Overall this was one of the best experiences of my life, it had been a long road about a year and a half of not knowing if I was going to make it to the show. I finally got the all and all I kept telling myself was "be yourself , even if it's crazy"
Jess Dunne believes in the power of visualization.
The 27-year-old co-owner of Southold’s North Fork Roasting Co. recalled watching Food Network’s Chopped when she was 15 years old and remarking to her father that she had what it takes to compete on the series. It was a dream she harbored while studying pastry making at Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program and later while working as a chef at the roastery and for Grace and Grit caterers.
Tonight, that vision becomes reality when she appears on the competitive cooking show screened before an audience of her family and friends — as well as the rest of America.
“The process was such a roller coaster, but it was so fun,” she said. “I think that everything happens for a reason and it was totally worth waiting for.”
The show takes four chefs and challenges them to create three dishes — an appetizer, an entrée and dessert — in three rounds, using a list of ingredients that most cooks would not consider pairing.
Although Dunne couldn’t divulge details about how far she went, she did say the episode had a comfort food theme.
“The chefs are asked to carry the comfort food theme onto their completed plates, starting in round one when they must utilize something starchy and something greasy,” reads Food Network’s description of the episode. “A homey protein and some beautiful tomatoes are in the mix in the entree round, then a nostalgic cookie meets a dairy delight in the dessert basket.”
Dunne noted she had been a standby contestant twice before this appearance. Each time she and her fiancé and business partner Jennilee Morris would travel into Manhattan, stay overnight and arrive camera ready the following morning. After the second standby trip, she got the call that she had been officially cast.
“Jenni and I started crying,” she said of receiving the call. “We were so excited.”
Dunne joins a group of esteemed local chefs to appear on the series. Stephan Bogardus of North Fork Table and Inn competed in 2013 and Andrea Glick of Riverhead appeared on the show in 2011.
Secret spot, trespassing. Oops.
Sinatra had the time of his life running wild up hills, through muck and mud, and forest.
I on the other hand slid on my ass down a hill and bruised like a peach.
Sinatra did nothing to help as you can see.
Our craigslist $2,000 boat was probably one of the best investments we made last year. Yes she breaks down and yes sometimes she doesn't start. But on those days that hope starts our boat damn it's the best feeling.
Sinatra is probably the one who enjoys it most. I've recently discovered a love for fishing, maybe some would say an obsession. I just want to kill them all. I mean catch them all!
I mean I haven't caught anything HUGE yet, but summer isn't over.
After getting out of the hospital I definitely could not come straight back to chaos and work. Jennilee rented us an amazing spot, Husings Grove which is literally heaven.
We were only 15 minutes from home but having our own space, a kitchen to cook dinner in , and a waterfront view was just what I needed.
Sinatra was in heaven as well. He spent about 10 hours a day in the bay.
It's amazing what a little salt water and sand can honestly do for your soul. You feel one with the earth again and bring it back to center.
Cooking each night was a non negotiable for me, take out? No thanks. How about fresh lobster, steak and chimmichurri, fresh bouillabaisse.
Anxiety. Dang, something I never thought was possible to actually talk about out loud. Literally controls my everyday and my every motion. I realized I can be in control, I can change how I feel on a daily basis. It's not easy and it's a bumpy road but I need this and I want this.
So so many individuals struggle from mental illness and it is kind of looked over as a joke or a problem that's not real. The feeling in my chest of a tight balloon about to burst in every motion is not a joke. The feeling of maybe thinking I will have a heart attack at 27 is definitely not a fake problem.
The truth is I am working each and every day to make MY life a more positive and calm life.
On the outside I have everything, a beautiful fiancée, a successful business, a loving family... why would I be depressed and have chronic anxiety? Truth is it is not something I can control whatsoever, what I see in the mirror is something completely different than what you may see. I am so fulfilled in certain ways but so empty in others. I WILL fight this and I will help others. I recently had a stay in the hospital to recoup and find who I am and be myself not the workaholic that I am everyday. I met many that had problems that are larger than mine but I realized we all had something similar; we are fighting against ourselves instead of working for ourselves.
some of my favorite slang-
salt and pep
oh my lanta
I've honestly become the biggest sucker for purchasing cookbooks. Each month when my Bon Appetit Mag gets delivered it's like Christmas morning I read a quick editors note then skim first, then browse for a long time with a glass of wine.
Being that I keep a healthy but playful menu here at the shop I love to check out different varieties of cookbooks that are up and coming or even old school Martha to combine what I'd like to see here.
Super excited to dive into these two...after I finish this watermelon avocado mint & feta salad.
I know traditionally hummus is all about those chickpeas, but lately I've been all about anything else!
This was a simple and super tasty hummus made with cannellini beans.
1 Can Organic Cannellini Beans
1 Tablespoon Tahini * I use Joyva
Salt and Pep
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lemon Juice * 1 lemon
Blend in food processor and serve with whateva you want!
north fork native. 27.