For a short while (we hope) we’re going to be cooking a bit more at home. Chef Andrew has some suggestion for quick and easy (healthy and satisfying) dishes that require a minimum of ingredients. Think about ground meat for versatility and ease of preparation. We’ll “Ask the Chef.”
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Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us from the road in Hilton Head, South Carolina with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. Tuna in a can is represented in most home pantries. It’s very versatile in uses for a quick meal. Is all canned tuna really about the same? Is it okay to buy just what’s on special? Chef Andrew gently suggests otherwise.
We’ll find out why sustainably caught tuna is worthy of your attention. Look for tuna cooked in its can and packed in the United States. Chef Andrew particularly likes Wild Pacific Albacore. Read the label carefully. There are some 70 species of tuna. Also recommendable is the premium Italian tuna in a can packed in olive oil.
Our Co-Host, Chef Andrew Gruel, the Founder of The Slapfish Restaurant Group, joins us from the road where he is in the process of opening new Slapfish restaurants. We’re continuing the popular “Ask the Chef” segments responding to your questions about all things culinary. To our benefit Chef Andrew is a real, working chef.
Always doing his part to generously serve and give back to the community Chef Andrew was just in Venice, Italy volunteering for the US Army as part of their Healthy Army Communities. We’ll chat about it.
GMO salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as it’s natural cousin is back in the news. Is it safe to eat? We’ll get Chef Andrew’s informed thoughts.
Chef Andrew discusses what it’s like to take an established & successful American restaurant concept overseas. Does everything typically translate well?
How does the Slapfish concept adapt to local regions across the USA? Do tastes in seafood differ on the East Coast and in Utah and New Mexico? Is it important to adapt to the local area when branching a successful concept?
Our own Chef Andrew Gruel of the Slapfish Restaurant Group joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Summer grilling season on the horizon it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner always providing handy and practical advice!
Raw oysters have been in the news of late. Chef Andrew serves up what we need to know about continuing to enjoy them free of worry. Don’t hesitate to ask your server where the oysters were sourced from. They should know…
Our own Chef Andrew Gruel joins us with another informative “Ask the Chef” segment. With the Holidays upon us it’s great to have a real working chef in our corner providing handy advice!
Tuna in a can, a staple of everyone’s home pantry, is, incredibly, losing popularity with Millennials. Chef Andrew explains that tuna is packed in cans in two ways. The more premium approach is to actually cook the tuna in the can which preserves more of the flavor and nutrients.
When it comes to shellfish, clams are probably more of a staple on the East Coast. There are some 150 edible species. They are sustainable.
Clams are high in protein and versatile in the kitchen. Simply steaming them with garlic and butter couldn’t be easier. Since their ocean home is in the sand and mud the only caution is to properly clean them. Live clams should always have a closed shell.
What do you use clam juice for, anyway? Also does a clam really belong on a pizza? Chef Andrew will provide the tasty basics.