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Millionaire Baking Inspiration

  What inspires you to bake, cook or create a delicious dish? For me, inspiration can strike from just about anywhere. It can come from reading a good cookbook, seeing beautiful food pictures on ...

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Baking Bagels and More in Teen Baking and Pastry Camp

  Our five-day Teen Camp: Baking and Pastry is filled with fun and loads of information. The week is a complete baking experience for young pastry chefs as they navigate the world of quick breads, ...

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Teach Your Kids to Cook to Avoid these Food Faux Pas

There are some foods that you need instructions on how to eat. Shrimp is one of those foods: pull off the legs, peel the shells, scoop out the gunk, and pop it in your mouth (all but the tail that ...

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Adios, Chicago

My 8-year adventure in Chicago (and my 3-year adventure with The Chopping Block) has come to a close. On August 1st, I will be heading back to my hometown of Norfolk, Virginia to begin a new chapter ...

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We Provide a Positive Direction

Each week, I pour two years of culinary knowledge into the minds of sixteen teens. I love what I do: teaching, pulling inspiration out of these teens and watching them flourish by just giving them ...

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Two Heads are Better Than Four?

Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. I know we’ve all encountered the unimaginable and quickly learned that having focus and patience can help overcome challenging situations. In ...

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What Makes an Iron Chef Iron?

When I think of an Iron Chef, I think of the level of uniqueness required in order to title the chef “iron.” What makes an iron chef “iron”? In my opinion, it's versatility, knowledge and execution. ...

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School of Rock meets Good Eats

Last week was an exciting Iron Chef in Teen Camp and once again, the ambition level was set to a new standard. We also had a special guest judge: my older sister Sara from Buffalo, New York, who has ...

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Shoot to Thrill

Every week that goes by, the bar of standards for our teen camps gets raised. Each week, the teens show more of an effort to beat out last week’s competition. It is the undeniable amount of work and ...

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Challenges Mark Greatness Even In Defeat

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. –Confucius

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