
Comfortability and style is important. I want to be able to move around easily and to not sweat too much in the kitchen. Even more so, I want to look damn good in it!

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 
I love acidity so any excuse to use citrus and I am there for it!

10. Favorite city to dine out in?  
Chicago, IL hands down! Chicago is such a culinary melting pot and I love diving into everything I can get my hands on when I’m there. There is no such thing as a diet when I am in The Chi!

11. Best dish you have ever made? 
I honestly try to top myself every time I step in the kitchen, I feel like superiority to the chef I was yesterday is always my goal, so I feel like I’m only as good as my last dish. Now that I’m done pontificating, Hazelnut Coffee braised Oxtails w/ Smoked Manchego gremolata over creamy polenta.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 
OXTAILS & JAPANESE FOOD

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 
I would love to cook for Michelle Obama, I just love that woman!

14. What are some of the difficulties you’d say that chefs most often encounter?
I would say the most difficult thing is staying inspired and keeping yourself separated and special. It is a blessing and a rarity that you can make the money you need to survive cooking full time if that is your dream. The Chef community is infiltrated because everyone claims the word in a community that is already so oversaturated.

15. What made you decide to become a chef?
I have been cooking professionally since I was 17. Cooking truly centers me. When I am in the kitchen creating dishes for others to eat, it nothing brings me more joy.  I truly believe that I have something special in store for anyone who tries my food. I believe I was placed on this Earth to “Spread Light Through Food” and just want everyone to experience the love I have for my craft because Feeding People is My Love Language.

Connect with our September 2021 Chef of the Month
Instagram: @thechefshaiheem
Website: https://theguiltyplate.com/
TikTok: @thechefshaiheem

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Chef Justin’s Honey-Drizzled Fried Chicken Recipe

Liven up your taste buds with our March 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Justin‘s Honey-Drizzled Fried Chicken recipe! Whether you like your chicken crispy or extra crispy, this easy-to-make recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus, the extra drizzle of honey gives it that sweet kick we crave!

Whether you like your chicken crispy or extra crispy, this easy-to-make recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus, the extra drizzle of honey gives it that sweet kick we crave!

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast
  • 1/2 TBS garlic pepper
  • 1/2 TBS cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 TBS ranch dry seasoning mix
  • Buttermilk
  • Flour
  • Honey

Directions

  1. Season each chicken breast with ½ tablespoon of each: garlic pepper, Cajun seasoning, and ranch dry seasoning mix. Note: Also, use the same seasonings in your flour.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a buttermilk and salt mixture.
  3. Then, batter in flour and seasoning mixture. After, fry at 356 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes (until golden brown). Note: Double-Dip if you like it extra crispaayyyyy!
  4. Lightly coat fried chicken with a drizzle of honey.

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

Chef Justin’s Mac Attack Recipe

You can’t go wrong with Mac and Cheese – no matter the circumstance, it’s always a good idea. Our March 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Justin, has shared his famous Mac and Cheese recipe; otherwise known as “Mac Attack”. There’s garlic, there’s pepper, there are 3 different types of cheese…we’re all in. Find the recipe below!

Chef Justin, has shared his famous Mac and Cheese recipe; otherwise known as "Mac Attack". There's garlic, there's pepper, there's 3 different cheeses...we're all in

Ingredients

  • Noodles
  • Whipping cream
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 1 TBS pepper
  • 1 TBS garlic powder
  • 1 TBS ‘Slap Ya Mama’ Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese
  • 1/4 cup Cheddar Jack cheese

Directions

  1. Bring water to a rolling boil, and pour ½ pound of noodles into a pot of 4 cups of water. Boil for 5-10 minutes. Cook hack: Throw your noodle on the wall when you think it’s done. If it sticks, rock and roll with it; If it falls off, continue to cook. 
  2. Pour ½ cup of heavy whipping cream into the saucepot on medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Caution: The cream may boil out of the pot so keep a close eye on it. 
  3. Season the cream with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Slap Ya Mama–- 1 tablespoon each. Add in ¼ cup of cheddar cheese and whisk until fully combined. Don’t be afraid to taste test in order to ensure the flavor of the base is to your liking.
  4. Pour the sauce into the noodles, and mix the combination thoroughly. Then add ¼ cup of shredded gouda cheese and mix in.
  5. Cover the top of your Mac Attack with cheddar jack cheese and cheddar cheese. Lastly, place under broil until a crisp cheese crust is achieved (1-3 min.)

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

Chef Justin’s Coconut Curry Chicken Thigh Recipe

Our March 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Justin, is cooking up a juicy recipe – coconut curry chicken thigh. Prepared with coconut milk and mixed with a variety of delectable spices, Chef Justin’s chicken curry is sure to become your next go-to meal. Try it below!

Chef Justin's Chicken Curry Recipe

Ingredients

  • Coconut milk
  • 2 TBS of tomato paste
  • 2 TBS curry powder
  • 1/2 TBS pepper
  • 1/2 TBS salt
  • 1/2 TBS Cajun seasoning
  • Chickpeas
  • Chicken thighs
  • Salt to taste
  • Peppercorn
  • Garlic
  • Thyme

Directions

  1. Add your coconut milk to a saucepan and allow it to simmer on medium heat for 6 minutes, or until it starts to bubble.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 tablespoons curry powder, and ½ tablespoon of each of the following: pepper, salt, and Cajun seasoning. Give it some wrist work!
  3. Rinse your chickpeas off in a strainer, and then combine with your curry mixture. Stir until the mixture thickens. Note: Do not forget to turn off the eye! When the chickpeas are added into the sauce, do not turn the eye back on; instead allow the temperature of the curry sauce to engulf the chickpeas. Let it develop into a euphoric dish.
  4. Season Chicken thighs liberally with salt, peppercorn, garlic, and thyme.
  5. Cook on each side for 10 minutes and finish in over at 375 degrees for an additional 12-15 minutes.

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

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 Brazil’s Crab Fritters Recipe

Ever wake up feeling a bit…crabby? Luckily, Chef Brazil’s Crab Fritter Recipe is the crabby solution to a crabby situation (pun intended). Light, delicious and simple to make, you can find his recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz crab meat
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs (slightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp old bay or Cajun seasoning
  • tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together except crab meat.
  2. Fold in crab meat and set in fridge for an hour.
  3. Scoop into 1 to 2 oz size balls.
  4. Set in fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Fry each crab ball in pre-heated 350 degree oil and add in mixed ingredients.
  6. Drain on towel and serve.

Connect with our August 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @spyceco

Website: http://spyceco.com/

Chef Brazil’s Honey Glazed Salmon Recipe

A tender piece of salmon with a sweet honey glaze – that’s cooking done right! Chef Brazil’s Honey Glazed Salmon recipe is melt-in-your-mouth good, takes just a few minutes of prep, is easy to make and it’s healthy! Kudos to our August Chef of the Month for sharing this with us.

Ingredients

  • 6 salmon filets (5 to 6 oz portions, skin off)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
  • 1/4 Cup honey
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lime, plus juice from lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped garlic

Directions

1. Preheat broiler on High.
2. Season each salmon filet with salt and pepper.
3. In a bowl, mix remaining ingredients until incorporated. Spoon or brush each salmon filet with sauce mix. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
4. Place into oven on sheet tray lined with foil or parchment paper and Broil until completely cooked through and caramelized on top of filet. It’ll take about 8-12 Minutes, depending on desired level. Ovens may vary.

Connect with our August 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @spyceco

Website: http://spyceco.com/

Chef Brazil’s Grilled Lamb Chops With Mint Gremolata Recipe

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A staple, delicious dish, grilled lamb chops are a fantastic way to showcase your culinary talents (while satisfying your taste-buds). Our August Chef of the Month, Brazil Murphy, has shared his delectable Grilled Lamb Chops recipe. Top off this fantastic dish with his Mint Gremolata drizzle. 

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

  • (12) 2 to 3 oz portioned rib lamb chops (the number depends on size of the chops and size of your appetite).
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil , plus extra for cooking the lamb
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Make the gremolata by blending the mint, parsley, garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender until the texture of coarse pesto, scraping down the sides as needed.
  2. To cook Lamb Chops: pre heat grill to a medium temperature.
  3. Season Lamb Chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side for a medium rare temperature.
  4. Let Lamb sit off grill for 5 minutes. Serve with a dollop of gremolata on top of each piece.

Connect with our August 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @spyceco

Website: http://spyceco.com/

August 2020 Chef of the Month- Brazil Murphy

95386826_882076652217864_1571532304300891763_n (1)We’re excited to welcome the month of August and our August 2020 Chef of the Month, Brazil Murphy! Chef Brazil was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is now a private chef with his own company, SpyceCo, LLC. His start to becoming a culinary expert started out as an accident – originally wanting to purse fashion design, Chef Brazil changed his major to Culinary Arts and never looked back. He’s an impressive chef who loves to incorporate sauces to his dishes. Stay tuned for some awesome recipes from Chef Brazil and shop his look!

1. Where were you born?

Washington, D.C.

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

I’m a Private Chef in the D.C. area. I work for my own company, SpyceCo, LLC.

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

My new favorite kitchen tool is my Smoke gun. I love infusing smoke flavor in fruits, veggies and meats.

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

My sharpest since is my sight. I can see if something is correct or incorrect with a dish before I taste it.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Practice, read and educate yourself as much as possible. The food trends change each year.

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

The basic sauces. Once you learn the basics. You can master any sauce.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food is food that is locally sourced and cooked using the freshest ingredients. You can taste the difference.

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

Comfort is most important. I have to feel like I can wear it everyday. I also love zippers and hidden pockets.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Mushrooms. They are so versatile – earthy and meaty. It can be used in a plant based dish to give a meat-like texture and can also stand up to every high temperature cooking technique.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

Washington D.C.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

Miso glazed Mahi Mahi with Sriracha potatoes.

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

Sushi and Tacos.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?

Chef Jeff Henderson. I always admired his story and I purchased a few of his books.

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

I actually wanted to be a fashion designer. Culinary Arts happened by accident. I changed my major from fashion to culinary arts on the first day of college.

 

Connect with our August 2020 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @spyceco

Website: http://spyceco.com/

 

Chef Jameel’s Red Wine and Chocolate Milk Braised Short Ribs Recipe

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Summer couldn’t be a more perfect time to try Chef Jameel‘s Red Wine and Chocolate Milk Braised Short Ribs recipe. Packed with savory ingredients and a delectable burst of flavor, these specialty short ribs will be the dish you’ll crave all summer! Find the recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 8 beef short ribs
  • 2 carrots (rough chop)
  • ½ celery stalk
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 onions (rough chop)
  • 2 thyme (fresh sprigs)
  • 2 oregano (fresh sprigs)
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 bottle of dry red wine
  • 4 cups chocolate milk

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat, season the ribs aggressively with salt and pepper and dredge in flour.
  2. Fry the ribs in small batches, add oil as needed. 2-5 mins per batch, place the rest of the ribs in a separate pan.
  3. Cut down your heat in the same pan, add your onions, celery, carrots and garlic.
  4. Cook on low for 1-3 mins.
  5. Deglaze the pan with red wine.
  6. Scrape the bottom of the pan, add beef stock and let it come to a boil.
  7. Add chocolate milk and add the short ribs to the pan.
  8. Wrap tightly and cook in the oven at 275 degrees for 2.5 hours.

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Instagram: @chefmeels

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