Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ultimate chef, Tyler Florence. He was giving a cooking demonstration, A-ing Qs like the old Food 911 days- all while we were sampling the food and drinking wine. Other than the cookbooks I bought to be signed, it was a free event, which made it even better.
He's really a nice guy. When approached by a woman thinking he was 'some other food network guy' he kept composure- unlike myself. Who waits in line for an hour to see someone they can't recognize? At least the amateurs have full wallets. Tyler also did a great job of directly answering questions, and having answers I had not heard before. For instance, a common scenario we all encounter, is buying a bunch of fresh herbs for a recipe that calls for a tablespoon. Fresh herbs are expensive and wasting them sucks. The response is to treat fresh herbs like flowers- that's what they are after all! Cut off the bottom of your fresh herbs like you would flowers and stick in a jar of water. Brilliant! He also confirmed for me that it's perfectly acceptable to sear meats in my non-stick pans. This makes me happy.