I shared with you the different iterations of the burger recipe I was developing for a contest! Well, I won the contest and this is the award winning burger! Slice, roast, smoke, chop, incorporate, grill, rest, eat! Thanks to #themushroomcouncil and the consulting department at the CIA for putting this together. Special thanks to my team at the @ciatestkitchen for the taste tests, the feedback and the moral support! #winner #burger #umami #umamibomb #mushroom #competition #americancuisine #gastropub #pubfare #sliders #grill #proud2bcia (at The Culinary Institute of America)

It isn’t easy to top the flavors of great natural products such as figs, tomatoes fresh off the wine, olives or the product of the craft of cheese-makers. But I felt satisfied with my work tonight as all three paellas for my party turned out fantastic. I had an amazing time. #manchego #mahon #drunkengoat #valdeon #paella #satisfied #olives #mediterranean #spanishcuisine #figs #proud2bcia High-res

It isn’t easy to top the flavors of great natural products such as figs, tomatoes fresh off the wine, olives or the product of the craft of cheese-makers. But I felt satisfied with my work tonight as all three paellas for my party turned out fantastic. I had an amazing time. #manchego #mahon #drunkengoat #valdeon #paella #satisfied #olives #mediterranean #spanishcuisine #figs #proud2bcia

I was playing with flavors very near and dear to my heart and I ended up putting together my first dessert plate. @lauramonroe knows my desire to put together pistachios, cardamom (tr: kakule), rose water and lime zest. The plate is a first draft. 

Orange blossom and lime zest cheese cake, wild pistachio (tr. melengic) milk jam, cardamom and sumac brittle, pistachios, flowers

#dessert #brittle # candy #middleeasternfood #iran #turkishcuisine #istanbul #flowers #proud2bcia #cheesecake #pistachio (at The Culinary Institute of America) High-res

I was playing with flavors very near and dear to my heart and I ended up putting together my first dessert plate. @lauramonroe knows my desire to put together pistachios, cardamom (tr: kakule), rose water and lime zest. The plate is a first draft.

Orange blossom and lime zest cheese cake, wild pistachio (tr. melengic) milk jam, cardamom and sumac brittle, pistachios, flowers

#dessert #brittle # candy #middleeasternfood #iran #turkishcuisine #istanbul #flowers #proud2bcia #cheesecake #pistachio (at The Culinary Institute of America)