Don't be ashamed of Who you are or What you Eat!

This week we lost a culinary legend. And we shouldn't be afraid to mourn this burger pioneer.

Being immersed in the world of food and working to be a highly sought after gourmet caterer in NYC -there are certain things you're not supposed to say when around the worlds greatest chefs. Though we respect them, try to learn all we can from them, and hope to take their knowledge to our customers in the food we create, we may be at odds on certain favorite foods and ideals.

I've had the opportunity to eat Burgers crafted by Daniel Boulud & Gordon Ramsey - two legends. I'd probably trade my left arm (I do most of my stirring and cutting with my right hand) to embolden a career such as theirs. But did their burgers change my life? Not Particularly. 

They were amazing dishes and delicious bites but I don't remember much about the experience other than feeling lucky and full! But I remember my childhood, growing up in a relatively poor family were outings to fancy restaurants was a myth I'd only heard of. But there was always enough for McDonald's. And to this day (and my mentors probably would kick me out of their kitchen for saying so) my favorite burger is and probably always will be The Big Mac!

With the passing of Jim Delligatti, the man behind this famed burger, it made me ponder how food can be a reminder of such a happy and innocent time in our lives. Growing up I never thought I'd have Gordon Ramsay cook for me. I never thought I'd run a successful catering company in New York City of all Places - but I did have many happy and cherished moments over this famous but often shunned Burger.

When I tell my peers that my favorite burger in the world is The Big Mac, there's always snide remarks. There's always comments of how I'm supposed to be better than that as a professional chef. How my cooking and flavor profile is so much more cultured than a fast food hamburger. And it makes me wonder- why should the things we love define us. In all capacities. 

I've toiled and learned, practiced and failed so many times in the kitchen to perfect a recipe or a dish I'd be proud to serve. Anyone that eats my food - all I want for them is to be happy in that moment. Most likely any bite I serve no matter how delicious won't change their lives - but if we can make them happy then our job is done. And we've done good. And I think as humans that's all we can really do. Try to do good - no matter what facet of life we walk.

Today more than ever it's important to not be ashamed of who you are. Even if people around you might think less - being true to yourself is more important than anything. No matter what, your true convictions will always rise to the top. And this includes your religious choices, your romantic preferences, your roots, your race, your true identity and your love of what others might call a guilty pleasure.

My point - the man that has brought me so much happiness during good times and sad times has passed away but his legacy lives on. And we can learn from this. His burger isn't made of the best quality meats in the world, it will never win a Michelin Star but it makes people happy. And that should be enough.

It doesn't matter if your favorite food is the Porter House at Smith and Wollensky or the endless bread sticks at The Olive Garden - all that matters is that like all of your choices in life - pick the food, the partners, the career (etc) that makes you happy, not the one that conforms to what society expects. You don't have to be the best to be the most cherished.

We will keep striving to be a respected NYC catering company. We will keep striving to satisfy our clients no matter what their requests might be. If its Lobster and Steak or Chicken Nuggets and Fries - If it made you happy, we're on it. 

Stay Hungry.......but not for too long. 

- What's The Kitch

Gourmet Doesn't Mean Snobby

We've been told many times over the last few months that clients love our menu because its comprised of Gourmet food but doesn't present its self to be pretentious or as many would simply say "snobby." 

Being a Gourmet Caterer in New York City and on Long Island, it was important for us at What's The Kitch  to offer a menu that anyone from any walk of life could enjoy. You wouldn't believe how many people have told us that it was their first time eating Lobster or Beef Wellington or Champagne Shrimp. Listen we know most can't eat this way every day of the week, but when you do - it should be an enjoyable experience. Not an overbearing where's your dinner jacket you should definitely order the expensive wine sort of event.

Both of our chefs are from small town humble beginnings. We strive to make every event we cater feel as though its a gathering of our closest friends and families. We want you to feel at home, even if the food is something you don't usually whip up on a Tuesday night.

At What's The Kitch, we have had the pleasure to serve the likes of Celebrities and Millionaires, to the every day person and fresh out of college dreamer - probably everyone in between. Our quality, service or approach doesn't waiver based on where you stand in life. Why should it? Everyone deserves to be treated with respect. But we know the world doesn't always work that way.

To some -Gourmet Food or Gourmet Catering means over priced, stuffy environments and strange ingredients you have never heard of or may never want to taste. To us- Gourmet means high quality ingredients, with creative flare that appeals to all. To us- Gourmet means Delicious in a welcoming environment. 

Our Food is Our Universal Language. 

Stay Hungry Friends......but not for too long.

-What's The Kitch