THE MOVERS

November 5th, 2010

What’s Cookin? You Make The Menu

tn_480_salmon_dragon_fruit.bmp

ChefNAround provides five star food and quality service for all of your in home dining needs. ChefNAround focuses on creation dinners. These dinners require each guest to bring ingredients they love or find interesting and the Chef prepares a multi course dinner from all of the items.

Amanda Eckmann, 27,   will graduate from the Midwest Culinary Institute in November and from there will be focused full time on further developing ChefNAround.

Prior to her  schooling, she  worked in various food establishments. Eckmann started in chain restaurants as a teenager working as a hostess and from there she moved into different roles with other companies.

She competed in her first competition earlier this year and found the experience to be very rewarding in teaching her new skills. As a chef,  she has many things she would still like to accomplish including further certifications and winning more competitions.

What sets you apart from other culinary professionals?

ChefNAround doesn’t have a set menu for guests to choose from. Each menu is created specifically for each group that books a party and I strive to ensure that each recipe is different from something I have done before. I travel with a core group of ingredients which consist of flour, sugar, salt, and pepper, and I leave the rest up to the guests.

Please explain your area of expertise in the kitchen? How did you develop them?

My specialty is operating on the element of surprise. I go into each party not knowing what ingredients I will have or how many dishes I will be able to make, but I guarantee there will be no less than 8 dishes for each group of guests. I started doing this because I love the show chopped and knew I wasn’t quite ready when I began to sign up and try to be a contestant.  From there I put my own spin on things and decided it is a great way to entertain and so I began to offer this style of cooking as a service in outside homes.

If you had to compare yourself to one dish, with both ingredients and presentation, what would it be and why?

The dish that best represents me is my potato leek and garlic soup with bay scallops and bacon. The dish is very simple, but with each bite the flavors become more complex. Each dish I create has a different and interesting element to it, but I always like to incorporate the basics.  The presentation again is very simple, but the appearance is deceiving in regards to how much flavor the dish actually contains.  I view myself as a very simple and relaxed chef. On the outside I look like many other chefs with the coat and black pants, however, on the inside my wheels are constantly turning.

With the holidays approaching, what is your favorite “traditional” dish? How would you add your touch to make it unique so it represents your style?

I love the turkey on Thanksgiving. You can eat it that day and the next on a sandwich or for breakfast in a quiche. There is just so much that can be done with it. To make it my own we inject the turkey with a mixture I create the day it will be cooked. A  mix of Worcestershire, garlic, and some fresh herbs chopped very fine to inject into the turkey. Under the skin I would put whole fresh herbs such as thyme and sage, and rub the entire turkey down with kosher salt and pepper. After it is prepared I would smoke the turkey.

Where do you see yourself and business in the next five years? How do you plan to attain that goal?

In five years, I see the company expanding. At that point, I would like to have another Chef on staff to allow for multiple parties on one night, and have parties booked every weekend and possibly be booking through the week. In addition, I would like to be putting out a ChefNAround cookbook at the end of each year to provide my clients with recipes I have created throughout the year at various parties. To find another Chef I have my work cut out for me. There are many great chefs out there, but to find one that has the same goals and interests that go hand in hand with CHefNAround is a task I don’t take lightly.

To visit ChefnAround’s Web site, click here


About the Author

Socialtik Mag
Socialtik Mag is a progressive platform for young, aspiring professionals to express our views on the issues and ideas in the world around us. It’s the Gen-Y perspective of life in the new decade. In addition to the original content we produce, we post from sites around the internet to keep our peers aware of what’s positive, what’s fresh, and most importantly, what’s progressive.




 
 

 
popquiz1

So You Think You Can Be an Entrepreneur?

There is an enormous difference between wanting to do something and being able to make a living at doing that something. Have you ever watched the American Idol audition shows and witnessed a tone deaf singer’s shocked re...
by Socialtik Mag
159

 
 
fundamentals-of-pitching-to-investors

Perfect Pitch for an Investor’s Home Run

Angel investors can provide you not only with the money to take your small business to the next level, but also real-world experience, advice and a cache of industry connections. But are you giving investors the information t...
by DeAndra Harrison
85

 
 
business

Do You Really Have What it Takes to Run a Business?

Few people are suited to be their own bosses. Most people want a regular work routine. Their lives are based on forty-hour work weeks and steady paychecks. When people tell me they want to start their own business, I ask them w...
by Socialtik Mag
185

 

 
pivot-or-persevere

Be Persistent or Revolve? The Keys to a Successful Startup

Every entrepreneur eventually faces an overriding challenge in developing a successful product: deciding when to pivot and when to persevere. A pivot is structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis...
by Socialtik Mag
51

 
 
fashion-design-team

So You Think You Can be a Designer?

Sometimes Fashion Designing sounds like a dream job, right? Unfortunately, it can also be one of the hardest professions to get into. However, with hard work, it can be done. There are many types of Fashion Designers. Some work...
by Socialtik Mag
33

 



7 Comments


  1. Legg Mason is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, and its common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchang the moment sweetie bracelets are extremely favorite; they can be a example of items of fun jewelry which might be expressed by brands renowned for quality


  2. Extremely educational thanks, It looks like your current readers may want a whole lot more articles along these
    Feiteng H9500


  3. Equipment Repair, Sales & Install
    Also – Handpiece Repair


  4. Nice job, I really like how your site looks.


  5. Great article and right to the point. I don’t know if this is truly the best place to ask but do you folks have any idea where to employ some professional writers.


  6. The cooking details that you have shown on this particulars subject is supreme and with complete details.


  7. There are many great chefs out there, but to find one that has the same goals and interests that go hand in hand with CHefNAround is a task I don’t take lightly.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Twitter Users
Enter your personal information in the form or sign in with your Twitter account by clicking the button below.


thru 9/26 - Fall Sale. 30% Off select styles. Disc