Nicholas Elmi won season 11 of Top Chef. The intense Elmi came on strong in the finals in Hawaii to win the show. Elmi tells CBS This Morning that he was portrayed on Top Chef as the underdog going into the finals and he says this was accurate. He says Nina is a great chef. Elmi says he was pessimistic about his chances of winning.
Elmi has a restaurant in Philadelphia named Laurel. The restaurant is a French/American BYO restaurant. Elmi says he is comfortable with having his 22-seat restaurant and making it one of the top restaurants in Philadelphia for now. Take a look:
Melissa Clark Makes Chicken Stew With Sweet Plantains
Melissa Clark makes Chicken Stew with Sweet Plantains in this New York Times video. She seasons her chicken before cooking it using oregno, cumin, black pepper, chile powder and salt. She then adds some orange and lime zest. Melissa says you can use plantains at any stage of ripeness. The plantains she selected are not completely dark, they still have some light spots on them. She browns the plantains in the chicken fat. After removing the plantains from the pot she adds onions, red pepper, chopped garlic, oregano, salt, water, orange juice and canned tomatoes. After simmering the chicken and plantains get added into the pot. It looks like a yummy stew. You can find the recipe here. Take a look:
Melissa Clark Makes Grilled Ratatouille With Goat Cheese
Melissa Clark makes Grilled Ratatouille With Goat Cheese in this video from The New York Times. Melissa buys fresh veggies including eggplant, peppers and zucchini. She grills the vegetables outdoor on the grill and then slices them. She avoids using an oil while the veggies are on the grill. She caramelizes the lemons on the grill before squirting the juice on the vegetables for a tart and sweet flavor. Other ingredients include raw minced garlic, thyme leaves and basil. She then adds in plenty of olive oil until it is shiny. You can find the story behind the video here on nytimes.com. Take a look:
Guy Turland Makes Baked Whiting in Prosciutto Jackets
Australian chef Guy Turland makes Baked Whiting in Prosciutto Jackets in this video from The Guardian. Turland creates a bed for the whiting using plump tomatoes, smashed garlic, citrus, herbs and white wine. Turland says to use "nice long slices of prosciutto" to wrap your whiting. Herbs are wrapped up with the prosciutto as well to create a "herb jacket" for the fish. Turland bakes the dish for about 20 minutes at around 220 degrees. You can see the ingredients if you pass the video at the 40 second mark.
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Giada De Laurentiis talksa bout the Umami Burger from the Umami Burger restaurant in Los Angeles. The Japanese name "Umami" means savory. Giada looks at the items that go in to the burger, which includes Umami ketchup, ground steak, caramelized onions, parmesan frico,
shitake mushrooms and oven dried tomatoes. Take a look:
Somali Restaurateur Defies Terrorists By Keeping Restaurants Open Despite Suicide Bombings
Ahmed Jama owns a series of restaurants, called The Village, in Mogadishu, Somali. He has built a successful restaurant business with returning customers. However, Jama has to take many precautions to keep his restaurants and patrons safe. This includes armed gunman and sandbags piled up around the gate in case his restaurants are bombed. His restaurants have been bombed by suicide bombers. In one attack twenty-five of his customers were killed. Jama keeps running the restaurants and his customers keep coming, refusing to submit to fear. Take a look:
Whole Food's Cattle Cam Lets You Watch What Your Meat Eats
Whole Food's April Fool's joke is the launch of a Cattle Cam so you can watch what your meat eats. Whole Foods' says, "Curious about what your meat eats? We've equipped each herd with cattle cams for full transparency from pasture to plate. No more wondering if that grass-fed beef you're buying was actually raised on petunias and pork rinds. Keep tabs on their munching habits with our cattle cam."
In the video, there is someone pretending to be a cow and not an actual cow. We can hear them but we cannot see them. Take a look:
Wolfgang Puck brought his gourmet delicacies on to the red carpet at the Oscars on Sunday. Wolfgang and his team have created the menu for the Governors Ball for 18 consecutive years. The Governors Ball is the celebration following the Oscars.
Some of the items in this year's Governors Ball menu included:
Smoked salmon Oscars
Chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles
Pastry Chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted chocolate Oscars
Lobster tacos with tomato and pickled Shallots
Beet salad with pistachio butter, burrata and citrus balsamic
Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron have announced the 17th Annual National Cornbread Cook-Off. Fans can enter the contest by submitting an original main dish recipe prepared with at least one package of Martha White Cornbread Mix and cooked in Lodge Cast Iron cookware. Ten finalists will be invited to compete during the National Cornbread Festival. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
Kitty Greenwald demonstrated how to make Deep Fried Pancakes for the Wall Street Journal's Slow Foot Fast segment. She's using a recipe by Chef Martin Picard, who runs a Montreal restaurant called Cabane a Sucre Au Pied de Cochon or Sugar Shack. Kitty says it takes about 30 minutes to make the dish. She says not to worry about the calories. You can find the recipe here. Take a look:
Michael Lomonaco Makes Skirt Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce
Michael Lomonaco, executive chef and managing partner of Porter House New York, makes a delicious looking Skirt Steak Sandwich with Chimichurri Sauce in this video for The Daily. Chef Lomonaco says it is the vinegar that makes chimichurri special. He says it will last for a week if kept refrigerator. You can find the recipe here. Take a look:
Chef Michael White of Nicoletta Pizzeria shared his recipe for Bianca Pizza with The Daily. Chef White uses several cheeses on the pizza, including mozzarella, Gorgonzola, taleggio and pecorino. At the end Chef White adds some basil. Basil is awesome. You can find the pizza recipe here. Take a look:
Eggland's Best (EB) has launched its "Your Best Recipe" contest. The contest, open to entries through August 12, 2012 seeks original egg recipes featuring at least two EB eggs from at-home chef. A $1,000 prize will be awarded in each of the following four categories: Breakfast, Appetizer, Main Course, and Dessert and one at-home chef whose dish best showcases the use of Eggland's Best eggs will be awarded a $10,000 grand prize. Details about the contest can be found here.
Judging the contest are are chef and cookbook author Candice Kumai, who also serves as a judge on Food Network's Iron Chef America, as well as Elizabeth Ward, a nationally recognized registered dietitian.
Chef Kumai says, "The test of a true chef is in knowing how to cook eggs properly, and selecting the best ingredients to cook wit. I personally use Eggland's Best eggs because not only are they more nutritious than ordinary eggs, but the yolks are also plumper, creamier and brighter in color. Their freshness and quality ensure my egg dishes turn out consistently every time."
Andrew Zimmern has announced the winners of The Munchies, a new People's Choice Food Awards launched by General Mills and Tablespoon.com. You can see the list of winners below. Here is Zimmern's announcement. Take a look:
Andrew Zimmern and General Mills Launch The Munchies People's Choice Food Awards
General Mills' Tablespoon.com has launched The Munchies, which are billed as the People's Choice Food Awards. The categories include topics like favorite food reality shows, favorite food blogs, best chef, best pizza, best food truck, best taco, coolest coffee shop. Online voting runs through April 30th.
Heather Reid, food content marketing at General Mills, says, "The Munchies will give food lovers a voice in celebrating the restaurants, chefs, media and food that deliver the most inspiring and satisfying culinary experiences. Plus, we'll be making a donation to Feeding America on behalf of all of the voters and panelists, so everyone who participates is also supporting a great cause. Every day, passionate food lovers visit Tablespoon.com to discover and share the freshest, most amazing ideas from the world of food and drink, so it's the perfect place to host The Munchies. We are excited to highlight the culinary tastemakers who are shaping America's food culture."
Here is Andrew Zimmern explaining The Munchies. Take a look: