#YokoChopped: Making the Cut

    I’ve sat in front the TV many evenings. The cleaver comes flying down in the midst of the letters C-H-O-P-P-E-D to the suspenseful, gameshow-like music. The competitors are introduced and welcomed, and the somewhere-between-cavalier-and-prestigious voice of Ted Allen makes clear the rules: “Welcome, chefs! Here are the rules: There are three rounds- mandatory ingredients for each course….

Chopped: Me & You (Round 3)

The story of my participation in the #YokoChopped completion are coming to you today at 2PM EST. Until then… The rules remain the same: 4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. The difference is, I’m that WINNER- unless you say otherwise. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the day I competed in CFAY’s Chopped competition and…

Would You Make It On Chopped? Round 2

You know the rules! 4 cooks, 3 rounds, and 4 ingredients per round, but only one winner. Below are the required mystery ingredients from the second day of competition and the allowed times. What masterpiece would you prepare? Would you triumph or would you be CHOPPED? To submit your dish, click the REPLY button up top. APPETIZER…

Sorry to Keep You Wading…

The #YokoChopped #battles aren’t over just yet. But while we wait for Monday’s finale, here’s a sigh of relief breathed during Carrier Strike Group 5’s Fall Patrol. I remember the first breakfast here. The first egg I cracked, I watched the yolk slide from the center of the whites to its outer edge and then…

Where In the World Is Chef?!

Still cruising the Pacific. Here’s the conclusion to the previous meal for the Admiral. The rest is to come soon…ish!

Welcome Aboard

Sorry to have left you stranded in the middle of Maryland. I’ve gotten a bit tangled up in work and since I haven’t had the chance to update you in my travels, I thought I would fly you into my current journey. I am currently a few stories above the surface of the ocean. Nonetheless…

Burgers and Berries in MerryLand #JapanBut1st

 Forgive my absence; I’ve been familiarizing myself with life at sea, just as I’m remembering some years ago how I was certain I wasn’t going to work for a cruise line because I couldn’t imagine being stuck out to sea for months at a time. Such is the irony of life. But we left off…

Brooklyn #JapanBut1st

 My time in Manhattan was short-lived, …considering that my aunt whose baked goods I love, especially the coconut tarts, and her family were out of state! But I was on the road again! Unfortunately, by the time I got moving, it felt like I was on the road to the next borough for just as…

Morimoto #JapanBut1st

Boston was cool I had been waiting for this day for some time. Boston was cool, sometimes too cool, like back-aching-shoveling-feet-deep-blizzard cool. I was ready to see my family. And gastronomically speaking, (it may have been my fault) but I was getting bored, ready for something more. I imagine there was much more I hadn’t…

Professionalism: MasterChef Update

“This is a very professional looking plate,” the casting judge said, uttering perhaps the most perplexing, formidable words that evening. In the window of one to three days, all participants at the MasterChef open call would know whether they’d be advancing to the next step. Well, simply said, 3 days has come and gone, about…

Executing a MasterPlan

Okay. Finally in. Finally out. Sitting down eating the dish I presented. I hope you all have enjoyed the suspense as much as I have. I arrived at the open call at 3:30pm. I signed in. I looked around. I checked my parking meter, and I wrote you a letter describing the moments leading up to the…

Thinking of a Master Plan

Hey! How’s it goin. Little bit of time on my hands so I figured I’d say hi and let you know what’s going on. I’m sure there’s an elaborate climatic way to say this but I don’t have it right now. Ever heard of the show MasterChef? Yeah, the show on FOX  Gordon Ramsey taking…