#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Luca Rosati @Luca.rosati

We at ChefsEye had great pleasure speaking to the winner of our March competition Luca Rosati who is currently a private chef in Tuscany, Italy.

We all love Luca’s passion for food. His self-confidence and flamboyance is inspiring many chefs all over the world, Lucas philosophy reminds us of the great man himself Massimo Bottura.

Not only is Luca a great chef he is also a professional sommelier with a great eye for a bottle of wine.

We asked Luca some questions.

ChefsEye: Why do you enjoy being a chef?

Luca: I’d like to know my cuisine and my skill to my customers. My cuisine sometimes is simple and sometimes complex. I love to mix flavours.

ChefsEye: Give one piece of good advice?

Luca: Be curious, curiosity leads to great things.

ChefsEye: Where do you work?

Luca: I’m working like a private chef, doing cooking classes in San Gimignano, Tuscany in Italy.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef alive in your eyes?

Luca: The best chef alive is Daniel Humm and Massimo Bottura.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Luca: My Grandmas inspire me.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Luca: Its not simple, A little restaurant on the sea close to my house. Its not famous but i find the food to always be very good.

ChefsEye: Whats the worst attribute a chef can have in a kitchen?

Luca: Maybe being stupid or you can not do anything.

ChefsEye: How long do you see yourself being a chef for?

Luca: I don’t know, till my fantasy and curiosity stops.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Luca: Just myself and telling my cuisine through my dishes.

Make sure to follow Luca on Instagram at @luca.rosati.

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Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.

Personally I have been a chef for almost 12 years, when I was starting out i was quickly told what it takes to be a chef,  long hours, hard work and little pay. I accepted that and knew my time will eventually come as did you.

It saddens me to see all these chefs today who are complaining about our industry, to many hours, little pay etc if you want better pay then go study something, if you want to have better hours then go work in a place that can give you 9-5 or study something! But if you want to produce good fresh food then you have to work hard for it.

Yes we are not in a high paid job and have to pay our bills but our training does not cost as much as it does to be a lawyer or an engineer. We are in a sector where we are busiest at the evening times and we relay on recommendations and nothing is certain, 1 bad review or bad practise can damage or close the restaurant down. We helped the industry the way it is today, 10-15 years ago not everyone could be a chef but today anyone can be a chef, good or bad.

The biggest thing what annoys me is that we have chefs who think they can consult and run kitchens but can’t run their own bloody kitchen at home, we have chefs who want to be famous before they can cook, we have chefs who don’t want to peel potatoes because it’s not cooking. How about you respect the process of preparation of a dish it teaches more than just peeling a potato, it teaches you time management, respect of the ingredients and also not to bloody over cook the potatoes. Some of these chefs are poisoning our future chefs and our trade. These chefs are the ones complaining about our trade, fallen out of love with the trade or simply stuck in a rut looking for a way out.

If you love what you do it’s not a job!

The next generation of chefs are all forgetting these fundamental skills to be a chef, a high volume of young chefs want to be head chef before they can manage themselves never mind a brigade. Yes everyone wants a dish on the menu its human nature and yes everyone wants to be paid what they deserve. If you turn up to work everyday changed and ready to start at your scheduled time, hard-working, honest and passionate then you are in the right direction because talent you can teach but you can not teach passion.

Don’t run before you can walk.

Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.

#ChefsEyeChefsTable winner Jason Brown @chefjasonbrown

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We at ChefsEye had the great pleasure to catch up with the winner of our competition for September Jason Brown who currently is the Executive pastry chef at Nel Restaurant in Surry Hills in Sydney.

Everyone at ChefsEye agree that Jason Brown is definitely a chef to watch, with his flair, panache and attention to detail he has a great future ahead of him.

Nel Restaurant currently do 1 sitting Tuesday-Thursday with a maximum 44 guest and Friday and Saturday with 2 sittings with a maximum 91 guest. Jason did say it all depends on the table layout which means it could be slightly less or slightly more seats available on the day. For no disappointment make sure to book in advance as seats do sell very quickly.

We did ask Jason some questions.

ChefsEye: What do you inspire to be?

Jason: I inspire to hopefully have my own restaurant, dessert restaurant and be recognized for what I do and serve. Not through tv or anything like that but through industry and clientele respect.

ChefsEye: What’s the worst attribute to have in a kitchen?

Jason: Worst attribute in the kitchen is to be a robot. Too many chefs I have come across are great at doing the job but cant think outside the box.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Jason: Inspiration comes from many people and places, in the industry I love what Francisco Migoya is doing at Modernist Cuisine but I also find inspiration through everything in life that surrounds you on a daily basis.

ChefsEye: Why do you, enjoy being a chef?

Jason: I enjoy being a chef because of the satisfaction and passion that comes with the industry. You are constantly learning every day not just from people you work with but your surroundings. Its a very rewarding industry.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef (alive) in your eyes?

Jason: Best chef alive would be a hard one as those that have changed the world such as Ferran & Albert Adria and also Heston Blumenthal, Grant Achatz, Rene Redzepi, but again each one has there strong points and have changed the direction for the better in certain ways. Pastry is still Francisco Migoya for the knowledge that he is impairing through Modernist Cuisine.

ChefsEye: Whats your favourite dinning experience?

Jason: Favourite dinning experience…..I’ve dined at many and to be honest each one of the top 3 has been good for each style. The Fat Duck in Melbourne was incredible, service, technical ability and story telling. Noma in Sydney was amazing for the produce and service. Sepia in Sydney was where my favourite dishes come from still.

ChefsEye: Give one piece off good advice?

Jason: Good advice would be to always question, never be satisfied with anything as there is always better and this gives you the drive to improve and learn.

Make sure to follow Jason Brown on Instagram @chefjasonbrown and Nel Restaurant @nelrestaurant.

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ChefsEye eating out at Genki in Oslo.

(on the right) Chicken taco, smoked eel, onion and kale.  Tempura halibut, cauliflower and wakame (on the left)
Cucumber, beets and chilli and miso haddock soup with oxtongue.
Apple sorbet yuzu and chocolate cherry mousse.

We have heard a lot of great things about the new restaurant Genki in Oslo city centre. For only being a couple of months old we were very surprised to see how popular the restaurant is, Genki is a Japanese inspired restaurant with a very modern interior .

Genki offers a weekly 3 course menu, a Maki menu and also a tasting menu of 14 courses for an incredible price 825,- Nok (£82.50 approx) for being in Norway this is considered cheap.

We started of with a glass of yuzu sake and a plum sake which were enjoyable and awoke our taste buds. Then we chose to have the 14-course tasting menu and a bottle of Riesling.

To start with had an appetizer of Rice crisps with pepper and a lemon mayo, which were pleasant and easy to eat followed by maybe the star dish of the night textures of mushroom, great techniques and taste it was creamy, pickled fried and dried perfect combinations. The tuna tartar and wild halibut came next both dishes were very nice possibly the best halibut ceviche we have tried unfortunately we could not taste the miso in the dish but we didn’t mind, the tuna tartar was carefully constructed with fresh shisho and roe. The next course was the chicken taco with smoked eel onion and kale, its a spicy dish full of flavour but i thought it was the least favourite dish of the night, smoked eel is something i personally dislike but im always willing to try it. The tempura halibut with cauliflower and wakame was very nice, light crispy and the seaweed was really good.

The next dish that stood out was the dessert, the apple sorbet was outstanding, as was the chocolate mousse, the yuzu cream cut through the dish perfectly however the cherry flavour was lost.

We both would recommend Genki to anyone who is looking for culinary experience with a innovative twist, good price, good food and a wonderful evening.

 

Food 5/5

Service 5/5

Atmosphere 4/5

Price 5/5

Derrick Reed & Jaqueline Mearman the chefs behind 4TenFoods private dining experience in Baltimore

 

Apple pecan sorbet, micro bacon sponge cake, orange bubbles, candied pecans, shaved coffee beans, chilli dust and chocolate ganache.

 

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Derrick Reed and Jaqueline Mearman.

ChefsEye had the pleasure to speak to Derrick Reed from the new private dining company called 4TenFoods in Baltimore, U.S.A. He works along side his girlfriend Jaqueline Mearman who shares his passion and knowledge for food and culinary experiences.

ChefsEye came up with a few questions to ask Derrick on behalf of 4TenFoods.

 

ChefsEye: Why do you enjoy being a chef?

Derrick: Love for the never ending artistic and creative side as well as the impact food has on our day to day lives.

ChefsEye: what do you inspire to be?

Derrick: Inspire to be someone who in 10-20 years people can say they really helped push Baltimore forward in all aspects.

ChefsEye: Who is the best chef alive in your eyes?

Derrick: Masaharu Morimoto.

ChefsEye: Who inspires you?

Derrick: Bryan and Micheal Voltaggio.

ChefsEye: How did you start your private dining company?

Derrick: Company started from doing little private dinners of 4 at my studio for my neighbors and friends. Meanwhile Jaqueline (old pastry sous at the time) was also doing little dinner parties. Then we talked all night and realized we both wanted the same things in life, from then on we became partners in life and business.

ChefsEye: What challenges do you have?

Derrick: The biggest challenge i see us having would have to be just gaining more a solid following while my partner.

ChefsEye: Give one piece off good advice?

Derrick: Never stop learning, go home and read some books and constantly seek to create the next.

 

We wish Derrick, Jaqueline and 4TenFoods all the best in a great adventure. Make sure to follow @4TenFoods on Instagram for more amazing creations. Also make sure to subscribe to the blog and follows us @Chefs_Eye for much more.

 

Ginger beer Sorbet by Paul Downes, @chef_mutley. (paco-jet)

Ingredients:

  • Caster sugar  x  250g
  • Ginger beer  x  400ml
  • Lime juice & zest  x  1
  • Glucose  x  1 tblsp
  • Grated ginger  x  1 inch
  • Granny Smith apples  x  100g (peeled and chopped)

Method:

  • Simmer all ingredients gently till the apples are soft.
  • Strain and keep the liquid.
  • Blitz into a puree and add the liquid.
  • Sieve and pour into the pacojet tins and freeze overnight.
  • Churn 1 hour before service.

Chocolate Nemisis.

Ingredients:

  • Butter x 150g
  • Dark chocolate x 200g
  • Honey x 50g
  • Golden Syrup x 50g
  • Whole Eggs x 3

Method:

  • Melt chocolate, honey and syrup in a bain marie till melted and take off.
  • Blitz in the butter till smooth and cool before adding the eggs also blitz in using a hand blender.
  • Cook 135’c  11mins 3 fan.
  • You can freeze once cooled down and best served at room temperature.