By: Finance Foodie
Since I started this blog, a question that I often get is: “If you love food so much, why not cook more?” My answer has always been that a) I work about 70 hours a week in my day job – so last thing I want to do is come home and make a mess/clean up a mess in my kitchen b) Why cook something mediocre, when I can enjoy a meal done well by a professional? This is not to say I hate cooking, in fact it’s quite the opposite – I totally love firing up the oven and sautéing the greens…I only wish I didn’t have to clean up afterwards!
Luckily a few nights ago, my wish came true when I was asked to be the “sous chef” for Chef Dante de Magistris at the McGladrey Culinary Challenge in Charlestown. This evening of delicious dishes paired seven local renowned chefs with seven charitable organizations to raise funds in support of community-based projects in the Boston area.
|"Media Celebrity" at work|
|Chef Dante and team - the real cooks!|
|Photo courtesy of: Will aka The Boston Foodie. As I was too busy "sous chef-ing", I forgot to take a pic of the dish!|
**Dante is a self-taught chef and has no formal culinary school training. But he does come from an Italian family that loves to cook so he had plenty of practice growing up.
**Chef Dante is Massachusetts born and raised – he grew up in Belmont and now lives in the North End.
**This chef’s got a lot of fans – not a second went by without a party guest coming up to complement him on a fabulous meal experienced at his two restaurants.
Besides my duties as a sous chef, I also got to walk around to some of the other tables. Here was the scene outside of the Dante booth:
Chef Anthony Caturano of Prezza’s crispy shrimp and Italian slaw
L'Espalier’s smoked salmon and ruby red grapefruit
Towne, her media celeb sous chef Natalie Jacobson, and helper cooking up a lobster popover, risotto, and duck [dish not pictured but it was well worth the 30 minutes I spent waiting in line for a plate!]
Legendary Restaurant Group and his charity the Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries -- CONGRATS!), but the event still raised over $60,000 that night for the Boston community. So cheers to great food, great charity, and a great way to spend a Tuesday night!