By Analiese Paik
I’m so pleased to share the exciting news that my friend and event collaborator Silvia Baldini will compete on Chopped on March 31. Chef Silvia will be going head-to-head against three other chefs, and the Chopped clock, for a chance to win a three-course cooking challenge. The appetizer, entrée and dessert dishes must all be made using unconventional ingredients from a mystery basket.
Tune in to the “Fake Cake, Real Stakes” episode premiering on Tuesday, March 31 at 10 pm to see if she rises to the challenge. C’mon, when was the last time a local woman chef was on Chopped? Was one ever? I’ll be Tweeting throughout the show so please follow me @greenfoodgal and Chef Silvia @strawberryasage on Twitter to join the Tweetfest!
Ten Things You’ll Want to Know About Chef Silvia Baldini
- She always dreamed of becoming a chef.
- Her signature style is chic, comfort food.
- Her mantra is “When you share food with friends, family, and your community, it will undeniably taste better and make you happier.”
- She’s a native of Turin, Italy and graduate of the Cordon Bleu in London and Cornell/French Culinary Institute restaurant management program in New York.
- She worked as a stagiare at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in London and Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before returning to the U.S. to found innovative culinary group Strawberry and Sage.
- She had a successful career as an art director on Madison Avenue before deciding to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a chef.
- She is driven, focused, creative, and has a passionate eye for beauty.
- She has nerves of steel and remains composed under pressure.
- What drives her crazy? Mispronouncing words like bruschetta (sk not sh).
- She makes a mean farrotto, with whole, organic farro of course.
Silvia told me that it was important she represent women chefs on Chopped, and all the women that cook at home for themselves and their families. “It’s a bit of a boy’s club out there and I feel this should be the year women break some rules” she said.
Please join Chef Silvia and me for a unique educational tasting event feauturing rare Ark of Taste honeys with author and beekeeper Marina Marchese on March 26 at the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan. Chef Silvia will be doing a cooking demonstration and tasting of heirloom carrot soup with honey and preparing honey-soaked cakes for a tasting during the social time to follow. Come say hello! RSVP and learn more here.