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2011 WTVC Food Blog Awards

WTVC Awards
Welcome to the very first Wannabe TV Chef (WTVC) Food Blog Awards.  These awards are my way of recognizing some of the best foodie sites on the Online.

Some of the people awarded I have had the pleasure to meet in person and others probably don’t know me from Adam.  Now sit back and meet the winners of the 2011 WTVC Food Blog Awards:

Best Site by a Professional Chef: Big Jones Blog by Chef Paul Fehribach

Best Site by a Home Chef: Average Betty by Sara O’Donnell

Best Lifestyle Site: Jolene’s Trailer Park by Jolene Sugarbaker

Best Health & Fitness Site: The Bikini Chef by Susan Irby

Best Instructional Site: Food Wishes by Chef John Mitzewich

Best Outdoor Cooking Site: Deep South Cooking Outfitters by Gene Fox

Best Food Writing Site: Ruhlman.com by Michael Ruhlman

Best Celebrity Chef Site: Alton Brown (just a lowly cook) by Alton Brown

Best Niche Site: Happy Little Bento by Sheri Chen

Best Dessert Site: Bake and Destroy by Natalie Slater

Best Site With a Cause: Bloggers Without Borders – A Fund for Jennie

Best Branded Site: Bitchin’ Kitchen by Nadia G

Video Recipe: Embarcadero Barbecue with SFQ Sauce

Chef John Mitzewich is the Michael Chiarello of Internet chefs who stars in the two-time Tasty Award winning web series Food Wishes.  In January I met up with Chef John at an event in Los Angeles and during that time he told me that his wife, Michele, had invented a new barbecue sauce called SFQ Sauce.  Michele had realized that for all of San Francisco’s grand heritage in food that there was no definitive style of BBQ to represent the City By The Bay.  Well she fixed that.

SFQ Sauce is a truly amazing sauce.  It has that whole Northern California influence with the inclusion of dark chocolate and coffee.  It would be easy for someone to take a base BBQ sauce recipe and just add some chocolate and coffee to sound all froo froo and fancy but in this case these non-traditional ingredients are spot on.

When you first sample SFQ you won’t taste the chocolate or the coffee what you will taste is something that is far more complex than your standard BBQ sauce.  SFQ has nuances and layers of flavor that are simply unheard of.  There is something familiar about SFQ, it is at it’s base a Kansas City style that is sweet and smokey.  I sampled the sauce with chicken and it was quite good.  The sauce would lend itself really well to beef like brisket or smoked beef ribs.

But I decided to get the full Frisco experience I needed to BBQ something that screams Golden Gate – salmon.  So watch as I prepare Embarcadero BBQ Salmon with Lobster Scented Brown Rice and Pepper Jack Broccoli.  Recipes follow the video.

Recipe: Embarcadero BBQ Salmon

Ingredients

  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin on
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt, pepper and granulated garlic to taste
  • SFQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat. Rub the skin side of each fillet with olive oil then season to taste with salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Making sure your grill grates are clean, hot and oiled up, place the fillets skin side down and cook for roughly 7 minutes. If the fish sticks it is usually a sign it is not ready to be flipped.
  3. Once the skin is brown and crispy it should release from the grill easily. Turn the fillets over, paint with SFQ sauce on the skin side only and cook roughly two minutes more.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Recipe: Lobster Scented Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick cooking brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lobster stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring water and stock to a boil.
  2. Add the bay leaf and rice then season with salt.
  3. Reduce to a simmer and cook for roughly five minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Recipe: Pepper Jack Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 TBL Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 slices Pepper Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the water to a medium-high pan.
  2. When it begins to boil add the broccoli and cook, stirring frequently until the water has boiled off.
  3. Add the olive oil and season to taste sauteing until the broccoli is heated through but still firm.
  4. Top each serving with a slice of cheese then serve.

The TASTYs – What a Night!

It was a night of glamor, humor and networking.  It was the TASTYs!

Egyptian Theater in HollywoodWhat happens when you get Jolene Sugarbaker (the Trailer Park Queen), Average Betty, the Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, Chef John of Foodwishes and the Bikini Chef together?  I wish I could tell you.

It’s not a secret – one of those “what happens at the TASTYs stays at the TASTYs” scenarios.   Nor is it the result of alcohol-amnesia albeit not for a lack of trying.  The entire evening was such a blur that my feeble mind struggles to put things together.  My memories seem like one of those flash back episodes that sitcom’s do when everyone wants a week off.

Here’s a short rundown on the celebs I hung with:

  • Manouschka Guerrier and Sasha Perl-Raver of The Private Chefs of Beverly Hills are far more beautiful in real life than on the tube.  They are both extremely sweet as well while oozing sex appeal.  Chef Stuart O’Keeffe was also there and the few femmes not hooked on his James Bond looks were undone by his Irish brogue.
  • Jolene Sugarbaker was a huge hit in LA!  Her humor is so natural and genuine that everyone wanted their picture taken with her.  A true original who refuses to let corporate bigwigs force her into the cookie cutter molds they so love.
  • Chef Nathan Lyon of PBS’ Growing a Greener World and Discovery Health’s A Lyon in the Kitchen appears to be the next big chef sex symbol.  His easy style and and charming mannerisms were even noticeable in a town filled with those traits.  He’s also a great guy with an inspiring message about knowing the person who grows your lettuce.  This cat is also hysterically funny.
  • Average Betty, Chef John and Jolene SugarbakerSara O’Donnell, known to the world as Average Betty, was like the hippest chick in high school – funny and unpretentious.  She is the female friend that guys love to hang out with which is shocking since her long shapely legs and seductive red locks drew more second glances than the runway models on hand for the fashion side of the awards.  She was stunning!  Let that be a lesson to you model-types – eat a F’ing sandwich!
  • What can one say about Chef John?  The most humble guy ever.  He’s so good at teaching people how to cook that they never notice they are learning something.  If there is a word that sums up John it has to be “wholesome.”  Just a real guy with a charm that sneaks up on you.  And I’m not just saying that because he promised me a bottle of his wife’s new San Francisco style BBQ sauce.
  • Bobby Bognar of the History Channel’s Food Tech posses all the cool I have come to expect from musicians.  He’s as funny as a stand-up comedian, a good one, too, not like Pauly Shore.  He has that every-guy appeal that makes you want to be his friend.  He also seems like a good guy to have at your back in a bar room brawl.
  • Susan Irby the Bikini ChefSusan Irby was sporting her trademark Bikini Chef jacket with strategically placed see-through polka-dots that reveal just a hint of her hard body.  The brilliance of her jacket is that it doesn’t really offer a glimpse of the scandalous lady-parts but bewitches you with promise of more.  One photog remarked to me that she beams like the sun; an understatement.  Susan made sure I got to meet Wolfgang Puck and introduced me to the people that mattered at the pre-awards reception.  She took me into the Hollywood Hills so I could see everything LA has to offer in one awe-inspiring view.  Thanks for keeping me from looking like a rube.

This is but a capsule of the great people and sites of the evening.  There’s more to come.  I mean, I still have two more days to kill and I don’t plan on spending them tapping on a laptop from my hotel room when Los Angeles is just outside my window.  I’m off to find a taco!

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up

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