Category Archives: food

The Four Sides to “Stevie Ray”

  “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” -Rudyard Kipling     Steven Longe, a.ka. “John Steven” or “Stevie Ray” in our kitchen is a behind the scenes player … Continue reading

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The Pizza Challenge, Accepted

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”  – Bernice Johnson Reagan Taking on a good challenge is something I’ve always respected. In the modern hospital kitchen, specifically ours, every day can bring a new … Continue reading

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Hungarian Goulash, Then and Now

Being a chef, many people often ask me if I get my cooking inspiration from my mother. I quickly answer that question by saying… “No not really, but I get my work ethic from her and my father as well.” Growing … Continue reading

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Walking The Walk, Means Talking The Talk

Recently when a colleague was touring our operation,  we briefly discussed the unique verbage used in our hospital kitchen today. We talked about how this wasn’t always the case in the healthcare world. In hospital kitchens, we used to be “institutionalized.” As I … Continue reading

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The Facebook Post That Changed My Day

While scrolling through my Facebook news feed today, I read something that truly inspired me, and instantly made me feel good. In turn, I hit the thumbs up sign  just like everyone else does when they read or see a picture they … Continue reading

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Whole Grains Inspiration

As you can see, in my office lays a pile that holds many months of industry magazines. At one time or another, I breezed through them all but I definitely haven’t read them cover-to cover. The reason is that just like many of … Continue reading

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Layers of Flavor, Building a Late Summer BLT

 “Sometimes the best thing a cook can do, is to leave an ingredient alone.” As I get older in my culinary journey, this phrase starts to  become more important to me everyday. There is a tendency in our world to … Continue reading

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“Pork Week”- It’s How Our Chefs Celebrate Shark Week

It’s been quite the week here, as the Black Hat Chefs were going full throttle with our new “Discovery Sessions.” While most of the world was celebrating “Shark Week,”  in our kitchens we were celebrating “Pork Week.” That’s right,  from the very start of the … Continue reading

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The Two Types Of People Who Work In The Kitchen

Just the other day, a good friend and former colleague of mine made a Facebook post about a saying that I used to say often while working with him in the kitchens in New York. I’ve said it for years … Continue reading

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Summertime Tears of Joy

   Tears of Joy-they don’t happen too often in one’s life, which is in fact the very reason that makes them all the more special. You will see them often at award ceremonies, sports championships, or even when your child does something remarkable … Continue reading

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