Chef: Gladstone Roberts
Position: Chef for Home Chef. Orlando, Florida
How did you get started?
The reason I wanted to become a chef is my mom. I always liked watching her cook, but that turned from just watching her cook, to coming home and wanting to cook myself. As I got older, I realized I really wanted to be a chef. I know it’s corny, but Ratatouille (the Disney movie) is why I cook today and that is the model of never defining my limits!
What was your first position?
My first position that I held in the restaurant industry was actually at a fast food restaurant. I was a dishwasher at Chick-fil-A. The job built a lot of character for me, that’s for sure!
The story behind the dish:
Chicken piccata is my favorite dish. It was one of the first authentic Italian dishes that I ever made. I can make it in my sleep perfect all the way through, no hesitation!
Italian Chicken Piccata
What you need:
One 9 inch skillet
Pair of tongs
Measuring spoons and cups
1 skinless and boneless chicken breast, butterflied and then cut in half
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour for dredging
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup of white wine or chicken stock
1 tablespoon brined capers, rinsed
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Season chicken with salt and pepper. Flour chicken and shake off excess.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 3 tablespoons olive oil.
When butter and oil sizzle add 2 pieces of chicken and cook for 2 min. When chicken is browned, flip and cook other side for 2 min. Remove and transfer to resting plate.
In the pan, add the white wine or chicken stock then lemon juice, and capers.
Return to stove and bring to boil, scraping up brown pieces from in the pan for extra flavor. Check for seasoning - season as you go according to taste buds.
Return all the chicken to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove chicken and place on platter.
Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to sauce. Pour sauce over chicken and garnish with parsley.
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