Ever since I was a young girl, I have always enjoyed cooking. I was the child sitting innocently in the kitchen waiting to help out my mom. Finally, as I grew up , my mom and I started cooking together for fun. By ten, I would not eat a simple hot dog, but instead had to have blackened salmon or sauteed shrimp for dinner.
As I progressed into my teenage years, I still had that love for cooking. So for an early birthday present, my mom bought me tickets to go see one of the chefs from the Bravo T.V. show, Top Chef at the University of Akron. During this spectacular presentation, they make gourmet foods that were fantastic, but when the second chef came out, I was up to see something I had never witnessed before — chemistry and cooking all in one.
This top chef used safe chemicals and preservatives in new ways to bring food presentations to a whole new level. In his demonstrations with these new products, he made the ordinary peanut butter and jelly in a new way. Using a chemical that hardens the outside, he took the jelly and made it burst when you bite into it. He then added the peanut butter and made little balls for a wonderful presentation of the simple PB & J.
Besides all the wonderful presentations, he made pasta noodles out of a mixture of soy sauce and different spices within minutes. They tasted great and could become a new favorite to comsumers soon. I loved this Cook Off and thought it was a wonderful experience for my love of cooking. I will, of course, continue to keep cooking throughout my life, and only wait to look forward to the new products of the time.
Oh by the way, I am currently 16 years old. Rachel Ray — watch out!