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Meet the Chefs

 

Steven Grimes, Crane Ramen, 2016 Iron Chef Gainesville Winner

JSP 9096   

Describe your style of cooking?

My cooking foundation is Asian-style cooking focusing on Japanese techniques.

What are your first memories of cooking/being in the Kitchen? 

I remember making ice cream with my grandma as a kid and making banana bread for my teachers. 

What are your strengths/secret weapons in the kitchen?

Relentless work ethic & problem-solving!


 

Frankie Harvey, Owner, The Elegant Gourmet, 2015 Iron Chef Gainesville Winner

harveyweb.jpg Describe your style of cooking (creole, Italian, barbeque)?
I primarily draw my inspiration from Mediterranean countries, but I am not limited to that style. I enjoy bringing back home with me recipes I learned while traveling, which I use to create fusions from across the globe.

How long have you been cooking?
I’ve been cooking since I was very young. It started with my large Lebanese family on my mom’s side. I have five children of my own, so I never stopped cooking.

What are your first memories of cooking/being in the Kitchen? What led to your love of food?
One memory I hold close is of my grandparents rising early each day to make fresh pita bread. A few of my uncles owned restaurants, and one of my aunts owned an incredible bakery in South Florida. As children, we would have to work there to help out on the weekends baking all kinds of Middle Eastern food, pastries, and everything in between. It was a continual process of sensory learning.

How would you describe yourself in one word?
Passionate.

 

Christy Angerhofer, North Florida Regional Medical Center 

ChefChristy   

Describe your style of cooking?
Latin Fusion.

How long have you been cooking?
I grew up watching Julia Childs and the Galloping Gourmet as a kid. I couldn't peel my eyes off the television when they were on. I was always helping my Mom in the kitchen at a very young age. While I would stay home for the summers, I would look and see what we had in the fridge, pull out cookbooks and make dinner for the entire family!

Who is the greatest influence on your cooking & why?
My mother was the greatest influence on my cooking. Her Cuban cooking was the absolute best and people still run to get it when they hear she is in the kitchen. 

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a mother. Being a full-time Mom and working full-time is not an easy task but I somehow find a way to be successful at both.