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skate

skate

This is me stepping in out of uniform. Never turn down a photo op.


npr radio show

npr radio show

Chef K (on the right) was invited to talk about spices and food on a Miami NPR radio show. Fred Tasker, wine guy, is seated left of him. Excuse the graininess, but the picture was taken through a sound proof window.


salmon powder

salmon powder

The famous washoku powder. This is my hand dusting the plates with salmon before placing the warm chips on it.


dill vinegar chips

dill vinegar chips

Me setting up VIP plates for a table.


french onion taffy

french onion taffy

Me pulling the 'taffy' from a silpat before it cools completely.


shrimp on ricotta anchovy marble

shrimp on ricotta anchovy marble

Chef K putting extra touches on a plate for a VIP table in the restaurant.


food photography

food photography

Capturing food as great digital images does not have to be overly expensive. Chef K is using his Olympus with a cheap white poster board for a background. The board creates a soothing wash far different from the chaos surrounding the kitchen.


causa 3way

causa 3way

Chef K is always kicking out the Peruvian cuisine. This one consisted of 3 different causa doughs with 3 different seafoods.


chef fabian

chef fabian

I don't remember all of the many components that were on this plate, but it was for a wedding tasting.


seabass mcnuggets

seabass mcnuggets

Marianne is ducking behind plates of seabass mcnuggets that we made with TGM. Gazpacho ketchup is the sauce. These special appetizers were made for a group of younger guests.


ming cooking at home

ming cooking at home

This is sukiyaki in the works. Ming always cooks great meals at home, and they are always healthy. I'm always impressed.


pastry station

pastry station

Chef Fabian checks pastry mise en place before dinner opens.


vietnamese bagel roll

vietnamese bagel roll

Master of operations, Chris, stands in the back. This is my play on the Japanese Bagel roll found in all south florida sushi restaurants. This was a special appetizer for a group leader luncheon.


raw tuna with watermelon pop rocks

raw tuna with watermelon pop rocks

Behind the scenes at a special dinner for a somelier association.


new year dessert demonstration

new year dessert demonstration

Chef Fabian was elected to do a demonstration on New Year's sweets around the world for the 'South Florida Today' television show. Chef K is there for immoral support


television break

television break

Chef K and myself cutting up on the set of 'South Florida Today.'


the 'digitally enhanced' chef mike

the 'digitally enhanced' chef mike

This really is one of my favortie photos. Nobody wears gold-rimmed glasses like chef Mike.


chef mike checking the quality

chef mike checking the quality

Mike is a master of big batch cooking.


alton brown

alton brown

We all took a break to watch Alton Brown's demonstration at the Miami Food & Wine festival. Making avocado ice cream onstage with liquid nitrogen... always a very cool thing.


chef mike

chef mike

Keeping up the production.


tapas station

tapas station

Chef Mike supervises like a true professional.


looking on in amazement

looking on in amazement

Chef K, Fabian, and Paola at the Jacob Torreblanca pastry demonstration sponsored by Qzina in South Florida.


playa skilz

playa skilz

Jacob Torreblanca at the pastry demonstration. Skills for sure, and a little bit of a player as well.


peruvian pride

peruvian pride

Chef K gives a little attention to the Peruvian pastry chef, Jenny.


cutting ice

cutting ice

Chef K cuts a block of ice for the Reverend Low-Down's 47th birthday party.


fabian's sugar baby

fabian's sugar baby

Sugar work is tedious and delicate.


sugar kiss

sugar kiss

Maybe getting a little too close to Chef Fabian as he cools down the caramel cocoon filled with vinaigrette.


filling sugar with vinegar and oil

filling sugar with vinegar and oil

Fabian exploring new techniques.


the funkadelic chef mike in da haus

the funkadelic chef mike in da haus

Chef Mike is in the brew haus. 'I pity the fool who touch my beer!'


brew master

brew master

Brewing master Gary Marshall pours some amber malt for us. Few people I have met are as dedicated to beer as this man. His brew house and supply is a place where men can be men and beer is good. Brew on, brother.


julio

julio

Our restaurant manager demonstrates how to enjoy the tokyo cosmopolitan.


chadzilla clipboard

chadzilla clipboard

Brainstorming ideas to become food or garbage.


3 chefs in wingtips

3 chefs in wingtips

Professionalism has many levels.


cellar master dinner

cellar master dinner

Chef K adjusts the micro shiso on top of our barbequed black cod.


front of house plate-up

front of house plate-up

Chef K and Rah-ool finishing up the salad course while I goof off with the camera.


processing ankimo

processing ankimo

Monkfish liver preparation proved to be more challenging than I imagined, but the end result is more than worth it.


taste of the nfl

taste of the nfl

One of S. O. S.'s biggest events with chefs from around the United States and players from their NFL cities. We took turns dishing up and explaining, and explaining, and explaining the food.


outside the nfl

outside the nfl

We all stopped for a photo while smoking mini macanudo's after the Taste of the NFL. From left to right: Big Bosco Mike, Fabian, Chadzilla, and Chef K.


Tate tartar

Tate tartar

Our newest sous chef, Tate, chops up beef tenderloin for steak tartar. Tate is also from Louisiana and has a military mind for organization.


heirloom tomato with tuna

heirloom tomato with tuna

Chef K keeps rearranging a dish of heirloom tomatoes and tuna... the end result was worth it.


Big Basco

Big Basco

Words are unnecessary here.


Fabian's gadgets

Fabian's gadgets

Go go gadget. This is what happens on our chef breaks.


peeking into the process

peeking into the process

Chef K and the caviar machine.


Tate and the head cheese

Tate and the head cheese

This was the last step for Tate and I's adventure into hog head cheese making. We used the actual head as is the cajun way, and not just meat and gelatin which is the New Orleans creole method. Parts is parts.


pounding chicken

pounding chicken

Chef K uses the old 'pot hammer' method.


wizard of os

wizard of os

This is Osnel... one of the sous chef team.


Fabian

Fabian

Fabian stands behind his food... literally.


plate-up mode

plate-up mode

We all know the drill.


discussing plate presentation

discussing plate presentation

Every dish or combination eventually manifests itself in many variations.


Chef K and little K

Chef K and little K

Chef K and his daughter stopped over for Ming's hot pot. In this popular Taiwan style, we use a hot pot and a grill simultaneously so that something's always cooking somehow. We had beef, crab, fish, and a variety of vegetables and sai fun noodles.


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