sooooo… this is long overdue. but i’ve been busy – really busy!
remember the food boot camp i mentioned that didn’t allow me to blog for a while? well, it (excitingly) was filmed and airs starting next week on FOX! it’s called MasterChef USA and is about to start its 2nd season. it’s fairly massive in australia & the u.k. and aims to find the best “amateur” chef in america. through a series of cooking challenges the top competitor will be given the title of MasterChef.
i cannot reveal any details about the show, except that i was chosen as one of america’s top 100 amateur home cooks and was flown out to los angeles to cook for the 3 judges. maybe you’ve heard of them: gordon ramsay, graham elliot, and joe bastianich?! if you haven’t, then google away. they are extraordinary men, doing remarkable work, and are a huge source of culinary inspiration.
i stumbled upon the audition rather organically, perusing some local dallas food blogs that i try to read at least once a week. there are a ton of good ones, but my favorites are eatsblog (dallas morning news) and sidedish (d magazine). i recall it was a thursday & that the local le cordon bleu was holding auditions in a couple of days for the next season of MasterChef.
now, i’m not really sure what the blog post said exactly. it’s a total blur now. but i do recall that for the audition the home cook needed to bring a dish, would have about 3 minutes to plate, and would be judged by a professional chef. and since i started this blog full of creative wanderlust and hopeful about finding my place in the culinary world, i thought, “hmmm, this could be cool…”
ya know, as a mostly self-taught cook, my biggest feedback comes from the loved ones i cook for. and although e usually has a few constructive critiques, for the most part my food is generally praised. but here was a chance to have a “real” chef taste my dish and give me some feedback. i figured, why not… what do i have to lose?!
well, that seems like a good place to stop… for now!.
over the next few weeks i’ll be sharing all: what happened at my audition, what happens in l.a., and what my next step is.
right now, i’ve been busy getting ready for the ride.
i’ve got a MasterChef facebook page you can like here.
a twitter account you can follow here: @jennie_kelley
an interview i did for our local dallas weekly, the dallas observer here.
and finally, a new blog design & personal website that are being created by anton & vinnie & will (hopefully) launch when the show airs, starting next week (june 6) on FOX.
much, much more to come – including tons of recipes & photographs. stay tuned!