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stevegronka


stevegronka
 
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Living In: Newark, Delaware, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Film and Television producer/director. Co-produced the music video Please Save US The World for the UN Global Youth Forum. Video starred Jennifer Love Hewitt. Have co-produced and co directed work for ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Discovery. Also do R&D work in alternative energy and manufacture oxyhydrogen generators.
My favorite things to cook
Italian anything but especially tomato sauces sauces, soups, stews, fruit pies especially apple and cranberry, chocolate anything, roasts, chicken, turkey, mashed potatoes, grilled burgers, fresh tuna, dolphin fish, flounder, corned beef and cabbage, pork and sauerkraut, chili, veggie chili, ... I love being in the kitchen.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Fried chicken, Thanksgiving turkey dinner,
My cooking triumphs
In two months at Hahn's Restaurant in Stone Harbor, New Jersey having started in food prep by picking turtle meat for turtle soup, I then was graduated through each cooking station ending with the broiler and the really high end meats. Was given responsibility for the kitchen during lunches on some days. As the lead cook on those days I had responsibility for running the whole restaurant at the tender age of 17. It was a big place that seated about 250 people or more and was noted for having the longest bar on the east coast. Working prep for Sing Cheng at 410 Bank Street in Cape May, New Jersey (New York Times rated one of the best restaurants in the nation)
My cooking tragedies
The potatoes for baking at Hahn's came wrapped in foil. One day we got a batch of green baking potatoes that took forever to cook. We had to "86" baked potatoes that night. Practically unheard of to "86" baked potatoes at a steak house seafood restaurant! I got royally chewed out and teased the rest of the summer. After that a sample of the potatoes were always checked early in the day every day.
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