This past Monday my lifelong dreams became a reality when I graduated culinary school and became a professional chef!
Our final project was to create a banquet, or as Orthodox Jews may call it, a shmorg
. My class and I made an abundance of delicious freshly made foods. We were each assigned to make two or three original recipes and had the entire day to complete the mission. I made Jamaican spring rolls with spicy mango dipping sauce and my infamous mojito hamantashen
, all of which were not kosher. My parents flew in all the way from Columbus, Ohio to partake in my graduation celebrations. Since my parents, two sisters, and a bunch of my friends were coming, I brought along kosher pots and pans so I was able to make them some Kosher treats. I seared up pomegranate-citrus glazed salmon
and lemon-curry mashed potatoes (I snuck in some frozen lemon meringue bars
The day was hectic and such an adrenaline rush. We were each called up individually and were given a book and a toque. I think I donned my toque quite well if i do say so myself!
Here I go, out into the culinary world, armed with knives and a uniform. Some would describe that as going out to war, but I would call it living my dream!
Lemon-Curry Mashed Potatoes
Serves 8-10 people
8 Potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
½ Cup Butter
¾ C. Milk
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (adjust to your desired spiciness)
1 TBS. Curry
1 Lemon, juiced
Salt and Pepper
Walnuts, crushed (Optional)
Boil potatoes in water till soft. Drain. While hot, mash in the butter, milk and spices. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Starting Monday I will be interning at Solo 🙂