You just gotta love this name…Chi…say it sllllooooowwwly the Southernn way… ‘Chhhhahhhheeeee’…I first met this vivacious talented woman in Los Angeles. She immediately had an aura about her, an energy field that was magnetic, and we have become kindred foodies and just good friends. I love when I call Chi on the phone…she says in her exuberant voice “Alllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!” Just hearing that makes my day totally better.
Here’s how Chi describes herself… a single woman, living in NYC and offering random hyper-opinionated commentary from her personal perspective. Any resemblance to real life is completely unintentional and frankly comes as a complete surprise to the author of this blog.
So seeing how she made it to the Top 100 MasterChef contestants on Season 2 of the FOX hit show “Master Chef,” I just knew I had to share some of the random stuff in her brain. I asked her five, yes only 5, questions about her opinion(s) on cooking. The first was “What 3 tips would you give new cooks just getting into the kitchen…in other words, just taking up the zany world of cooking?” Come back for Chi’s next 4 questions…you don’t wanna miss it!
2. Be smart in the kitchen – keep food covered and at the appropriate temperatures, turn pot handles in on the stove, put knives away, and use the right tools for the job (e.g. a chef’s knife is not a can opener, and don’t use a cleaver to shuck oysters). There are plenty of opportunities for injury in the kitchen, there’s no need to up the odds.
3. Pay attention to your presentation – eating isn’t just about shoveling food into your mouth, your food should look good, smell good, AND taste good. That means leaving some ‘white’ space on your plate – you don’t have to cover every millimeter of the dish sometimes the contrast between space and substance is what makes the dish visually appealing.
I want you to know Chi…she’s someone who will definitely add value to your life. Chex out her website and her blog…you’ll come to love Chi like I do!
COME BACK and stay tuned to see what Chi’s three tips are for seasoned cooks!