Saturday, November 14, 2009

Stump The Chef

 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a real Chef bouncing around in your kitchen?

Well, here is your chance...

And definitely not something that you would ever see on TV!!!!

The premise for the Stump the Chef cooking classes is that you:
  • Invite Six People to your home
  • Each guest brings a mystery bag of "stuff"
  • I show up with my tools and a bag of my own
  • We dump everything out on the table
  • Then I/we invent a kick ass meal out of whatever is dumped on the table
  • Everybody wears a chef coat
  • Everyone helps cook
  • Everyone sits down and devours everything that we prepared 
The most fun cooking class on the planet and definitely my favorite class

On Monday, September 16th I will give away a Stump The Chef class to someone that donated money to my recent fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

If you are involved in a charity, especially a Cancer charity shoot me an email I would love to donate my time to a worthy cause, my schedule permitting.

Gift Certificates are currently available for Christmas presents for all of the cooking classes.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I love my world...

"This is who I am and this is what I do!!!,
Just a magician that dresses funny..."

There are some fun things that I thouroughly enjoy about being a first passion other than Food Art is being able to teach....There is a friend of mine that lives in Hawaii, an established food writer, cooking school instructor, former Bed and Breakfast owner and just an awesome lady...Here is an email that I recieved from Sonia today that made me realize that I love my profession and the people that have become a part of my world...Just one of them emails that make you appreciate life that much more...

"Michael - Cheffy....what can I say?  I fell in love with your 'cheffybabbles' from the first and was hooked.  You have a fun way of imparting the vast knowledge stored in that head of yours and you've had so many interesting foodie adventures while moving all over....I'm just glad we met up again!"

Thank you Sonia, I am glad that we have had the opportunities we have had to share our lives and food

Ms. Martinez and I have known each other for probably 8-10  years and both of us have learned so much from each other that that bond of friendship and quest for knowledge has always been shared and will continue to for the duration of our lives...

Now, that is special....
Very, very special and I embrace that...

Thank you Sonia (and all of the rest of the Sonia's in my life) for being you....


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thanksgiving at the Hayes Household

My Oldest Grandbaby, James

Thanksgiving Weather Forecast At the Hayes Household

Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the
oven to an afternoon high near 190F. The kitchen will
turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cheffy or
worse yet, Poppa Hayes, be ready for a severe squall,
cold shoulder, and the more than likely personality
flare-up with discouraging words such as “Get the ****
outta my kitchen!”

During the late afternoon and evening, the cold front
of a large and intimidating knife will slice through
the turkey, causing an accumulation of one to two
inches on plates accompanied by a lot of mashed
potatoes drifting across northern regions while
cranberry sauce creates slippery spots in other areas.
The gravy should finish passing by mid-meal.

A weight watch and indigestion warning have been
issued for the entire area, with increased stuffiness
around the beltway. Smoky foyers, along with back
porches in some regions is inevitable. Alcohol
consumption should be expected. During the evening,
the turkey will diminish and taper off to leftovers,
dropping to a low of 34F in the refrigerator.

Looking ahead to Friday and Saturday, high pressure to
eat sandwiches will be established. Flurries of
leftovers can be expected both days with a 50 percent
chance of scattered soup late in the day. We expect a
warming trend where soup develops. By early next week,
eating pressure will be low as the only wish left will
be the bone. Happy Thanksgiving Everybody.