Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Traveling Palate

I have been so blessed with all of my travels lately. In the month of March, I went from California to Chicago and then to New York. One of my favorite things about traveling is the opportunity to experience food from the different cities.

I was in Chicago for the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show. I was honored to have been asked to do a cooking demo on the main stage.

Click on the link above to view my demo!

Other chefs doing cooking demos were Rick Bayless (Top Chef Masters), Paula Deen, Michael Symon (Iron Chef), Cat Cora (Iron Chef), Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives), and Curtis Stone (Top Chef host, America's Next Great Restaurant). I was very star struck at meeting Guy Fieri and Curtis Stone. I was among many women waiting in line to get my cookbook signed my Curtis. He is so CUTE!
I was even able to go to Curtis's premiere party for his America's Next Great Restaurant show.

So back to restaurants I visited in Chicago. Graham Elliott (one of the Masterchef judges) set my family and I up to a 19 course meal at his restaurant. I enjoyed the Caesar salad- gem lettuce+ brioche twinkie + white anchovy and "lobster" atlantic monkfish + cheddar hushpuppy + slaw vinaigrette.

Chicago pizza oh my! How I now love Chicago style deep dish pizza. I ate at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. My favorite pizza was the "Malnati Chicago Classic". The crust was crisp and crunchy, tomato sauce was so fresh and flavorful, and the sausage was surprisingly, to me, good. I am usually not a sausage fan but I could tell their sausage was homemade and it was good.

Art Smith's restaurant Table Fifty-Two was really good. It was a comforting Southern style meal that reminded me of home. I felt like a celebrity in which the table we sat. I was told Lady Gaga and President Obama had sat at the table we were seated. His fried chicken was delish! I tried the side of three cheese mac which was served piping hot out of the wood-fired oven.
Now on to dessert, my favorite part of the meal which I always save room for ha ha!
We were treated with real Southern Hospitality. We were given a taste of every dessert on the menu. They were as follows Art's Hummingbird cake (huge slice, really good), Southern Pecan Pie (loved it & I'm not a pecan pie fan), 12 Layer Chocolate Cake (my dad's favorite), and Bananas, Bourbon & Bacon (very unique).
Thanks Chef Art for a wonderful meal!

One suggestion for Chicago travelers, go in the summer! I know I will be making another trip.

Well I have ran out of time and room to include all the wonderful restaurants I ate at in New York so this blog post is to be continued......


  1. Congrats Whitney - Looks like all your dreams are coming true. I will be buying the book when it is released. My wife Ana and I enjoyed watching MasterChef, and we were rooting for you the whole time. I also love Chicago deep dish pizza.

  2. Oooh, I love Art Smith (and Guy Fieri)! Excited to see how well things are going for you, and I can't wait to buy the cookbook!!

  3. Hey Whitney! So great to find your blog. My wife and I watched MasterChef and rooted for you the entire season! We're both very glad you won, and we're very excited for you. Look forward to your book coming out, too. :)

    I'm officially following your blog now, so keep up the writing! My wife and I will pray tonight that you have a fruitful and blessed ministry in the culinary industry!

  4. Thanks for stopping by and trying our deep dish pizza, Whitney! We're happy to hear you enjoyed it. Sounds like you had a busy trip!

  5. Hi, Whitney! Congrats on your dream.. My family and I loves to watch MC, yay Whitney! Congrats too on winning the the 1st MasterChef!! My mom said that we can buy your cookbook after its published.. Cant wait!!! :)

  6. Whitney. You have got to come to Asia.

  7. Hi Whitney! How can I buy your cookbook here in Vietnam? Love seeing you on the show! You go girl!!!