How does it feel to:
- cook in the same kitchen where Bobby Flay shoots the Throwdown?
- prepare your own recipe and then feed 1200 people?
- do all of it at an event where also Jean Georges, Daniel Boulud, Cesare Casella, Zack Pellaccio and other great chef are invited?
- have a great team of fantastic people to help me out?
- do all this very close to your own house on the Upper West Side?
Well I had a chance at trying all this 2 weeks ago when I participated to a wonderful event called The New Taste of the Upper West Side. What a fantastic experience and how many surprises!
Cooking in the Food Network Kitchen where Bobby Flay shoots the Throwdown was awesome and I was blessed with a lot of great people who helped me: Kurt, the bread slicer, Susan the little genie, Graciela for additional help in the kitchen and on location,Lindsay and Gordon the taste testers and crostini decorators, Lynda, who organized everything and volunteered a sizable portion of her living room decorative elements, Robert Skorr and his fantastic (and safe) chafing dishes. IT WAS SOOOOO MUCH FUN!!!
Thank you all for the help and the support I loved every minute of this event… cooking, talking to people and feeling like a real Food Network Star for one day! Maybe I will be a bona fide one soon 😉
Last but not least, here is the recipe of my tasty bite for the New Taste of the Upper West Side: Skirt Steak Crostini with green creme fraische and a sundried tomato pesto.