Fans of cooking challenges on reality TV should now rejoice as a new Iron Chef has been named. Alex Guarnaschelli bested Chopped judge Amanda Freitag in the Season 5 of The Next Iron Chef. She is the second female Iron Chef in the show.
Winner Alex Guarnaschelli said she and Amanda Freitag were surprised about the final decision. She admitted not expecting so much as to who will be the next winner. She also liked the fact that the competition was not gender-based just like the comment of judge Simon Majumdar when he said “These are two chefs who cooked all the way to the finale and they happen to be women.”
The judges during the finals were highly acclaimed chefs. They are Iron Chefs Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto including the latest Iron Chef winner Geoffrey Zakarian, food and travel writer Simon, restaurateur Donatella Arpaia. According to Symon, it was a close fight as the last remaining contenders did make delicious and inventive food.
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Do you often buy small kitchen appliances that serve a specific purpose? Does your urge to buy them stem from your frequent watching of TV shows that introduce new kitchen products in the market?
If you are and if you’ve currently found a lot of them unused in your kitchen, then maybe it’s time to get rid of some of them. It’s the end of the year and decluttering is good for you and your home.
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Olive oil is fat in the real sense of the word. But the fat that it contains is the monounsaturated fatty acid or MUFA considered to be the healthy type.
There are several health benefits to be gained from olive oil consumption. Firstly, it lowers the risk of heart disease together with the polyunsaturated fat. It is able to do this by cutting total cholesterol levels. Some studies have found that MUFAs also control insulin and blood sugar levels.
Olive oil can be a good alternative to your butter or stick margarine. Do remember it’s never appropriate to use them together.
When shopping for this item, pick the one that is less processed as it still contains the nutrients. The extra virgin oil, which is more expensive, goes through the first pressing only and therefore, retains the most flavor. The cold pressed ones and virgin oil are okay as well as they are not heated up beyond room temperature. What you should avoid are the regular or pure olive oil which normally undergoes refining and filtering. Generally, they have lower nutrients.
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As Thanksgiving in the U.S. approaches, for sure couples and families are now thinking of what dishes to prepare for this very special occasion. There’s no question that the turkey will continue to be the highlight of the menu.
Unless you have a big family who are turkey lovers, it is expected that many will have leftovers after the Thanksgiving celebration. But don’t throw them away yet because you can still make use of them in your meal for a few days more.
One way of using turkey leftovers is to make burgers. Here’s one recipe from Guy Fieri of Guy’s Big Bite called Jewels turkey-jasmine burgers.
To make the burgers, cut into tiny bits or ground the turkey leftover. Then mix with steamed jasmine rice (or any rice that’s available), thinly sliced spring onions, bread crumbs, one-half teaspoon sesame oil, one tablespoon soy sauce, one large egg, one Thai chilli or serrano chilli that’s minced, one teaspoon sugar and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well until all ingredients are blended.
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Martha Stewart has always proclaimed her love for cookies. If you’ve followed her shows on TV, you would know the different types of cookies she’s made that are truly delicious and attractive to look at. Most are easy to prepare.
The good news is that Martha now has a cookies app for both the iPhone and iPad. Through this new app, those who love baking can find a wide assortment of cookie recipes. This new and advanced tool features a beautiful design and more than 90 recipes. It also contains how-to videos, baking tips, ideas for packaging, kitchen times, shopping lists, sharing options and search features. It’s a great resource to use particularly for those new in baking and the new moms or wives who like to try their skills in this field.
If there’s one female celebrity chef that I admire a lot (and I know there are many of us who do), it has to be Rachel Ray. Cooking may not be her main profession but this famous talk show host can really cook and has excellent skills that can compare with the real chefs out there. Her cooking and hosting skills are incomparable.
I watch the Rachael Ray show as often as I could when I have the time. I used to watch her Rachael Ray Vacations as well. But it was only lately that I learned that this amazing woman actually has four shows in the Food Network and 14 best-selling cookbooks. Currently, she also has a magazine called Every Day with Rachael Ray and has a line of kitchen products that are of vibrant colors (orange, yellow green, red and yellow) unlike the usual black and silver colored ones we’re used to seeing.
Rachael is also a devoted wife to John Cusimano. She’s proud of her man whom she features in her show every now and then. And if you think that she’s too tired to cook for John when they get home after a busy day, think again. She loves to cook at home and the favorite dish her husband craves for every time is Carbonara. Rachel even describes as “extra sexy” her eating Carbonara in big servings with husband John especially at midnight.
Rachael was exposed to the art of cooking at an early age when she was around three or four years old. Being the daughter of a restaurant owner, she would often watch her mom cook and then she would try it out herself.
As she was growing up, Rachael got more exposed to a variety of cooking techniques courtesy of her maternal grandfather and the family of her dad. Her family owned a number of restaurants in Massachussets and Rachael herself got involved in several jobs that dealt with food and drinks until she got into TV hosting.
If you like to learn some quick yet delicious recipes for your every day meals, just tune in to the Rachael Ray Show. You’ll not only learn to prepare and cook food but will get updated as well on your favorite celebrities.
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Celebrity chefs of today have inspired many young people to consider a career in culinary arts. Even the not-so-young working professionals have been observed to be showing incredible interest in the field. This may be due to many reasons but it is quite clear that immense financial possibilities and popularity form the core of this renewed interest in cooking careers.
Steps in Training to Become a Celebrity Chef
1. Get the Required Education
Enrolling in a Culinary Arts Program provides advantages in terms of the basic and “academic” learning that may be needed by chefs. Available programs range from certificate courses to master’s degrees. The appropriate program would depend on the skills and education already acquired prior to the program.
2. Get the Experience
Graduates of cooking schools do not automatically become good cooks or chefs. Experience is probably the single most important factor in determining whether a chef is destined for greatness or not. There are actually several famous chefs who have gone on to stardom on the strength of their extensive experience rather than by virtue of academic honors.
3. Identify the Career Path Desired
Celebrity chefs have different fortes in which they excel in. It is best for an aspiring celebrity chef to identify which path he desires and work on that choice vigorously. This may involve internships and apprenticeships under a preferred celebrity chef, and further formal and specialized training.
4. Create an Identity
No chef can ever be a celebrity if he is not able to set himself apart from the rest. This may be done by operating a restaurant of his own while seeking to develop a unique brand that will identify him. Nowadays, joining competitions on TV appear to be the most commonly practiced route to stardom. Even non-winners eventually find themselves recipients of offers if they managed to get the attention of producers.
5. Never Stop Learning
One of the secrets of celebrity chefs is that they never stop at their laurels. They continue to learn and evolve so that they remain current with the times while maintaining their established image. Celebrity status comes with work and responsibility.
An aspiring celebrity chef can either put his career on the hands of fate or he can do what most celebrity chefs have done which is to train hard and work hard.
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Gina is a recruitment officer who regularly handles applications on jobs for chefs.
A lot of people are so passionate about cooking. Even those who don’t have a formal education in culinary studies are so into it.
You may have observed the aspiring chefs in the various cooking challenges on television. They come from different backgrounds and professions. There were writers, engineers and office employees who joined in the hope of getting the attention of top celebrity chefs and restaurateurs as well as improving their culinary skills.
The good news now is that you don’t have to take part in a reality cooking show on TV to be able to personally experience using state of the art kitchen gadgets and appliances. There are high-tech kitchen tools including software apps available these days that you can invest in and use to help you in creating your most loved dishes, celebrity style regardless of the occasion.
Belkin Kitchen Cabinet Mount – What this tool does is allow you to use your tablet safely without taking up much space and risking your device to get wet or stained by food you’re preparing. So you can look at recipes or watch videos first before you do the cooking. Another type is the Belkin Chef stand with stylus for the same purpose.
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If there’s one female chef in the U.S. who has been getting international attention, it has to be White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford. This woman is so down to earth but is very skilled she always stands out wherever she goes. In fact, she has achieved several firsts in her career as a chef.
Born in the Philippines, Cris as she’s often called majored in Food Technology at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She went to the U.S. at the age of 23 and landed her first job at the Sheraton Hotel. Since then, Cris has held a number of positions but being the White House executive chef is the most challenging job she’s had, so far.
Comerford is the first female to hold the White House executive chef position. She is also the first chef of ethnic minority origin in the U.S. holding this post.
It was in 1995 when Comerford was recruited to the White House during the administration of Bill Clinton. She held the post of executive chef after being appointed by then First Lady Laura Bush 10 years after in 2005. Bush apparently was impressed with how Cris handled a large dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Outside of the White House, this Filipina chef is the only female in the Club des Chefs des Chef, considered the world’s most elite group of cuisinaires. This prestigious club with 40 members celebrated last month the 50th anniversary of the German-French post-war reconciliation with a week-long meeting in Berlin, Germany with Cris Comerford in attendance.
Founded in 1977 by Gilles Bragard, Club des Chefs des Chefs is an elite culinary fraternity whose members work for heads of state and royal families. Each year, the members tour a different member country to explore local cuisine, visit farmer’s markets and prepare meals for heads of state. This year marks the group’s 35th anniversary and apart from Germany, the members visited Paris, France as well.
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Crispy. Crunchy. Tasty. Best eaten with hands. What else could this be but the all-time favorite fried chicken.
The month of July is significant in the U.S. It’s during this month when the country marks the National Fried Chicken Day specifically every 6th of July.
The first fried chicken in the U.S. was created in the countryside in the south. It was prepared in a straightforward manner — soaked in buttermilk then seasoned with flour by shaking the chicken in a brown paper bag and then fried in a cast-iron skillet. History has it that the oldest recipe for this popular food written by Mary Randolph dates back to 1928 and published in The Virginia House-Wife.
Today, there are numerous variations of the fried chicken. The difference is in the way they are prepared from seasoning to marinating.
Marinating the chicken in your preferred spices and seasoning is a must if you want to make it tasty. Letting it stay in the marinade overnight is strongly recommended. This way, the flavors can really get into the chicken.
If you want it well-done and juicy on the inside, you can also boil the chicken first then marinate it afterwards.
To achieve that crisp, there are various steps that you can take. One way is to dredge it directly in flour or cornstarch. You can do it once but to create a thick crust, you need to double dredge. By doing the double dredge, you can be sure that your fried chicken stays crunchy even if it won’t be eaten right away.
Another way is to dip it first in beaten egg before dredging it in flour. The goal here is to make the flour stick well to the chicken and the egg does this job well.
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