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Union Market

This weekend Janell and I headed over to Union Market in Washington, DC. This was my first go around with the market that I've heard some pretty great things about. There were vendors apart of the market's beginning as well as newer vendors showcasing fun, and inventive dishes like the Jerk Chicken egg roll Janell tried out and really enjoyed.

I myself? I headed over to Harvey's Market. A family owned butcher shop that pretty much had it all. The staff was super friendly, attentive and somehow in control of it all as the weekend craze of the market brought a lot of folks out to purchase their meats. 

I met Marty, Co-Owner of Harvey's, a sharp butcher that knew exactly the cut of beef I was looking for to compliment one of the courses I've been working on for the "A Taste of West Africa" menu. I got some Flanken short-rib for the Suya course. 

Thanks to the good folks at Harvey's!

 

Harvey's Market

1309 5th St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

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CHOPPED!

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CHOPPED!

Crazy right?! 

I had no idea what to expect with this competition.  The idea alone that I would be cooking on national television was absolutely nuts to me, but there I was.

I remember the day starting really early, around 7:30am. The other contestants and I got to meet and know one another before we actually started the competition. I was up against a Chef from New Jersey, Canada, and Los Angelas. For whatever reason for a situation as nerve racking as what I was about to get myself into, I was calmer than I thought I'd be. 

Since the airing of the show, a lot of folks have asked me about how was the experience in real life compared to what is actually shown on television and for one, I can tell you that is as scripted. We truly had no clue as to what was in our baskets, and what makes the anxiety worse were the few takes we all had to do in front of our baskets.

Thank you to all of my  friends, family and colleagues that showed support during my "Chili Cook-Off" episode!

 

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