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No More Nice Tom

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This past Sunday, I was a contestant and WINNER on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.  This was a really proud moment for me both as “Chef Tom” and the owner of my own business: TomCookery – New Comfort Cuisine & Catering.

I felt like I was on the Hunger Games, minus the murder.  But I channelled Jennifer Lawrence and pressed on through three rounds of the most unbelievable sabotages.  Delights such as making cake in a cement mixer and creating a kitchen from a shopping cart were on the menu Sunday night.

My description will be a pale comparison to watching the video of the Cutthroat Kitchen “Clean Up” below:

Takeaways from the Show:  

-My mind goes blank under pressure (hence forgetting everything but the lettuce for my salad)

-I have an uncontrollable potty mouth “Thanks for these dirty a$$ knives”

-Never has a caterer anywhere turned down a sterno as a heat source.

-Newly formed PTSD around construction sites around the city.

-Trowels are incredibly useful for icing things like cakes.

-I have supportive friends (see above)

-And most importantly, anytime is a good time for pancakes.

Static Truths:

Alton Brown & Chef Antonia Lofaso are the best host and judging team on the show.  I’m not just saying that because I won.  First of all, female chefs rock so Antonia is clearly my fave.  Further, Alton changed my whole cookie-making world in the Good Eats “Cookies” episode and I’ve been a devotee ever since.  I am truly honored that they had nice things to say about me and this is my proudest memory as a chef to date.

Stay tuned for a blog post on the watch party we threw in TomCookery’s hometown of Long Island City, Queens.

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