And so a rude boy cooks yea?
Aaron Craze sure isn’t your typical chef. Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen -a foundation used by Jamie for his social experiments where Jamie and his brigade of mentor chefs help to train disadvantaged kids and young adults to develop their culinary skills; Aaron, a school dropout of at the age of 15 is who is he is today; named as Oliver’s natural successor, awarded ₤120,000 to establish a business and a pub license worth ₤500,000.
Watching him cook and engage with the audience that day reminded me of Sharone Hakman. Both resonates wit and charm, though I still prefer Sharone over Aaron. Both are not chefs by training but discovered culinary talents who has since captivated the culinary scene with their passion and culinary skills.
For this edition of Culinary Masterpieces, the media was treated to a live cooking demonstration of some of Aaron’s creations. He started with Mexican Beef Tortilla with Tomato Salsa and Sour Cream followed by a Raviolo of Sunshine with Thai Asparagus and finishing off with Unbaked Lemongrass Cheesecake with Amoretti Biscuit Base.
To be frank, none of the dishes wow-ed me at all. Perhaps Aaron kept it simple since it is a short session or the ones we were served (prepared by the students of Berjaya University of Hospitality) were nothing like the original.
The Raviolo dish was most appealing for me as it has a nice golden yolk encased within. Unfortunately the taste didn’t quite match its appearance.
The one done by Aaron.
The one we were served.
It’s a shame Aaron wasn’t able to personally cook for everyone. Anyhow it was good to have met him nonetheless. I generally find most chefs inspiring but more so for Aaron as his transformation from a disadvantaged background to a celebrity chef definitely serves as an inspiration to all budding chefs!
Catch Aaron on AFC every Thursday, 11.00pm from now til 27th June 2013. There will be 13 episodes x 30 mins of “Rude Boy Food” so here’s your chance to see this bad boy turned good chef on screen! 🙂