George has had a love of all things culinary from a very young age, and throughout his career, has worked with renowned chefs and food technologists. He discovered his passion for cooking at the age of five after spending time in his grandmother's restaurant. From then on, under his mother's guidance (who is a talented cook of her own accord) George recalls cooking anything his mother would let him, starting out with scrambled eggs and hamburgers and quickly moving on to fine Italian and French dishes.
After many years of honing and perfecting his culinary craft, George still enjoys what he humbly considers: "complimenting my family culinary experience," by taking courses in regional cuisines pertaining to the vegetable ingredient products his family specializes in, namely: Asian, French, Mediterranean, Mexican and Tex Mex.
Because of George's extensive knowledge and passion for food, he is a great resource to customers in helping them find the right ingredients for their recipe needs. "I need to understand what's happening in the kitchen," he explained. "If my client has an unfavorable flavor note, I need to be able to assess the situation to understand why." That extra level of service and care undoubtedly stems from his love of food and his work alike, which fortunately for George, go hand and hand.
2 seville oranges (or bitter oranges)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup canola oil
Pinch of salt
1 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
2 teaspoons espresso coffee crystals
3 cups almond flour
1 cup skim milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
For Chocolate Sauce
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/4 cup boiling water
1 – Cut the 2 oranges in half and juice with a juice press. Reserve juice. Peel oranges, discarding the insides, and cut the peel into long, thin strips.
2 – In a medium saucepan, combine peel and reserved juice and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours (or until peel is tender and juice is dissolved). Remove from heat.
3 – Stir in honey and set aside.
1 - Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2 - Mix together first 9 ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix baking soda and milk together and stir until it foams. Add baking soda and milk to large bowl and stir until smooth and creamy. Transfer to two round 9-inch cake pans and bake for 35 minutes.
Make Chocolate Sauce
1 – Combine cocoa power with boiling water and stir until it makes a thick sauce.
1 – Transfer first cake to center of a cake plate. Coat the top of the cake generously with chocolate sauce, and then arrange pieces of orange peel on top.
2 – Place second cake on top of the first cake. Coat with remaining chocolate sauce and decorate with remaining orange peel.