Chef Stories on Get to know great chefs

At Imbue Palate one of my favorite things to do is explore the culinary world with the chefs that are making magic happen in the kitchen and on the screen. Chefs we have come to admire and chefs we need to know. For every Emeril Lagasse and Bobby Flay, they are an army of culinary geniuses out there waiting for exposure. It is my goal to provide exposure to this talent and share a little bit more about what they are doing.

So far we have brought you the stories of 4 amazing and talented chefs that are constantly pushing themselves to take their talents to new levels. It is so amazing what they have already accomplished. What I find even more astonishing is that they are ready to attain new heights in the culinary world. Right now the culinary world is having to transform to stay alive and chefs like these are at the heart of what’s to come.

Meet the chefs we have spotlighted so far

Chef Travis Kamiyama

Chef Travis Kamiyama – Sushi Master

Chef Bert Agor Jr.

Chef Bert Agor Jr.- Kings Hawaiian

Chef Motavia Alston

Chef Motavia Alston – appeared on Cooks vs. Cons

Chef Brother Luck

Chef Brother Luck- Appeared on Top Chef, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay

A New Trend Netflix and Cook

A new trend has emerged Netflix and cook. I know from my experience watching cooking shows they tend to feed creative juices. It gives me fresh new ideas. Chefs like me crave feeding the idea section of our brains. Being exposed to new ideas for dishes and techniques that expand our culinary repertoire is something every chef and serious cook craves. When we see new things that excite us it can launch our next big dish.

During the pandemic, I have been scouring Netflix and Hulu and watched so many cooking and cooking competition shows. Currently, I am rewatching Bravo’s s Top Chef from season 1. I have watched it before but sometimes when you watch it again you catch something that intrigues you. The tacos I made last night were inspired by the Netflix show Chefs Table BBQ.

Rosalia Chay Chuc was the featured chef. She makes tacos using traditional Mayan methods. My taco is nothing like hers. That doesn’t mean I did take anything from the show. What I took from the episode was a reminder to honor the ingredients. It also reinforced a culinary subject we often can lose sight of that over-complication can kill a good dish.

The tacos I put together utilized flap meat marinated in salt, pepper, garlic, onion, apple cider, and lime juice. Marinated for several hours. I then grilled it and it was excellent. Don’t forget to season the meat just before serving.

The delicious grilled carne asada was accentuated by some awesome homemade corn tortillas, some avocado crema, cotija cheese, and roasted tomato pico de gallo. It made for one epic taco.

Today it was tacos who knows what tomorrow will inspire me to make.