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MY CULINARY RÉSUMÉ
EXPERIENCE
KITCHIT Q&A
KITCHIT:  WHAT IS THE ONE KITCHEN TOOL (OTHER THAN A GOOD CHEF'S KNIFE) THAT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
HELEN CAVALLO:  My hands!
WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND/WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
Eating!
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY OR EVENT:
Large group of friends and family, everything is served family style, lots of sharing, loud conversation, eating off of each others' plates, lots of smiles and full bellies!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF?
i'm happiest when someone says "thank you, that was delicious!" and you know they mean it from their grin!
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?
When I cook for myself and my family... a simple pasta is all we need!
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEAL:
River Cafe, London 2007, everything was as God intended!
MY CULINARY IDOL OR ROLE MODEL IS:
My Italian Aunt Gom who makes the simplest most flavorful meals to My family in Colombia who can feed a crowd w a lot of love!!!
I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO BE A CHEF WHEN:
I had other jobs but couldn't stop daydreaming about my dream job of someday being a chef...
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT IS:
river cafe, london, uk
THE FIRST DISH I EVER LEARNED TO COOK WAS:
At 5 yrs old...scrambled eggs...
MY BEVERAGE OF CHOICE IS:
Non-alcoholic: cold water right out of the tap; alcoholic: super filthy vodka martini shaken hard, extra olives
FIVE INGREDIENTS I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND ARE:
Olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, vinegar
MY IDEA OF COMFORT FOOD IS:
Anything someone else cooks for ME!
MY FAVORITE FOOD CITY IS:
NEW YORK CITY BABY!
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION?
Greece, by the water...
MY "GUILTY PLEASURE" FOOD IS:
All-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp buffet, lobster, stone crabs, oysters... eat with your hands, get dirty, drink with cold beer!
WHEN I'M AT HOME AND COOKING JUST FOR MYSELF, I MAKE:
Eggs
MY FAVORITE PERSON/PEOPLE TO COOK FOR IS/ARE:
Anyone who isn't afraid of BIG, BOLD FLAVOR!
MY FAVORITE SEASON FOR COOKING
Right now!
MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR IS:
Vanilla, or coffee
MY FAVORITE COOKBOOK IS:
The River Cafe cookbook
WHAT IS ONE FOOD OR DISH THAT YOU WOULD HAPPILY EAT EVERY SINGLE DAY?
Pasta (guilty as charged)
THE DISH THAT MY MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER WILL ALWAYS MAKE BEST IS:
Arroz con pollo or ricotta ravioli
TWO EGGS "MY WAY" ARE:
Scrambled soft with olive oil
THE FIVE SPICES/HERBS I TEND TO USE MOST ARE:
Salt, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro
YOU'VE JUST BEEN OFFERED YOUR OWN TELEVISION SHOW. DESCRIBE IT:
Well... I have one... on Disney Jr. called "That's Fresh" - recipes so easy you'll laugh! I take a fresh ingredient or idea, then prepare it 5 different ways. Tune in, laugh, learn, get hungry!
MY FAVORITE LOCAL ARTISAN FOOD PRODUCT IS:
The girls at Lindy & Grundy LA butchers mean it when they say farm-to-table! You will never find higher-quality, more delicious meat anywhere!
MY FAVORITE LOCAL PRODUCE ITEM IS:
Anything citrus
MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL IS:
It's rare that I eat cereal, but when I do, it's Kellogg's Corn Flakes.
WHAT IS THE ONE FOOD OR FOOD GROUP YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
Fresh, local proteins and produce!
ONE FOOD THAT I'LL AVOID AT ALL COSTS IS:
Usually if it comes in a box, it's not for me.
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
With the simplest of ingredients -- olive oil, salt, a little garlic, and pepper -- I can make a really memorable meal. Just add a little to enhance the natural flavors of the main ingredients...and wow! Salute!
6 REVIEWS FROM KITCHIT HOSTS
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COURTNEY K.
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I booked Helen for a girls getaway at a villa in LA and have nothing but good things to say. The guest of honor was vegetarian and Helen crafted an amazing 4 course all veg meal that included deliciousness like cauliflower steaks, and avocado chocolate pudding. Also, the grape cocktail she made was truly epic. Everyone was clamoring for the recipe. Ad to that she and her staff were incredibly nice and accommodating. Everything was just perfect.
BURKE E.
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  10 PEOPLE
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Chef Helen was such a delight. My boyfriend and I had a Valentine's day dinner party for 10 of our friends and booked Helen on very short notice, and she blew our minds. She did a tasting menu, casual yet tasteful. We had such a lovely experience! Highly recommend her!
MARISSA D.
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  60 PEOPLE
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Chef Helen and crew were AMAZING! From the food, the service, the warm personalities- my past two events with her were seamless. I would highly recommend Chef Helen to anyone who wants kick ass party and wants to wow their guests with food and service. Already thinking of how I can book her again for 2013!
SHANNON D.
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  6 PEOPLE
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Helen was an absolute delight and a fabulous chef! The menu was perfect for our party of dinner guests. Everyone raved about the food and had a wonderful evening. I highly recommend Helen and will definitely work with her again!
HYACINTH L.
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  16 PEOPLE
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Helen is a fantastic chef. We had a party of 16 come for a sit down dinner served family style. Helen was prompt, professional and very easy to work with. Service was flawless. The food tasted great. Everyone went home happy.
LAUREN R.
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  16 PEOPLE
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We had a dinner party for 16 women in my living room. It was fabulous from start to finish with the most creamy burrata and beet salad to filet mignon with roasted organic eye popping cauliflower and delicious mushrooms. Dessert was beyond a treat. So wonderful to entertain in my home but do none of the work!