1. Why do you want to compete in this challenge?
It's so easy to fall back on the same old dishes so, I'm always looking for inspiration in the kitchen. More often than not, that inspiration comes from new ingredients whether it's some exotic vegetable at the farmers market or an interesting condiment at a gourmet market. The idea of having a box of ingredients from Marx Foods just show up at my door to create with is very exciting to me as another way to get those creative juices flowing.
2. Limitations of time/space notwithstanding, whose kitchen would you like to spend the day in & why?
Julia Child, Thomas Keller, Ferran Adria, James Beard, Marie-Antoine Careme, or The Swedish Chef
Definitely Julia. Even though she was a classically trained chef I still think of her as a home cook who first & foremost cooked because she loved to eat. She was a perfectionist when it came to creating recipes for her cookbooks but, I'm betting in real life she was a lot of fun in the kitchen. She just seems like some who truly embraced life.
3. What morsel are you most likely to swipe from family & friends’ plates when they aren’t looking?
Bring on the pork, the bacon, the pork belly, the confit, the ribs... It's like candy to me.
4. Sum your childhood up in one meal.
My mom is a fabulous cook who has always liked to experiment in the kitchen introducing us to things like curried shrimp as kids but, the the ultimate comfort food, homemade bake macaroni & cheese with a side of peas, will always take me back to childhood.
5. The one mainstream food you can’t stand?
This is a toughie because I'm not sure if you can call the stuff I can't stand mainstream & I find as I get older things I think I couldn't stand I now love. That said, despite my love for sushi, I can't stand Uni (Sea Urchin) I find the texture & flavor just hard to swallow. I also can't even take the smell of liver & onions but give me a good pate on the other hand....
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