San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Practice Session

14 Feb

Good Morning everyone! Hope you’re all having a fabulous Valentines Day so far!!

Do you all have Valentines day plans?

Mr. Delish and I have plans for tomorrow night. It will be nice to go on a non-work night so we can enjoy a few glasses of wine (read: we forgot to make reservations ahead of time.)

In all seriousness though, it will be nice to not have to worry about going out on a weeknight. Especially because we all know my bedtime is 9:30.

Actually I found this website the other day that tells you what time you should go to sleep dependent on what time you have to/want to get up. We all know you’re supposed to get 8 hrs but this website actually tells you what time exactly to go to sleep, to make the most of your sleeping patterns. If you wake up in the middle of a REM pattern, you will likely be drowsy and groggy no matter how much sleep you got. However, if you get a full pattern in and then wake up, you will feel more refreshed, even if you don’t get your full 8 hours. If you wanna try for yourself, click here.

Psychology brought to you by Miss Delish.

Anyways, on to some food stuff.

I told you a few days ago about the Almost Famous Chef Competition being put on my San Pellegrino, and on Tuesday I had the opportunity to watch the two Vancouver contestants practice their dishes. I took a few photos and I wanted to share them with you today!



Matt Cusano of the International Culinary Arts School at the Arts Institute of Vancouver, prepping his ingredients


Matt slicing some spicy Chorizo


Matt Cusano’s finished plate, Miso Glazed Poached Halibut with Chorizo and Parsnip Puree, Garnished with Celery Leaves


We were lucky enough to get to sample a taste! It was very delicious.


Kevan Hafichuk of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, peeling his BC spot prawns for his dish


Kevan rolling out the fresh handmade pasta for his oxtail tortellini


Kevan with his completed sample tray


Kevan Hafichuk’s finished plate, Oxtail Tortellini with Sustainable BC Spot Prawns Cooked in Kaffir Lime Butter Sauce with Roasted Cauliflower and Cauliflower Puree, Garnished with Baby Watercress. Can I just say YUM.


Lastly, Kevan and Matt scoping out the competition. They will be two of the seven contestants competing in the regional competition, which will be held in Toronto at the end of this month.

I want to say good luck to these aspiring chefs and I really think that both of you will do very well in the competition!

Thank you all for reading today and I will be back tomorrow with a yummy casserole recipe. Yes, casserole!

We’re going back in time tomorrow.

Miss Delish asks:

Which of these awesome dishes, do you think will be the winner?

Do you still make casserole? If so what kind?


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