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Do you wonder what the rich and famous eat? What extravagant meals their private chefs prepare for them? Well, I can’t speak for all of them but I can speak of the meals I have made for some of them in my decade long experience as a private chef. NDA’s don’t allow me to name names but I certainly can tell you what I prepared for them and what line of work they are in. I always want to respect the privacy of what people do in their own home so I will only be writing about food.
You may be surprised what these actors, major league athletes and high net worth people request for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I did two types of private cooking. One is daily meals that included the family of the high profile person. The other type is a party chef where clients don’t have need for daily meals but they frequently entertain in their home and want lavish meals that impress their guests. Sometimes when an actor or actress is filming in my city I would do short term cooking in their rental for the duration of their film schedule.
This series will contain the most favorited and requested meals that you can make at home. No matter who I was cooking for it was always in a home kitchen. No fancy restaurant equipment. Fancy looking kitchens yes. Funny thing, many large homes do not have large ovens unless the owner likes to cook and has it designed that way.
I will warn you in advance, no one is paying a private chef to make simple food like grilled chicken and steamed green beans. They expect elevated flavors and a picture perfect presentation, rightfully so. I will give you some of my chef recipe examples in this series.
The written recipes will be in my upcoming book that will be digitally available with full color images suited to your ipad, ereader or computer. Sign up if you would like to get the alert when it launches! A pop up will appear on any of the chef recipes pages in this series.
Part 1. The salad.
This installment is what I refer to as my house salad. It is a composed salad with a fried green tomato slice (or slices if very large green tomatoes are not available) as the foundation.
This dish would really stress me out. Why? Dinner parties have a preset menu the host or hostess approves well before the date of the event. Green tomato availability is hit or miss. They need to be bought the day before or day of the event in addition to all the prep of other components.
Clients and their guests raved about this salad every single time.
Why it works? So many flavors and textures that balance each other out.
See the video here.
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Part 11: Spicy Pecan Rice
This rice is gorgeously complex in flavor. Heat is there absolutely but it’s rounded out by other flavors turning it into the star of the dish. See the video below.