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Chef Jouvens’ Poisson Gros Sel Recipe

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Poisson Gros Sel, also known as Coarse Salt Fish, is a tasty seafood dish from Haiti. It is typically prepared with sea salt and fresh ingredients. Chef Jouvens’ recipe is not only easy to make, but it includes plantains and a spicy purple cabbage slaw to go with it! Find his recipe below:

Fish Ingredients

  • 8 oz Yellowtail Snapper filet
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp piment piqué minced (scotch bonnet pepper)
  • 2 tbsp red onion julienne
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 4 oz semi-ripped plantain diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ oz red bell pepper julienne
  • ¼ oz yellow bell pepper julienne
  • ¼ oz green bell pepper julienne

Hot Slaw Ingredients

  • 1 oz purple cabbage
  • ½ oz green cabbage
  • ½ oz red bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz yellow bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz green bell pepper julienne
  • ½ oz carrot julienne
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp piment piqué (scotch bonnet pepper)
  • The juice of one lemon

Garnish Ingredients

  • 1 Banana Leaf (4’’X4’’)
  • 4 oz salt rock
  • 1 oz pickling spice

Hot Slaw Directions

  1. In a bowl, mix cabbages, bell peppers vinegar, piment piqué, carrot, lemon juice, salt and olive oil together.
  2. Set aside and allow slaw mix to rest in order for flavors to incorporate.

Fish Directions

  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat,  add white wine, butter, bell peppers, red onion, lemon juice, piment piqué, diced plantains, salt, pepper and bring to a simmer. Then add fish.
  2. Cook fish and plantains in the sauce for about 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Place banana leaf in the center of a plate, add the diced plantains from the fish sauce and place fish on top of plantains.
  4. Spoon a generous amount of sauce on top of fish.

Garnish Directions

  1. Add hot slaw on top of fish; mix salt rock and pickling spice and add to the realm of the plate.

 

Connect with our August Chef of the Month!

Instagram: @chefjouvens

Facebook: @ChefJouvensJean

Website: http://chefjouvens.com/

Foundation: https://chefjouvensfoundation.org/

Chef Jouvens’ Grilled Octopus with Crispy Capers Recipe

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Our August Chef of the Month has whipped up yet another delicious recipe for us to try. His Grilled Octopus with Crispy Capers recipe is guaranteed to be a hit! Chef Jouvens also shares his homemade marinade that goes great with the tender octopus. Get the recipe below:

Ingredients

  • 4-6lb fresh octopus
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup Pickling Spice
  • 4 fresh lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup green pea tendrils
  • 1 tbsp fried capers (recipe below)
  • Octopus marinade (recipe below)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Marinade Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp all spice
  • 2 tbsp ground garlic
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Aji Amarillo Powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Fried Capers Ingredients

  • 10 capers
  • 1 cup olive oil

Directions 

  1.  Make a court bouillon by putting water, salt, sugar, pickling spice and lemon juice in a pot and setting it to boil.
  2.  Dip octopus tentacles and body in the boiling court bouillon 3 times, waiting 5 seconds between before submerging the entire thing.
  3.  Allow the octopus to cook for 45 minutes.
  4.  Meanwhile, prepare the marinade and the fried capers.
  5.  Once octopus has cooked, remove from the liquid and cool at room temperature.
  6.  Once cooled, slice tentacles in long thing strips and submerge them in the marinade.
  7.  Set aside in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Note: the rest of the octopus is edible and can be used in other cooking applications such as for a soup or even a fresh salad.
  8. Remove tentacles from the marinade and place them on a hot grill just long enough to get a nice char on each side. Note: be careful not to put too many tentacles on the grill at one time, as too much oil from the marinade could cause an oil fire on your grill.

Fried Capers Directions

  1.  Drain and pay dry with paper towels. Heat olive oil in a small, heavy-duty skillet over medium-high heat.
  2.  Add capers to oil and fry until they are crisp and appear to no longer be frying.
  3.  Remove the capers from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
  4.  Leave capers out at room temperature until ready to use in final plating.

Plating Instructions

Serve the charred octopus over a bed of green pea tendrils. Finish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika, crispy capers, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

Connect with our August Chef of the Month!

Instagram: @chefjouvens

Facebook: @ChefJouvensJean

Website: http://chefjouvens.com/

Foundation: https://chefjouvensfoundation.org/

Chef Jouvens’ Conch Fritters Recipe

Conch Fritters are a seafood must-have! Luckily, our August Chef of the Month, Chef Jouvens has shared his delicious Conch Fritter recipe, and as an added bonus, his recipe for Epis seasoning! Get the recipe below!

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Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp complete seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt & pepper

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 cup Mojo Criollo
  • 2 tbsp Epis
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups of diced conch (small diced)
  • 1 tbsp diced red onions
  • 1 tbsp diced mixed bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp chopped scallion

Epis Ingredients

Epis is a seasoning blend used in the majority of Haitian food for marinating and flavoring

  • 1 oz parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 1 oz scallion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (peeled & roughly chopped)
  • 1 tsp Scotch bonnet pepper (roughly chopped with seeds)

Directions for Epis

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

Directions for Conch Fritters

1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.

2. In a 350 degree deep fryer, use an ice cream scoop or spoon and place conch fritter batter mix in the fryer and fry until it’s a golden brown.

3. Remove from fryer and season with complete seasoning and serve hot!

Connect with our August Chef of the Month!

Instagram: @chefjouvens

Facebook: @ChefJouvensJean

Website: http://chefjouvens.com/

Foundation: https://chefjouvensfoundation.org/

August 2019 Chef of the Month-Jouvens Jean

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We are excited to introduce our August 2019 Chef of the Month- Jouvens Jean! Chef Jouvens was born in the Bahamas and now works and resides in Miami, Florida. This passionate chef has been on Food Network shows such as Cut Throat Kitchen and Chef Wanted! He also created the The Chef Jouvens Foundationwhich provides access to food and nutritional information for children and gives young adults culinary training. Currently, Chef Jouvens has 3 restaurants in the Miami area, with a 4th one coming soon! Read his inspiring story below and shop his look!

1. Where were you born?

I was born in Nassau, Bahamas.

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

I work and I’m based in Miami.

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

My favorite kitchen tool to use is my team as cliché as that may sound, but they’re the ones who assist in me creating a masterpiece.

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

I will say that my sharpest sense is sight but not sight as in the ability to see but the ability to see beyond the eye’s perception. Part of my success is attributed to my ability of seeing further than what is there… I think most great chefs share the same notion.

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Stay focus and pay attention to details. Cooking is the easy part, not paying attention to the most minuscule detail is what will make you or break you at the end of the day.

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

Every chef should know and perfect the art of leadership.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me is like music. When it’s good it makes your entire body move.
Good food means bliss…

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

Features that are important to me in my chef outfits are comfort and practicality. When you look good you feel good but the outfit should also serve a stylish purpose.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with?

Like my favorite tool to use, my favorite ingredient is my team. I live in Miami, so I have a melting pot of a kitchen team. That means that everyone on my team is an ingredient that brings a different flavor to my creations.

10. Favorite City to dine out in?

I have a few of those… my top five cities are Miami (not biased at all…), New York, Port au Prince and Montreal.

11. Best Dish you have ever made?

I think one of the best dishes I’ve ever made is the one I almost beat Bobby Flay with which is a breadfruit croquette with a chipotle aioli.

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

On my days off I like to eat whatever someone else is cooking.

13. Person you would most like to cook for?
I’ll tell you the people I love cooking for is my stewarding team. I think that they hold the most important job in the kitchen and besides, they always tell me their honest opinion of my food. HAHAHAHA…

14. What made you decide to become a chef?
The decision to become a chef was not by choice, I was born and this is what I am. That’s the only truth I have for that because I never aspired to be a chef, nor did I have a grandmother or mother that taught me how to cook.

Connect with our August Chef of the Month!

Instagram: @chefjouvens

Facebook: @ChefJouvensJean

Website: http://chefjouvens.com/

Foundation: https://chefjouvensfoundation.org/

 

Check out Chef Jouven’s Restaurants!

Sawa Restaurant & Lounge
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean & Japanese fare
Located in: Shops at Merrick Park
360 San Lorenzo Ave #1500, Coral Gables, FL 33146

C’est Bon Cafe
European Style coffee shop with healthy smoothies and juices
Located in: Shops at Merrick Park
330 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

Manjay Restaurant Miami
Modern Caribbean Cuisine at The Citadel in Miami.
Address: 8300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138

Eclectico Restaurant (COMING SOON!)
Mexican/Pan Latin concept restaurant
Located in: Shops at Merrick Park
320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

 

 

Chef Dayanne’s Oatmeal Mini Cake Recipe

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Stir up the most important meal of the day! Chef Dayanne‘s Oatmeal Mini Cakes are a perfect treat to have for breakfast (or dessert, you can’t ever go wrong with that)! Chef Dayanne states that you can also make these cakes once and have breakfast ready for a week. Talk about a time-saver!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 green apple, chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup of raisins
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 pinch of baking powder

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients and let the oats soak up the almond milk.

2. Let the mixture rest for 5 minutes.

3. Place the mixture in a muffin baking sheet (don’t forget to grease it first).

4. Bake for 25 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

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

CHEF DAYANNE’S EGGPLANT AND WALNUT MEATBALLS RECIPE

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Chef Dayanne’s Eggplant & Walnut Meatball recipe is both vegetarian and carnivore approved! Try this new spin at a traditional dish- trust us, you won’t regret it AND it’s delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 egg white
  • Handful of roasted & chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Basil leaves
  • Salt & pepper
  • Marinara Sauce

Directions

1.  Bring the oven to 365 degrees.

2. Slice the eggplant in fine layers and place them in a large tray.

3. Add salt to both sides of the eggplant layers and place a paper towel on top.

4. Let rest for 15 minutes, the eggplant will “sweat” some water. Dry up with paper towel.

5. Place the eggplant in a greased baking sheet, coat with olive oil and bake until becomes golden brown.

6. Let the eggplant cool down a bit and bring to a food processor. Add shredded mozzarella, garlic powder and half of the bread crumbs. Salt and pepper to taste. Once the mixture is nice and soft, transfer to a bowl. Add the egg whites and stir well, you should have a nice, thick paste.

7. Add the chopped walnuts and mix by hand.

8. Bring the rest of the bread crumbs to a plate and assemble the meatballs. Make sure your hands are wet, make small-sized balls, and roll them in bread crumbs.

9. Bring a skillet to with olive oil to the stove in medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add the meatballs, make sure to rotate them so they cook evenly.

10. Add Marinara sauce.

11. Add some basil leaves for garnish, extra cheese if you desire and ENJOY!

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

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

CHEF DAYANNE’S ZUCCHINI RAVIOLI RECIPE

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If you’re craving pasta, but still want to eat healthy, then Chef Dayanne‘s Zucchini Ravioli Recipe is perfect for you! The dish is made of eggplant and mozzarella zucchini- definitely a delicious alternative to traditional ravioli. Get the recipe below!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella or ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of San Marzano Plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions for Filling

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Roast the eggplant until soft, let it cool down.

3. Remove the flesh from the eggplant and place in a bowl.

4. Add the eggs and mozzarella and mix everything very well.

5. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Directions for Zucchini Layers

It is ideal to have a Mandoline for this part of the recipe, but if you don’t have one
don’t get discouraged. You can still use a potato peeler or practice your knife skills.
Just be very careful!

1. Slice the zucchini in very thin and even layers, this is very important.

2. Add Salt and Pepper to taste to the zucchini.

How to Assemble

1. If you have a square mold (it is not necessary but will help you a lot) place the zucchini layers forming a cross.

2. Place some of the filling in the middle.

3. Very carefully bring the sides of the zucchini towards the center, making a nice square shape, and making sure the filling doesn’t come out.

4. Use a cooking brush to put some olive oil on top and place onto a baking sheet.

5. Continue this process until done with filling.

6. Bake all the ravioli until golden brown.

Directions for Tomato Sauce

1. Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil until translucent.

2. Add 2 minced garlic cloves. Add San Marzano plum tomatoes and mix well.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. To regulate acidity add a teaspoon of sugar or more if necessary. You can also add some water if sauce becomes too thick.

5. Bring the heat to low until the tomatoes dissolve.

6. At the very end, add some Chiffonade basil.

7. Mix well

Directions for Green Sauce

1. Bring a quarter pot of water to boil (Have a bowl full of iced water next to you).

2. Place the bunch of basil leaves into the boiling water and immediately transfer into the iced water.

3. With a hand blender, mix the basil with garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper

4. Plate and enjoy!

Connect with our May Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @dkpersonalchef

Facebook: @dkpersonalchef

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

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/

Chef Oscar’s Chilaquiles Recipe

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April’s Chef of the Month, Chef Oscar has shared with us his delicious Chilaquiles recipe! A traditional Mexican dish, the Chilaquiles is complete with fried tortilla, fresh Añejo cheese and a mixture of even more yummy ingredients! Get his recipe below!

Ingredients

1 egg, fried, sunny side up

4 Ounces fried tortillas

6 Ounces Mole Poblano

3 Ounces ancient grains & lentils

2 Ounces Crema Mexicana

2 Ounces Añejo cheese

1 Teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

1 Pinch parsley

Directions

1. In a plate set the FRIED tortilla strips in the center like a nest. (I like my tortillas in thick strips instead of triangles).

2. Heat up the mole until hot and pour on top of the tortilla strips.

3. Drizzle the cream.

4. Sprinkle the cheese.

5. Place fried eggs on top and garnish with the sesame seeds and parsley.

Connect with our April Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @oscardelrivero

Website: http://www.jaguarhg.com/

Chef Oscar’s Ancient Grains Veggie

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If you’re looking for a healthy and delicious dish, then Chef Oscar‘s Ancient Grains Veggie recipe is the way to go! Complete with fresh herbs and savory blends, this recipe contains all the the veggies and grains to satisfy your taste buds.

Ingredients

6 ounces ancient grains

4 ounces veggies (peppers, corn, heart of palm, sweet potato)

1 ounce thyme and mint mojo

2 ounces cilantro pesto

2 ounces red bell pepper sofrito

Directions

Use a blend of quinoa, farro, amaranth and lentils, cooked as per instructions on the packaging.

1. Heat the ancient grains and set on a plate or a bowl.

2. In a hot pan, sauté the veggies in hot oil until golden and add a mint sprig, a thyme sprig and a garlic mojo. (the sweet potato might have to be boiled before this point).

3. Remove the stems of the fresh herbs and set on top of the grains.

4. Place a spoonful of pesto to the right and a spoonful of red pepper sofrito next to the pesto.

Connect with our April Chef of the Month: 

Instagram: @oscardelrivero

Website: http://www.jaguarhg.com/

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