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.
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1 - Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a 2 1/2-quart saucepan, heat water and butter to a boil.
2 - Add a pinch of sugar and salt. Stir in flour and reduce heat to low. Stir vigorously over low heat for about 1 minute (or until mixture forms into a ball).
3 - Remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes before adding in eggs.
4 - Add eggs, one at a time, and continue beating until they are absorbed into the flour. (Consistency should be silky.)
5 - On a cookie sheet, spoon 1 tablespoon-sized rounds of dough, 3 inches apart.
6 - Bake for 35-40 minutes (or until puffed and golden).
7 - Remove from oven and set on cooling rack for 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
8 - Fill cream puffs with a filling of your choice (custard, ice cream, nutella, etc.) and top with your favorite fruit.