Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it
I specialize in new age Italian food with a Mediterrannean flare. I am well versed in BBQ, Greek, American, and Vegan/Vegetarian cuisine as well. I like to use fresh seasonal ingredients (most locally bought or home grown) when possible. I don't like to use hidden fats or heavy sauces as I like to bring out the natural flavors of each item.
List of the Chef's favorite ingredients
How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?
I learned how to cook from my grandma and stepmom. My mom didn't cook at all but my grandma loved having Sunday dinners, cooking the freshest Italian foods. I remember being mesmerized by all the food, flavors and laughter at the table. I always wanted that feeling in my life. As I got older my stepmom was always in the kitchen, whipping up more delicious Italian dishes. From there I read, watched and practiced until I could have my own dinner parties.
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Tara's Italian Cucina
Owner/Chef (Jun 2014-Now)
I am the owner and chef of a private chef and catering company specializing in Italian and Mediterranean food.
Chef Consultant (Apr 2014-Jun 2014)
I helped to reopen and transform an old-style Italian restaurant to one of new age Italian cuisine. I trained the staff, designed a whole new menu and reorganized the kitchen.
Sous Chef (Apr 2011-Jul 2013)
Sous chef of a high-end Greek restaurant. I trained line cooks, worked all stations from grill to sauté, butchered all fish and meats, ordered all kitchen products and expedited on weekend nights.
Nyack, NY, United States
Travel: 82 kms