Remember how I mentioned my wildly talented friends? Well it isn’t just me who recognizes them as such- so does Gordon Ramsay. All right, maybe he only says that about one of them, but still, I have quality friends. As for that singular sensation, it is none other than Mr. Lee Knaz who is currently making a name (and several fantastical dishes) on Master Chef.
Yep. Lee (and Lukus) and I are friends. We all met working a few years back at a L.A. club. Now he is a rising star in the cooking world and I am writing this blog. I know what you are all thinking: sorry, he’s taken. Fortunately his girlfriend is lovely.
Well last night we all got together for a Master Chef/ Rosh Hashanah (we were faux Jews for the night) party. Let me just say, Lee’s cooking was an absolute treat. The menu was inspired; the people were a joy and the icing on the cake? Lee made it through to Master Chef finals! YAY!!!!!
I was even able to get Lee’s opinion on the secrets to being a great cook. So without further ado:
1) Good knives- do NOT be cheap in this area, as tempting as it may be!
2) Good pans- See number 1
3)The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs– wow, that is a mouth full, but apparently a necessary read.
4) Practice, Practice, Practice- find any and every excuse to cook for people.
As for me- another dear friend just let us know that he will be having surgery and will consequently be laid up for a few months. I volunteered to help with cooking, so its fair to say tip 4 will be my mantra.
UPDATE: Just got a copy of last night’s menu (so everyone will be extra hungry/ jealous):
- potato-leek soup
- homemade chopped liver
- pomegranate fennel citrus salad
- roasted beets salad
- scalloped potatoes
- whole roasted branzinos
- roasted lamb shoulder
My tummy is growling just typing this!!!!