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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Curious Chef Review and Giveaway!  

Those of you who read my Blog on a
regular basis know I wanted to be a Chef.
I went to school for Culinary Arts and worked
in the field for 17 years. Though I left the kitchen
two years into it ( after a very hot August in a kitchen
with no Air Conditioning) and transferred my focus
towards the front of the house, I still spent considerable
amount of time in the kitchen. I often filled in for the
Kitchen manager and always got to work early to help
the prep cook get a head start on the days prep list
before I turned attention to my department. I was
one of the few managers who could relate to both
the kitchen workers and the servers and bartenders.
I could often be seen working the line during a rush
to help the kitchen get caught up. Now the fact I worked
finer dinning and had to wear expensive clothes that
often ended up with stains and burns is another story.

The fact of the matter is I never lost my love for
cooking. To this day I will go on spurts and bake up
a storm or spend the day making sauces for the freezer.
John's only complaint other then the 20 or so pounds
he found over the last few years is that I make too
much of everything when I cook. That I can't help.
I learned to cook in the commercial world and know how
to cook for 500 not 5. My cooking is the reason all
Holiday dinners are hosted at my house
and people bring their own carry out containers
for leftovers.

My son grew up in kitchen as well. If at home
or at my work he spent most of his time in one. At
3 he wanted an Easy Bake Oven and every year since
he has asked for some sort of gadget or another.
This year he wants a slider maker but he already has
everything from an ice cream maker to a Bullet in
his collection. Three Thanksgivings ago he was 13 and
I had major surgery the Monday before. I came home
on Wednesday and there was no way I could cook
Thanksgiving dinner. I had a hard enough time not
drowning in my own drool with all the pain pills I was
on. My son took it upon himself to go through my
recipes and made the entire Thanksgiving dinner
meal himself. Complete with dinner guests and desserts.
Though I would have had to check my own drivers
license that day to tell you my name I do remember
that the meal was spectacular. If he had not been exposed
to the kitchen since he was little he would not have
been able to pull that off.

He is now 16 and there isn't a dish in the
world he can't make. Who better to help me with
this review then Andrew? The fact that it was a pizza
set was even better and ironic since that was
the first meal he ever cooked on his own,
Bagel Pizza's! Curious Chef couldn't have picked
a better item!

I bought some ready dough and toppings
and we went to town. This was the first time
I had played with Pizza dough in years and had
a blast. One of my first jobs was as a Pizza cook
and it was hysterical trying to teach Andy how
to spin a pizza. We even had Rowan all set up in
her highchair to join in on the action. The set is
made for smaller hands but not too small as to
make it hard for Mom's and Dad's to help out.
It is super cute and comes with:

A Large Silicone Mixing Spatula

A Nylon Pizza Cutter

A Nylon Pizza Server

A large Nylon Plastic Knife

A Tomato Cutting Board.

Since we were not making the dough from
scratch we let Rowan hold the Spatula and
she banged it on her high chair and waved it around
with glee and acted as the conductor of the Kitchen.
The knife is thick and very durable but not
sharp. It is okay for the items we were cutting (green
peppers and mushrooms) but I would not recommend it for
any harder to cut foods. One, your little one should not
be cutting anything he or she needs to be exerting
themselves anyway and two, I am a Chef and one of
the rules of the Kitchen is there is nothing more
dangerous then a dull knife. This knife is fine for
Tomato's and soft foods though and would be perfect
for Crusty Bread where a serrated edge is needed
for sawing the loaf without crushing the bread.
Rowan was banging, we were cutting, everyone
was laughing. The cutting board is the absolute perfect
size for a child. It is too cute and great quality and I would
really love one in a Mommy size. Once we had our Pizza
sauced and topped and in the over it was not long
before we were pulling out our creation. I have to say
I loved the pizza cutter most of all. It was perfect and
had a plastic safety strip so not to hurt little fingers.
The grips made it easy to hold and this one worked
even better then the one in my cupboard now. The last item
in the box was the pizza server. This was also the
perfect size. I loved that it was wide enough so
you don't have to balance the slice from pan
to plate so not to spill.

My total review of this product was very
positive! I like that it has utensils that I
would consider safe to begin with and does not
hint at the more dangerous side of cooking. They are
easy to hold, clean well and perfect for starting
out in the kitchen. Andrew agrees with me and
Rowan pounds the spatula!

Even better Curious Chef is going to give
a Pizza Kit to your own little Culinary wonder!
To enter just go to their web site and tell me what item
you think your child would enjoy the most? The contest
runs from today December 5th to January 2nd.USA and
18 and older can enter daily and the winner
will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to
contact me with their mailing information. As always
you can earn a bonus entry by entering the contest of
the day and other ways to enter are posted below.

Extra entries.
Extra entries only count after the initial entry
is completed.

1. Become a follower of my blog or
post that you are. 3 entries,
please post 3 times.

2. Enter any of my other contest. I entry
per contest, separate post for each entry.

3. Grab my button. 5 entries. Please post
5 times.

4. Blog about this contest somewhere else
and post the link here! 5 Entries, Please
post 5 times.

Hey there, while you are here don't forget to enter
my Korres and Super anti spy ware contests!

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