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April 2021 Chef of the Month – Jessica Scott

What better way to bring in Spring and the month of April than with our April 2021 Chef of the Month, Jessica Scott?!
Chef Jess grew up in San Diego, California and now resides in Las Vegas where she’s the corporate pastry chef for 50 Eggs Inc, a hospitality group that includes brands such as the Yardbird, CHICA and Spritz brands!
After attending culinary school, the talented pastry chef realized what it meant to become a true chef while working Sushi alongside Chef Koji. Chef Jess is driven and strives to put out the best dishes possible. She believes that one must never stop learning and embraces the fact that knowledge is limitless.
Chef Jess is the winner of Food Network’s Desert game and season 3 Halloween Baking Championship Finalist! She’s also a cheese monger and a lover of passion fruit. We’re so excited to introduce her story, plus stay tuned for some delicious recipes & shop her look!

1. Where were you born? 

I grew up in San Diego, California.

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

I am the Corporate Pastry Chef for 50 Eggs Inc that includes the Yardbird, CHICA, and Spritz brands. I am based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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

My favorite tool is the kitchen is an offset spatula. It smooths surfaces, releases product from pans, and assists in plating.

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

My sharpest sense would have to be my sense of smell. I can tell that things are baked even before the timer goes off, and it’s a big reason why I can multi-task so much!

5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs?

Never stop learning. There are so many details that go into making a food-related business work and the more that you know, the more valuable you are. Research alternate cooking techniques, perfect your computer skills, learn how your equipment works and how to make minor repairs, or even branch out and explore different cultures and where dishes have originated. There are no limits to the amount of knowledge that you can obtain and use for your own benefit.

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

Knife skills. No matter what type of food you prepare, I think that knowing how to handle, cut, and sharpen your knives is something that is taken for granted too often and shows your professionalism and respect for your craft.

7. What does good food mean to you?

Good food to me means balance. I need balance of not only just flavor, but also texture and temperature. Combine all of that and give me something I’ve never had before, then I’ll be talking about your food for years!

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

Luckily in my position I have a lot of freedom when it comes to appearance! I try to stand out while staying professional by always wearing slim-fitting coats and pants, with a colorful or unique colored apron as a statement piece.

9. Favorite ingredient to work with? 

My favorite ingredient to work with is passionfruit. It’s a flavor that can be so powerful, but also melds so well when combined with other fruits.

10. Favorite City to dine out in? 

My favorite city to dine out in would have to be Mexico City. The city is bustling with life, culture, and above all else – food! The type of respect and commitment to food is seen through the quality of product and constant service being offered in even the most casual concepts on the street. You can’t help but feel inspired!

11. Best Dish you have ever made? 

My favorite dish of mine would have to be the “Faux Cheesey” Dessert. It’s a complete cheese plate where nothing is made of cheese and everything is sweet! The prosciutto, salami, blue cheese, olives, and even the strawberries are all made with different pastry recipes to achieve authentic color and texture to mimic a real plate. It can be really interactive to have a full display of dishes that you simply have no idea what to expect next!

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

Most often on my days off, I just LOVE making epic cheese boards! I used to be a cheese monger for some time, and there’s nothing better than visiting a cheese shop and trying out new seasonal offerings, local salami, and some wine to complete!

13. Person you would most like to cook for? 

Cooking for someone wouldn’t be on my list of to-dos, but I would love to cook WITH Duff Goldman. The dude is so nice in person, and I love that his style is always pertaining to the guest, he never cooks out of ego. I really enjoy creating and testing weird ideas out and I think that collaborating with him would be so epic!

14. What made you decide to become a chef?

When I originally went to culinary school, I didn’t really understand the meaning of being a chef. It wasn’t until I was given the chance to work Sushi at a restaurant in San Diego, that gave me that drive. My Chef not only taught me everything he knew about sushi, but he taught me the importance of respecting all ingredients, respect for others in the kitchen, and putting out the best dishes possible. Chef Koji gave me a reason to be my best self and to strive to be the best no matter the level of work it entailed.

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Instagram: @jessicamfscott

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Chef Benjamin’s Ostrich Pasta Recipe

An exquisite addition to add to your chef repertoire is Chef Benjamin’s Ostrich Pasta recipe. This dish is full of delectable flavors that blend to create the ultimate spin on to your everyday Linguini pasta. Find it below!

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Ingredients

  • Ostrich Meat
  • Shallots
  • Garlic
  • Curly Parsley
  • Eggs
  • Semolina Flour
  • Linguini Pasta
  • Tomatoes
  • Greek Olive Oil
  • Green Onion
  • Italian Parsley
  • Danish Butter
  • Korean Basil

Directions

  1. Ground ostrich meat with shallots, garlic, curly parsley, eggs and Semolina flour.
  2. Cook Linguini pasta.
  3. Blend tomatoes, Italian parsley, Danish butter, Greek olive oil, green onions and reduce.
  4. Let it cool. Add Korean basil and serve as sauce.
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Chef Benjamin’s Wagyu Enferno Recipe

Ever dreamed of biting into the perfect piece of beef? Now you can. Our February Chef of the Month, Benjamin Kal, has shared his Wagyu Enferno recipe. This gourmet dish is ideal for all you carnivores out there! Get the recipe below.

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Ingredients

  • Wagyu A5 tenderloin
  • Salt
  • Gold Leaf
  • Long grain rice
  • Beef broth
  • King Oyster Mushroom
  • Sweet Paprika
  • Honey
  • Starfruit

Directions

  1. Cut Wagyu A5 tenderloin into rectangles approximately 2 inches wide by 4 inches long by 1.5 inches thick. Season with salt & Gold Leaf.
  2. Cook long grain rice with beef broth & season with salt.
  3. Steam King Oyster Mushroom & glaze with sweet paprika & honey.
  4. Slice Starfruit

 

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Chef Benjamin’s Lobster Pearl Recipe

We’re in for a treat this February! Our Chef of the Month, Benjamin Kal, has shared his gourmet Lobster Pearl Recipe. If you’re looking for a tasty, low-hassle dish to create, then look no further. Find his recipe below.

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb Maine Lobster
  • Mustard Seeds
  • White vinegar
  • Dark Maple Syrup
  • Scallops
  • Olive Oil
  • Butter
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Potatoes
  • Lemon Peppered Pearls

Directions

  1. Cook Maine Lobster and deconstruct.
  2. Combine yellow mustard seeds, white vinegar and dark maple syrup.
  3. Cook fresh scallops with olive oil & butter, lightly add salt & pepper.
  4. Bake one potato and shape into a ball. Wait to cool, reshape the potato and fry the outside.
  5. Add Lemon Pepper Pearls.
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February 2020 Chef of the Month- Benjamin Kal

serving-looks-pose-wine-cheese-1We’re happy to introduce our amazing February Chef of the Month, Benjamin Kal! Chef Benjamin currently operates a high- end French Chalet in San Diego that offers breakfast, dinner & private cooking classes. Although based in San Diego, Chef Benjamin is also a private gourmet travel chef and travels all over to share his fantastic food. Chef Benjamin didn’t always want to be a chef, but he found his calling when he least expected it. His story is inspirational, find it below and shop his look!

  1. Where were you born? Mesopotamia
  2. Where do you work and where are you based? I operate a high end 4-story French Chalet exclusive stay called “The Chamber House” in San Diego, offering breakfast and dinner, as well as private cooking classes 4 days a week. Although I am based in San Diego, I travel everywhere, local and across state lines as a Private Gourmet Chef for small and large functions. The Chamber House maintains a 92% occupancy rate and I am booked nearly two months out. I also hold a Five-Star rating in three categories: Food, Hospitality and Experience. You can find me on Instagram @chefbenjaminepicure
  3. What is your favorite kitchen tool in creating your masterpieces/dishes? A Spoon. Believe it or not, I use all parts of a Spoon when plating and certainly creating abstract and ornate designs. I utilize handle, the back, the neck, the bowl, the tip and even the inside. Each part gives me the desired outcome and whether I am pouring, shaping, smashing or spreading sauces and purees, I must have my trusted and handy spoon nearby.
  4. What is your sharpest sense out of all the 5 senses? Being an Artist first and foremost, I consider sight as being my sharpest attribute. The nexus between universal beauty and the endorphins that the receiver of my dishes gain is in and of itself the magic and secret behind my success as a Chef, humbly.
  5. What advice would you offer for aspiring chefs? Being a Chef isn’t something you choose. I truly believe that it chooses you. It’s not enough that food is your passion or that art is your calling. It’s beyond—it’s enchanting and addictive, spiritual and philosophical, pragmatic and absurd. Somewhere in that, it finds you, let it I say, if you’re the few lucky ones.
  6. What is one culinary tip every chef should know and perfect? Know the basics. Forget trying to be impressive with fancy dishes, colors and abstract. Make an egg or a burger. Embrace the classical rudimentary food techniques.
  7. What does being a good Chef mean to you? Being a Chef actually saved my life. I didn’t always want to be a Chef, food was not a passion of mine, nor was it something I thought about. Growing up, my level and interest in cooking was essentially nonexistent. It wasn’t until a minor time ago where I unknowingly suffered from depression and triggering levels of anxiety. I was in a different job, a completely unrelated career accompanied by arguably the most toxic environment one could be in. I would describe my state of mind at that time as that of traveling on a freeway tied up in the back seat of a car, desperately attempting to get noticed by all the cars passing, yet I cannot scream and when I do, they cannot hear me. Voiceless, nonexistent and living anticlimactic. I was, you can say in a very, very dark place. One day, I ended up at a Korean Market, I was drawn in by the large crowd and then gravitated to the array of colors, cooking components, and all the crustaceans galore. Without having any cooking experience, technique or skill I purchased ingredients. I don’t know why or for what. I still remember however, I purchased Quail, Rabbit, Octopus and Japanese Parrot Fish and various garnishes as well. I had never tasted, let alone prepared such exotic proteins before. When I got home, I remember being in a trance; a heightened sense of mindfulness hijacked my calm state of being. Without recipe or training, I went onto create 3 high-end Gourmet Dishes. I know that readers will find this hard to believe and trust me, as unbelievable as you find it, I find it even more so. It was such a spellbound moment that I was convinced there was something wrong with me. Soliciting the help of my siblings who are doctors, I frantically sought answers to these mystical questions. How was I able to create such works of art? Where is this coming from? How am I able to know these unlearned techniques? How is it that I tapped into this sphere in my brain? In short, rewriting my brain in such a way that shocked those around me. Likened to cases where people rise out of a Coma or experienced brain trauma and suddenly speak another language or having an accent in their native language or waking up one day spectacularly playing an instrument. Believe me, I am not complaining, and my wife certainly isn’t. We both view this as a gift, albeit unexplained and organic. My life you can say, is simply extraordinary.
  8. What features are important to you when selecting your chef outfit? Form fitting, there is nothing like a well-tailored outfit.
  9. Favorite ingredient to work with? Eggs
  10. Favorite City to dine out in? Chicago
  11. Best Dish you have ever made? The first dish I ever made, sliced Duck Breast over veggies and topped with a thick Cherry Reduction.
  12. What you like to eat most often on your days off? Chateaubriand.
  13. Person you would most like to cook for? My wife, she is one of the best food critics I know, she is a fantastical foodie.
  14. What made you decide to become a chef? The universe aligned itself in such a way that I didn’t decide. It made the decision for me.
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Instagram: @chefbenjaminepicure
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