Welcome to Kitchen Essentials, a video series showcasing the favorite tools of renowned chefs. In this episode, we visit Top Chef finalist Shirley Chung at her restaurant Ms. Chi Cafe in Culver City, California. Shirley specializes in Chinese-American cuisine and shares the five kitchen tools that are essential in her kitchen: a cast iron pan, medical-grade tweezers, her favorite spoon, a rolling pin, and an immersion circulator. Shop Shirley Chung's Kitchen Essential Picks
Chef Jansen Chan's pumpkin pie hack lets you make one from scratch in less then 30 minutes. Who wants to spend time making pie crust, when you can be enjoying Friendsgiving? With The International Culinary Center
When you're cooking turkey, but also doing Friendsgiving - it's worth learning a butchering technique that will save you hours of work in the kitchen. Jocelyn Guest (whole animal butcher) teaches us how to perfectly spatchcock (or butterfly) the bird.
Special thanks to The International Culinary Center
In the Armenian neighborhood of Glendale, Los Angeles, Armen and his family have been serving up mini kabobs to hungry to loyal customers for more than thirty years! Every morning they start whipping together fresh ingredients - fresh potatoes, red ripe tomatoes, and grandma’s special hummus recipe. We took a trip to this local attraction to witness their juicy skewers on the flaming grill and hear more about their generational story.
Breaded, deep-fried meat doesn’t need much more other than seasoning. Add to that, using one of the most expensive cuts of meat in the world. Wrap some crustless white bread around it, and you’ve got yourself a perfect snack known as Katsu Sando. A popular Japanese convenience store staple that has become an Instagram darling, and the new avocado toast at restaurants around the country. To learn more about the sandwich, Wagyu beef, and how to make this treat at home (don't worry, you can use any protein, this is not reserved for the super rich) Guillermo visits chef Corwin Kave at Don Wagyu in NYC, to learn all the secrets behind America’s most expensive beef sandwich.
To celebrate World Pride in NYC (50 Years of the Stonewall riot) Guillermo visited chef and restaurateur Brian Washington-Palmer, at his newest venture, Ruby's Vintage Harlem. They talked about his experience as a gay man of color in the food and restaurant industry, and what Pride means to him today.