so… i recently did an interview and was asked what the best part of my masterchef experience was and i, (sitting in the comfort of my window nook in my downtown dallas loft with my dog and a whole new culinary journey ahead), said “now”. the reporter, paused… and i replied, “if you don’t know me, that will seem odd, but if you do, it will make complete sense. i truly loved being a part of the show, making food friends for life (including max!) and growing under pressure”. she actually said it seemed quite sane, at which we both chuckled, but the headline says something like i was excited about being eliminated… which i, of course, wasn’t. but i also knew that it was a show and that everyone (except the winner) will have their day.
what i haven’t really been able to focus on, til now, is this, my baby, my blog! i came back a little tweaked and also felt overwhelmed that after not working for 2 months i needed to find a job immediately. thankfully i had made a great contact in the food styling world and she gave me a chance to assist her. assisting a food stylist is similar to being in a kitchen, but everyday is a new kitchen with new recipes, so on some level i felt like i was back in the masterchef kitchen. i also needed to establish a social identity, something i had never done (i now have 3 facebook pages, a very active twitter account and countless email addys). then it was showtime… i had no idea how much of a time commitment the show would be after the actual taping… but it’s been a lot. so perhaps you can understand the “now” comment and the title of this post!
one of the absolute best parts of being on the show is the confidence i gained. i feel like now i can truly cook anything. first: having the time to actually shop for your ingredients is invaluable. culinary did an amazing job with what was in the pantry but i found it overwhelming to try and find things with only a few minutes and people pushing you around. on other competitive food shows i’ve seen (romanticized!), they usually have a whole grocery store to run around in and brainstorm as they wait for the butcher to wrap the beef up. second: research. i really am a homecook… with only a few classes under my belt. so, i typically will do some research, either through my extensive cookbook collection, the internet or frequenting a restaurant i like and obsessing about a dish through trial and error until i figure it out.
but NOW, i feel like cooking in my home is such a luxury that nothing is too daunting. so bring it! if there’s something you want to know… ask me and i’ll not only do it but i’ll have great pictures to boot. til next time… and don’t worry it will be very soon! X