Why I want to be mentor: I love to entertain, but more than that I love to show people that they too can entertain...and enjoy it! I want cooking and healthy eating to be a source of joy for people, not a source of stress, and I have lots of tips and ideas to help home cooks get to this point.
Lesson Learned: 1) Improvising in the kitchen is the key to being a good cook.\r\n2) The only way to enjoy cooking is to practice, so that you become confident enough to let your creativity shine.
Tip: Simplicity is always the best way to go when you're cooking for an occasion -- focus on just a few key ingredients.
Why I want to be mentor: I have been a resource for lots of my friends who are intimidated in the kitchen and insecure. I like to demystify food and make it fun for people to cook and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
Lesson Learned: Don\'t be intimidated by long recipes or complicated instructions, they are usually not that tricky and remember, you didn\'t always know how to drive a car. Anyone can learn.
Why I want to be mentor: I'm a former professional caterer and baker...plus loads and loads of themed dinner parties under my belt, both personally and professionally. Lots of professional and personal experience...plus hey, with 6 kids, every single night is a dinner party in my house! And dinner parties are about more than just good recipes...the details and planning make a meal into a party. Focus on those, and any recipe can become party-worthy.
Lesson Learned: Fire melts fishing line. Yeah, I discovered that when I built a Moroccan tent in my living room for a Moroccan dinner party for 30 friends, and I hung beautiful Moroccan lights from the corners...by fishing line...oops.
Tip: You will be your own worst critic. Remember that your guests are there to see you, not just to eat your food.