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June 3 2018
5 - 9 PM

The Exactech Arena 
at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center

Hung Nguyen, Taste Restaurant Group 

What are your 3 signature dishes and give a brief description on how you prepare each dish?

Asian cuisine have to be my signature, I do have a good knowledge of different cuisine, so combining flavors has been a lot of fun. I prepare each dish with passion and enthusiasm. I'm sorry but a good chef shouldn't have only 3 signature dishes.

What are your first memories of cooking/being in the Kitchen? What led to your love of food? 

 Cooking with the kids in the neighborhood. I have always love food and how food can be so different from chef to chef, the possibilities are endless

What are your strengths/secret weapons?
My strength is knowing fundamental, with the basic knowledge of how each ingredients taste and react to each other is important. I also think I am creative when it come to food. Secret weapons i would say my age. most people think I am young, so i'm most often underestimated..

 

Tonya McGowan, Stewart's Catering

Describe your style of cooking:
Modern with a classic twist.

What are your 3 signature dishes and give a brief description on how you prepare each dish?

Seared Sea Scallop with Butter Squash Mash Accompanied by Roasted Shitake Mushrooms Saffron Cream. I sear the scallops on Himalayan salt blocks in front of the guest. Grilled New Zealand Rack of Lamb Accompanied by Roasted Leek White Cheddar Risotto and Cabernet Cherry Marmalade- I cook the risotto the classic way and carve the rack of lamp in front of the guest. Soups, Salads and Sauces- I make all of my own sauces and dressing by hand and I believe it shows in the high quality of my dishes.

What are your first memories of cooking/being in the Kitchen? What led to your love of food?

Cooking with my grandmother from a young age. I love to entertain and make people happy, what better way to get to know someone than around a good meal.

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Nester Espartero, Volcanic Sushi + Sake

Describe your style of cooking:
Asian Fusion.

What are your favorite memories in the kitchen? 
My grandmother always made good food and I always helped her even though in my culture man is not usually allowed in the kitchen.

What are your strengths/secret weapons?

My knife is my first secret weapon, followed determination and ability to work quickly under pressure.