Cooking Superstar

Havoc In The Kitchen

Cook along with #CookingSuperstar Ben from Havoc In The Kitchen

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

I was a kid (around 6-7 y.o), and my first recipe was either pancakes or crepes, or better say, something in between :) They were edible though.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

Well, the name of my blog is...Havoc In The I need to say more? Indeed, I consider myself a pretty organized cook, but things happen. However, I can easily use up all available tableware while cooking even a simple dish. My husband jokes that I am that person who is capable of using 10 spoons and 7 bowls (And maybe something else!) while serving two bowls of ice cream.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Be creative and trust your intuition. Certainly, there are recipes you should follow instructions. But when it comes to a salad, soup, appetizer, or pasta - you don't even need precise measurements and guideline. Test, Taste, and Adjust!

Be open-minded. Try new ingredients and incorporate some unusual combinations (particularly, sweet&savory) in your cooking. The best way to start would be a salad, and then you can try a pizza or pasta. That will improve your creativity and palate.

Be inspired. Sometimes, while making a dish, you can come up with other ideas based on this recipe.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

I would invite some book publishers as my dream is to publish a culinary book (or a couple), so I would try to impress them.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

Cooking, photographing, and blogging have monopolized all my free time (and sometimes more). I wish I were able to make a background or simple pottery props myself. Perhaps, I'll try this one day.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?


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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Hell's Kitchen
Cook Book
Fresh Herbs, Dulce de Leche, Irish Cream
Kitchen Gadget
Ice Cream Maker