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Chef Gabe’s Seared Bison NY Strip w/ Sweet Potato Mash & Sautéed Asparagus Recipe

Sweet potato, delicious asparagus and a juicy NY strip? Count us in. Chef Gabe, our July 2021 Chef of the Month‘s Seared Bison NY Strip with sweet potato mash & sautéed asparagus is the delectable recipe we never knew we needed. Steak-lovers, get cooking!

Seared Bison NY Strip with sweet potato mash & sautéed asparagus

Bison Steak Ingredients

  • 1 Bison NY Strip Steak
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • 3-5 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Branch Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic-Smashed

Mash Ingredients

  • 1 Medium-large Sweet Potato
  • 2 tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • Pinch of Kosher Sal

Asparagus Ingredients

  • 5 Spears Fresh Asparagus- Trimmed
  • 2-3 cups Chicken Stock
  • Black Pepper
  • ½ Fresh Lemon- Juiced
  • Brightfresh Micro Arugula

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Place sweet potato in oven and cook for 30-45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and let sit.
  3. Remove steak from fridge and allow to set at room temperature for 30 minutes. Use paper towels to remove any surface moisture.
  4. Heat chicken stock in a medium size stock pot. Taste the stock to test the salt level. If too flat, add some kosher salt and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add asparagus to the stock and cook for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Take out one piece and test. If slightly tender, pull the rest and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Remove from bath and set aside.
  6. Blend together seasonings to create steak seasoning. This is whatever your preference is ex. More garlic, more onion or more pepper. Build it to your taste. Cover the steak with your seasoning blend.
  7. Place medium size sauté pan over medium high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and place steak in hot pan. Sear for 90 seconds and check the sear, if the crust is solid then flip and lower the heat to medium, if not, sear for another 30 seconds.
  8. Once flipped, sear for 60 seconds and add more olive oil, garlic, thyme and rosemary and baste the steak.
  9. Flip steak on the sides to sear off any fat. Continue to baste the steak for another 2 minutes.
  10. Use a thermometer to achieve the desired cook. I recommend medium rare -130 degrees.
  11. Once its reached the desired temp, remove from pan and rest the steak, preferably on a roasting rack, place herbs and garlic from pan on top of steak to help flavor permeate further.
  12. Peel sweet potato and combine all the ingredients. Using a fork, mash together the ingredients until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  13. .Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil and add the asparagus. Sauté for 60-90 seconds and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and add a few tbsp of lemon juice to the pan. For meatier flavor, add a few tbsp of chicken stock before removing from the heat.
  14. To plate, place your mash on the plate first, then the asparagus and finally your steak. I recommend slicing the steak and finishing with a sprinkle of salt to season the inside of the steak. Top with the incredible Brightfresh Micro Arugula and enjoy.

Quick Tip: The micro arugula adds amazing spice and freshness to the dish. For more intense flavor, toss the arugula in a quick vinaigrette made from the lemon juice, honey and olive oil!

Connect with our July 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @the_gabriellewis
Website: https://www.chefgabeonline.com/
Facebook: @GabrielLewis97
TikTok: @the_gabriellewis

Chef Gabe’s Seared Scallops With Collard Greens and Bacon Pork Gremolata

Our talented July Chef of the Month, Chef Gabe shared his delicious Seared Scallops w. Southern Collard greens and Smoked Bacon Pork Panko Gremolata recipe! This award-winning Chef’s dish is infused with rich flavors – we truly can’t get enough. Find his recipe below!

Scallop Ingredients

  • 5 Fresh Diver Scallops (U10)
  • ½ Fresh lemon
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 branch Rosemary
  • 1 clove Garlic-smashed

Collards Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch Collard Greens- destemmed
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 3 Strips Raw bacon- diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic-minced
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Gremolata Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Pork Panko
  • ½ cup crushed up Bacon
  • 1 clove Garlic- Grated
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Garnish Ingredients

  • Fresh Truffle- Preferably white Truffle
  • Bright Fresh Microgreen- Chefs Blend
  • 1 Bunch Seafood Mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup sake
  • 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce

Directions

  1. Place sauté pan over medium heat and add bacon for greens, remove bacon, but leave fat in the pan. Add garlic and cook for 15 seconds then add the greens.
  2. Add vinegar and cook for 15 seconds, add the chicken stock and reduce to medium low heat. Cook until tender. Season to taste.
  3. Mix together ingredients for gremolata in a bowl and toast in a pan over medium heat. Remove and place in a bowl.
  4. Over medium high heat, place a sauté pan big enough for the mushroom and heat. Add butter, once melted, add mushrooms and cook until they start to get a bit brown. Add soy and sake and cook until sauce in almost completely gone. Remove from pan immediately.
  5. Heat a nonstick pan over medium high heat and add 2 tbsp. olive oil. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Place in pan clockwise starting at the top of the pan. Sear until you get a rich golden color and then flip.
  6. Add butter, rosemary and garlic and reduce heat to low. Baste scallops for 30 seconds to 1 minute-depending on how think your scallops are. Squeeze lemon over scallops and remove from the pan.
  7. Plate with each scallop sitting on top of gremolata. Shave fresh truffle and top with microgreens. Enjoy!

Connect with our July 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @the_gabriellewis
Website: https://www.chefgabeonline.com/
Facebook: @GabrielLewis97
TikTok: @the_gabriellewis

July 2021 Chef of the Month – Gabriel Lewis

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We’re so excited to welcome our July 2021 Chef of the Month, Chef Gabriel Lewis! Chef Gabe was born and raised in Oklahoma City and is now a private chef in the area, owning his business, Chef Gabe LLC. He attributes his love of cooking and desire to become a chef to his mother, Lisa Lewis. Chef Gabe is an award-winning chef and recently won the Okie Award Best Chef 2019 for the state of Oklahoma, he was also a top 7 contestant on MasterChef! He’s gone on to earn a position under Chef Aaron Sanchez and a culinary arts degree paid for by Gordon Ramsay. On his days off, this successful Chef enjoys eating ramen and finding ways to perfect his craft. Shop his look, stay tuned for his incredible recipes and read more about Chef Gabe’s story below!

1. Where were you born? 
I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, it’s home.

2. Where do you work and where are you based? 
I operate as a private chef under my own business Chef Gabe LLC based in Oklahoma City, but I travel as needed.

3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes?
Most people are surprised to hear that my favorite tool is just a normal spoon. I use it every time I cook to baste, flip proteins, stir sauces, plate dishes, etc. In my opinion, it’s one of the most important tools in the kitchen.

4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses?
My sense of taste is definitely my sharpest sense. It’s instrumental in helping me layer flavors in each dish I craft.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?
My advice to aspiring chefs would be to challenge yourself daily. Push yourself to transform an ingredient in as many ways as you can, try that foreign spice or vegetable, find the flaws in your dishes and cook them until you cannot find them anymore. Repetition and adversity breed amazing results.

6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect?
The art of the sear! I believe searing is the key to making or breaking a dish in most cases. A steak without a good sear is sub-par, but a steak with a perfect crust lives in the memory, haunts it until you get to sate that craving.

7. What does good food mean to you?
Good food to me is food that brings people together, unites you with memories you’ve been estranged from. Good food allows you to get lost in the plate. Good food should be able to birth happiness from experience or unite you with a moment you shared with someone that is no longer here but lives through those flavors. That’s what good food means to me.

8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? 
When I’m selecting a chef outfit, I am looking for something that sets me apart from my colleagues. I like to have an outfit that screams professionalism, yet doesn’t intimidate or speak louder than the dishes I produce. I want my outfit to speak of what food is to follow, clean, refined and personable.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 
My favorite ingredient hands down has to be salmon. It’s so versatile yet temperamental, affordable and stunning when cooked properly. Salmon was the first protein I ever perfected, it holds the crown for me.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 
I would probably say Denver is my favorite city to dine in currently. There is a beautiful array of flavors and cultures mashed up and showcased in the mile-high city. You can find something for anyone, especially foodies.

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 
The best dish I ever made has to be this seared Atlantic salmon w/ wild mushroom truffle risotto garnished with micro kale, cranberry glazed portobello “leaves” and white truffle. The flavor and texture contrast were phenomenal as was the presentation. Now I’m craving it haha.

12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? 
On my days off, I’m generally eating a delicious bowl of Tori Paitan from my favorite restaurant in Oklahoma City, Goro Ramen. If that’s not an option, I’ll make a simple roast chicken at home and eat on that for a few days.

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 
I would love to have the opportunity to cook for Graham Elliot or Cat Cora. Both chefs have played a significant role in my journey as a chef and I would love to repay that by crafting the best meal I could for them!

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
My mother, Lisa Lewis. She was always a caretaker of the people she loved, always showing that love through food. Watching her cook and try new techniques, travel through food and cook for those she loved inspired me to dedicate my life to the craft. I try to make her proud through every dish I create.

Connect with our July 2021 Chef of the Month

Instagram: @the_gabriellewis
Website: https://www.chefgabeonline.com/
Facebook: @GabrielLewis97
TikTok: @the_gabriellewis

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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.)

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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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August 2017 Chef of the Month Lauren Lawless

 

 

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Chef Lauren is wearing Coat #83315 in Black with Hot Pink

We’re so excited to introduce our newest addition to our Chef of the Month program, Lauren Lawless! Our August chef is self-taught and owns her mark as being an out-of-the-box, “unique” chef for the modern, ever-changing consumer. Chef Lauren is a mother who manages a full-time job, as she finishes her bachelor’s degree in business, all while breaking into the food industry. Watch Chef Lauren compete on MasterChef season 8.

Read more about Lauren below and shop her look!

 

1. Where were you born? 

I was born in Orange County but I grew up in San Diego my entire life.

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

I work for Accredited Debt Relief I am in a senior account executive and I help people become debt-free, we are based out of San Diego.

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

I love a good cast iron skillet and a high-quality sharp knife.

4. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Don’t be scared to take risks, be creative, try new flavors, textures and techniques. Plus, always make your creation your own, be original because it will set you apart.

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

I think all chefs should master how to chop and how to perfectly cook your protein.

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

When I am picking out my chef outfit, the three most important things to me are fit, comfort, and style.

7. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

I really like working with different global spices such as turmeric, ginger, and saffron. I also love all kinds of pepper, fresh herbs, and chili peppers.

8. Favorite City to dine out in? 

San Diego of course and Las Vegas.

9. Best Dish you have ever made? 

Halibut with creamed corn.

10. Place you eat most often on your days off? 

A few of my favorite restaurants in San Diego – Mr. Sushi, Costa Brava, Arrivederci and C Level & Island Prime.

11. Who would you like to cook for?

Oh, I would love to cook for Anthony Bourdain or Wolfgang Puck

12. What is currently on your DVR or Netflix queue? 

Some of my favorites are Chopped, MasterChef, Anthony Bourdain, Chefs Table, Bizzare Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Burnt.

Connect with Our August Chef of the Month:

Website: https://www.cheflawless.com/home

Instagram: @chef_lawless

Twitter: @chef_lawless

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