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Darin Cross

Darin Cross
Home Town: Kingsport, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Duffield, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a culinary arts graduate from Walter State Community College in Tennessee. During school my particular focus was becoming a Patisserie (Pastry Chef). I studied and later apprenticed under Executive Chef David Babey who is a graduate of the C.I.A. in Hyde Park NY. After graduating I worked as a Pastry Chef for Marriot for about a year, and then opened my own catering business. In 2003 one of the instructors from school approached me about going into business with him in a custom bakery specializing in wedding cakes & gourmet confections. The business was an immediate success. Currently I am the sole owner of the business after my partner moved back home to New York.
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything, but I deffinatly lean toward the sweeter prizes of food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving!! Buy far this is my favorite holiday and I just love spending time with my mom in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I once had delivered a wedding cake to a reception and the bride has set a place up with a wooden trellis as a backdrop. What she failed to do though was to secure it. There was a central air duct right above it and when the air kicked on it blew the trellis over right on top of the cake. The top of the cake was totally destroyed. Luckily I had a couple stand by cakes still in the freezer just for emergencies like this. I cut the cakes down to proper size and redid the top. I made it back to the reception and got the cake back in place 30 seconds before the guests started arriving.
My cooking tragedies
This would have to be an attempt at baking some homemade bread for some friends. First mistake was getting the water to hot and so I had a massive yeast massacre. I didn’t know this though until later. Next part of the disaster was bumping the mixer on too high and flour went everywhere. I mean it looked like a flour factory had exploded in the kitchen. Well, after cleaning up the mess I discovered that the dough didn’t rise like it should have. Frustrated I decided I would bake it anyway. Well instead of serving my friends a nice soft loaf of bread, they got a brick instead. Honestly this thing was hard enough to have knocked a hole in the wall. In fact the guys actually tossed the thing around like a football. Oh well, the best lessons learned are from our own mistakes. Well at least that’s what I keep telling myself.
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
Very good cobbler, the only suggestion I have is to cut the sugar/cinnamon mix that you sprinkle on top in half, the stated amount is way too much and makes it impossible to tell when the cobbler is golden brown.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2012
Chai Tea Mix
Very good Chai Tea, I substituted Splenda for the sugar as I am a diabetic, still turned out wonderful.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2012
Smooth Sweet Tea
Yep its McDonald's tea although I had to cut the sugar to 1/2 cup. I've also made this using Splenda and it works just fine. Do yourself a favor though and don't skip the baking soda, it keeps the tea clear and cuts out the bitterness often times associated with tea.

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2012

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