One Chef who is known and respected throughout the industry and another who battled his way through hell to become an instant fan favorite
Saturday I told you how I was selected to judge a chef cook-off for the Cadillac Culinary Cookoff. I am so happy I was, because getting to meet and listen to Jonathan Waxman and Jason Santos was one of the highlights of my summer.
I arrived about an hour before the event and had the pleasure to meet with David from Big Fuel, the events social media reps. It was great to hear how they are using this event to connect with local bloggers all over the country.
Both chefs where given a specific ingredient to center a dish around.
With the ingredient picked the chefs created their separate dishes. Without planning they both picked lamb but prepared the dishes in completely different styles. Lamb sausage Squash Ragu for Chef Waxman and a Grilled Lamb with Greek Style Summer Squash Salad with Black Olive Yogurt.
For about 45 minutes myself and a tent full of guests watched and listened while the two chefs and their teams prepared their dishes. From the very beginning of the challenge, the chefs were entertaining and inspiring. They talked about why those chose their ingredients, tips on how to cook , their time on Top Chef Masters and Hell's Kitchen and why they became chefs.
|Chef Santos telling us that Gordon Ramsey is really a nice guy!!|
|Chef Waxman talking about the importance of seasoning your dish|
|Heirloom tomatoes and olive yogurt! Oh My!!|
Chef's tip was to take two plastic deli covers and place the tomatoes in between. Then with slight pressure on the top lid, slide your knife across the tomatoes and TADA! Within seconds all your tomatoes are sliced evenly in half at once! Simple and genius!
|Chef Santos's Grilled Lamb with Greek Style Summer Squash & Tomato Salad with Black Olive Yogurt|
|Chef Waxman's Squash Ragout with Spicy Merguez|
I was so inspired in fact, that I drove home and whipped up my own variation of his meal. A summer vegetable ragout with pesto and orzo. Yummy!
|My own one pot dish of summer veggies!|
This day was a day I will remember! It reminded my why I love to cook, the influences that got me into the kitchen (yes my mom and grandmother!) and that you should never take food to seriously! If you like something go for it. Food is meant to be enjoyed not over analyzed.
Thanks again to Cadillac, Big Fuel and the Boston Food Bloggers for getting me involved!