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ChefTalk Monthly Cooking Challenges

2015 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges                           2014 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges                                                     2013 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges   Starting back in April 2013 the ChefTalk.com community began picking monthly food items to cook. Everyone who participates in the challenge elects someone who has entered to pick the next months challenge. There are no prizes and really no winners just everyone entering great creations they have made centered around the particular... read more

Cutting Board Review Contest

What is your favorite cutting board? ChefTalk.com wants to know.       Would you like to win this cutting board from John Boos?         Then enter the ChefTalk.com Cutting Board Review Contest. Here is all you need to do:   Starting tomorrow (4/26/15) post a review of your favorite cutting board here: http://www.cheftalk.com/products/category/cutting-boards Reviews must be well written, informative and helpful to a reader.  Please read official rules below to see if you are Eligible to participate. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible... read more

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part IV Oolong, Black and Pu-erh Teas

  • by PeteModerator

  Oolong teas represent the bridge between green teas, with do not go through any oxidation process and black teas which are 100% oxidized with oxidation levels ranging from 12-80%.  Thus Oolongs represent one of the most varied and diverse styles of tea with flavors profiles ranging from bright and herbaceous, to flowery, to deep, rich and earthy, with many variations and flavors in between.   While some Oolong style teas are produced in many tea producing countries, the vast majority, and best are produced in China and Taiwan.  Leaves for Oolong teas are harvested... read more

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part III White and Green Tea

  • by PeteModerator

  White Tea is one of the most subtle of all teas.  Traditionally grown only in the Fujian province of China it is now also grown in parts of Nepal, India, Thailand and Taiwan due to its increased popularity in the Western world.  Most tea aficionados agree that the best white teas still only come from the Fujian province and consider white teas grown elsewhere to be of inferior quality best suited for mass marketed tea bags and bottled tea.   The season for harvesting white tea is very short, from early spring to late spring while the tea bushes are still budding. ... read more

Cutting Bell Peppers: The Elegant Solution

  Bell peppers, also known as sweet peppers,  are a great and dynamic vegetable giving us multiple ways to use them.  From simply stuffing them, to dicing them as a garnish, to cutting them into slices it all depends on what the intended use for the peppers is.     The most common way for people to prepare their peppers is to simply slice them down the middle and scoop out the seep pod, stem and some of the white veins.   While this method is not terrible, it does make making precision cuts a bit more difficult. There is another method that is much more... read more

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part I An Introduction to Tea

  • by PeteModerator

  If you had told me 1 ½ years ago that I would be writing a Beginner’s Guide to tea, I would have laughed.  To me, tea wasn’t a “thing.”  Sure I drank it when I went to Chinese or Japanese restaurants, or I’d brew up a fruity, herbal tea when I wasn’t feeling well during the long, cold winter months, and of course, during summer there is always a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge, but that was about the extent of tea in my life.  Then one day I wandered into a tea shop in the mall.  There, on the back wall, were tin after tin of loose leaf teas with names such as... read more

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part II The Basics

  • by PeteModerator

  In Part I of this series I introduced you to the world of tea.  In this part we will explore the basics of tea; purchasing, storing and brewing.  Of these topics, brewing is the most complex, and this is where many opinions can be found, many of which claim that they are the best, or only way to brew proper cups of tea.  I try to not get too caught up in the minutiae as, to me, brewing and drinking tea should relaxing endeavor, but there are certain guidelines regarding steeping times and temperatures that do need to be followed in order to brew a good cup of... read more

Peter Martin

  • by PeteModerator

I got my start in the restaurant business at the ripe old age of 8 years old. My parents owned a restaurant over which we lived. Oftentimes, if a dishwasher quit, I was drafted into service, at the last minute and during summer vacation I wasn't allowed to go out and play until after I bussed tables for lunch service, all for high wage of $.25 per hour!; Later in life, I tried to avoid the call of the kitchen, bouncing around from college to college and from major to major. Finally, after giving in to the call, I enrolled in New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier,... read more

The Unsung Heroes of the Kitchen

They go by many names.  They have many jobs. These jobs are often the lowliest, crappiest, most overlooked and easily forgotten ones in the kitchen.  I would bet that most people outside of the profession have never even given these hard workers even the fleeting thought.  I would be willing to even bet most cooks and others that work in the kitchen don't think about them.  Who am I talking about? Sometimes they are called utility staff or stockers.  More often than not they are simply known as the dishwashers. This group of  people is absolutely indispensable for any... read more

Mentoring New Cooks

Mentoring the Food Truck Generation   Building a successful kitchen includes shining the light for the minions that have shed the stuffy chef coat for the short-sleeved dishwasher shirt and black tee. Opening the restaurant door for the newer denizen of eager cooks that have kicked off Doc Martens for Mozo and Chuck Taylors is the mission. These are excited, quality-driven, foodistas that aren’t necessarily looking to work 80 hours this week and are probably not about to give up seeing the Foo Fighters in exchange for keeping their $8 per hour job.   This is a... read more

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