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My first Stage… and a trip to Phoenix

January 31, 2015
10:30 a.m. ET

The weekend is finally here… and we are ONE day away from Super Bowl Sunday! I’m currently in Maryland waiting for my best friend to finish his day… and we have a flight to Phoenix at 5:45 p.m. out of DC. Yes, this will be my fourth Super Bowl and quite possibly the one I’m most excited about. I saw the Patriots win in Houston, I saw the Patriots lose in Arizona, and I saw the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in Tampa. I’ve been extremely spoiled when it comes to Super Bowls, and this may be my last one.

I tell everyone this… If you have the chance to go to a Super Bowl, DO IT. It is by far the greatest show on earth. Not the circus, the Super Bowl. It truly is an amazing experience from the opening ceremony to the confetti when the clock reads 0:00. The energy at a Super Bowl is impossible to match and there is nothing like watching your home team compete 3,000 miles away. Is Arizona that far from Boston????

In any event, I’m excited to attend the game with my best friend — who I don’t get to see very often. Though I have to admit… selling our tickets for $20,000 has certainly entered my mind. That is literally my rent for the rest of the YEAR. While I find this number staggering and extremely scary at the same time, I have to say… it makes me feel bad for the average NFL fan that they will never be able to enjoy such an extraordinary event because of ticket price inflation. Sure, it’s great for brokers and people who want to make a quick buck, but I just wish the Super Bowl was more about the average fan than the independently wealthy.

Regardless, this will be a nice break from culinary school and cooking in general (Oh, and the snow!) and I’m planning on laughing for the next three days. I did promise my buddy I would cook Monday and Tuesday for him and his brother… so I’m not taking a total break from cooking. I already know what I’m going to make so stay tuned for photos… and even the recipe, which as you know I NEVER give away!!

Speaking of cooking, the stage on Thursday went well, but it definitely could have gone better. I walked away feeling a little discouraged about my knife skills, which comes with experience, and experience only. One of the fingers on my right hand was a shy short of bleeding and it still hurts to hold a pen. Unfortunately, this is part of my new career and something I’m going to have to get used to. I know cooking isn’t glamorous, and I don’t want it to be since I am FAR from a glamorous person… but I felt like I was given a new pair of sneakers to run a marathon. Does that make sense?

In any event, I know I have a lot to work on and I’m ready to put the work in. The good news is, I always fight for what I want and I NEVER give up regardless of how hard the task it. With that being said, I am going back on a busy Saturday night when I won’t be chopping as much and literally risking losing my fingers (not quite).

I’m so humbled and honored that major restaurants and chefs are giving me these opportunities and are willing to take a chance on me. I hope viewers learned something from me on The Taste… if you stay true to yourself, give 100 percent every step of the way, always keep your eye on the end goal, and refuse to be discouraged along the way… you will always end up a winner!

Enjoy your Saturday! (Blog #2 with Super Bowl snacks coming up later today!)

Welcome to “Dare To Taste” Blog!

January 28, 2015 when I thought I was done writing and blogging, I decide to get reacquainted with my keyboard and start a blog page on my “Dare To Taste” site. So… thank you all for reading my first post. Here is what you’ll find on my new blog:

– Cool new recipes that won’t be included in any of my future books
– New food ideas for social gatherings, dinners for one, and more
– Personal appearances/fun food events I’ll be hosting as well as cookbook signings
– Mailbag questions and answers to your food/cooking inquiries
– Contests where lucky winners will receive a copy of my cookbook

… and much, much more.

Today is Thursday and I’m headed to stage at a fairly well-known restaurant here in the Boston area. For those of you who don’t know what stage is (pronounced stazhje), its an unpaid shift in a restaurant where you’re thrown into the fire for a full day to basically audition for a job. Staging is important because accepting a job in a restaurant has to work for both parties involved. Not only is it an opportunity for the executive chef/owner to see if you’re a good fit, but it’s a time for YOU to decided if it’s a good fit for you as well. Make sense?

I’m really looking forward to today’s stage because I’m CURIOUS. I have lived my entire life/career with the motto, “sometimes the only way to figure out what you want, is to figure out what you DON’T want.” I have a job waiting for me here in the North End if this doesn’t pan out, so I’m ready to get this new career of mine started!

I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, if you’ve ordered my new cookbook, they’ve all been shipped. The mail out of Boston is very slow due to the recent snow storm so please be patient. The only thing I ask is that you send me a photo of where you placed the book in your house. And of course you MUST send me a photo of everything you cook!

If you have any questions about any of the recipes or you’re stuck on something… you can reach me at I’ll be happy to answer any of your cooking questions!

Enjoy the day!

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