Tattoos and Pearls. Chef Jaime Laurita and I have the perfect pairing of friendship. He is like a brother to me and continues to inspire and encourage me on my culinary journey. A milestone moment was visiting Anne Willan, the founder of La Varenne Cookery, in her kitchen.
We met several years ago when Chef Jaime was the host of a fundraiser for Wings. Chef Jaime has always had a heart for charity and for making a positive impact. He has toured the world with Madonna, Sting, Steven Tyler and even co-wrote a cookbook with Sarah McLachan. Although he has designed and cooked for many celebrities, Chef Jaime always maintains a humble heart and kind spirit. “Life is what I’m chefing, and I think that everyone can use a dose of good energy and positive cooking in their lives,” he says.
Recently, I was so honored that Chef Jaime cooked a birthday lunch for me in his kitchen! The entree was asparagus soup topped with crispy fried leeks and prosciutto wrapped shrimp. Architectural artistry!
For dessert, he prepared a delicious Apple Tarte Tatin on the stovetop and in the oven and served it with homemade sour cream cinnamon ice cream.
Here are three tips from Chef Jaime’s Kitchen
- Keep it clean/simple. “There’s nothing good about a crowded refrigerator. Be selective and invite the ingredients onto your table.”
- Please sharpen your knife.
- Cook without fear. “Fear should never be an ingredient. Don’t feed me that. ” The most wholesome ingredient is you. Cook with love.
Here is a link to the video kitchen chat in Chef Jaime’s kitchen.
Thank you, Chef Jaime Laurita for this spectacular birthday lunch. You have created a lasting taste memory. Your friendship is the perfect recipe in my life.
Savor the day!