Cacio e pepe is a social media sensation. Everywhere you look, there are live-action pasta lifts of creamy, pepper-flecked, twirl-worthy mounds of this classic pasta dish. But this "new" foodie fodder is actually rooted in ancient Roman cuisine. To learn how to make this marvel from scratch, Guillermo travels to New York’s Seaport district to meet with world renowned chef Jordan Frosolone, and learn how he makes his “Best of NYC” (an honor bestowed by New York Magazine) dish. Chef Jordan is currently the executive chef at 10 Corso Como, an imported Italian restaurant/gallery concept that has become a celebrity darling since its opening last year. From its kitchen he shows Guillermo how to make pasta from scratch the traditional way, and how to successfully make this incredibly simple dish, that just requires precision and attention to detail.
These colorful little sandwich cookies turn us all into kids in a candy store. They’re so perfect that the idea of making them is intimidating — but fear not! To learn how to make them, Guillermo met with master pâtissier Jayce Baudry, the executive pastry chef for Daniel Boulud's Épiceries. The chef taught us tricks and techniques to make the process manageable, even for an amateur baker at home.
Store-bought hummus is convenient but you haven't lived until you've made your own. For this episode of Chow-To, we visit chef Eden Grinshpan at her Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant DEZ in New York City to find out how to make hummus that is way better than the kind you'll find in a store. Guillermo and Eden make a traditional version, and then, to make things more interesting, they take it to the next level with Eden’s signature Beet Meze. This delicious vegan, gluten-free, protein-packed base is easier to make than most people think.
Superfood fads come and go, but the moringa plant (often referred to as the "miracle tree") has been used for centuries in countries like India for its alleged health benefits, including healing and cleaning wounds, preventing cancer, and potentially treating depression. For this episode, Guillermo visits Pondicheri in NYC, one of the first restaurants in the city to include moringa on their menu, to learn more about the green powder, and use it to prepare ice cream!
For this episode of Take 5, we head to Hollywood where the food and drink scene is often mistakenly overlooked. Our host Joey takes us to five spots that are perfect for anyone in search of a good bite or drink in Tinseltown.
Canned sardines rarely get their due. They’re convenient, sustainable, and healthy — and when used correctly, delicious! Guillermo visited Chef George Mendes at his Michelin Star Restaurant Aldea for a lesson in how to elevate these under-appreciated fish. Watch and learn as he creates an easy yet sophisticated dish that celebrates his mother's home cooking and his Portuguese heritage.
Peeps are probably the most iconic Easter candy, and even if you don’t actually like eating them, they’re undeniably adorable in their brightly colored marshmallow chick and bunny guises. To learn how to make these little creatures from scratch, Guillermo visited chef and author, Michelle Doll at NY Cake, where sugar magic happens every day. Marshmallows are a really fun type of edible craft, and Michelle is an expert at creating beautiful treats. Beyond Easter (or any other holiday for that matter), when you're making edible marshmallow art, shapes and colors go as far as your creativity will take you.