Kitchen Connection - Featured Cheffie: Ariel From Puerto Rico
Live as if you're going to die today, but learn as if you're going to live forever.
Who is your favorite person(s) to cook for? / Eat with? My bestfriends back in Brooklyn
What are your favorite dishes or cooking topics to teach? Pasta or fish dishes
Do you have any cooking/food superstitions? Nope
If you could get a tattoo of a food, what would it be and why? I'd get an onion, because of its versatility and ability to help dishes transform in many ways. In some ways this describes my personality.
What is one dish, drink or food topic that you really want to learn or master? I'd like to really master Italian food.
Favorite food(s) /drinks from your home country (ies): My favorite food from where I'm from would have to be Jamaican food.
Favorite food(s) / drink(s) from other countries: I love handmade pastas at mom and pop Italian places
If you're not living in the same place where you grew up, how have your food traditions changed/ evolved with you? Living down South has helped me learn how to cook on an electric stove. Being that i grew up in New York City, I hadn't ever heard of an electric stove. When I moved to Florida, it was a change and it really helped me with cooking times and how i prepared things.
Who was the first one to expose you to cooking/good eating? Who has the most influence on how/what you cook? * My grandmother. I remember her cooking every night. Lots of traditional Spanish foods. I try to influence myself and challenge myself to try and make things I've never touched, tasted or even seen before.
What is your never fail piece of cooking advice? Did someone pass it on to you? Did you learn that lesson the hard way? * Low and slow. One of my chef instructors always said this when cooking in class; it stuck after burning risotto four times.
What would your last meal on Earth be? 12oz filet ( Pittsburgh, Med Rare), baked mac & cheese with a side of collard greens (ham).
Favorite kitchen equipment/gadget? Fish spatula
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