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Twitterview with Jason Ross, @ChefJasonRoss

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Twitterview with Jason Ross, @ChefJasonRoss

Photo by Todd Buchanan

Good afternoon! Let's get the Twitterview with @ChefJasonRoss, a judge for the #ChefChallenge, rolling!

So @ChefJasonRoss, when did you know that you wanted to get involved with cooking as a career?

Jason: I went to cooking school young-17, but had no plans on being a chef until later.

after a while I realized that I was always in a kitchen and around 1997 I began in earnest to go after it as a career. age 25ish

So where did you go for schooling, and could you tell the kind/type of cooking you wanted to do early on?

Jason: I went to a school in Manhattan that no longer exists. I would go on weekends and after class sometimes...

It was like a hobby that I was really into as a teen. I guess kind of like sports or an instrument...

I didn't really know much about types of food but once I got into a professional kitchen and felt the energy...

I was blown away. My specific food style education in a restaurant was a place called Christers (Swedish)...

Off Broadway in NYC. Christer interviewed me, hired me, and I was on the line within an hour during an opening night.

So how did you end up going from NYC to MSP? What other restaurants did you work at?

Jason: Don't they say you come here for love, money or treatment? :) I came for love. My wife was coming home for schooling...

The plan was to stay for a year. That was back in 1994. As for restaurants I've worked -embarassingly long list

D'amico Cuccina (now gone) was the first place with a great local chef -JP Samuellson...

at the time D'amico was the place to be and lots of chefs in town got their training in that kitchen

A great way to learn and network with other chefs! How did you end up becoming a Chef Instructor?

Jason: A job in the schools restaurant came up. I looked at it as another kitchen job. Over time I realized, I love the ...

I love the teaching as much as the cooking. I thought I'd be at Le Cordon Bleu 3 years, tops. It's almost 7 now...

it's coming up on 7 years soon.

Must be having fun! So on @KARE11 they are covering the #ChefChallenge right now. What can people expect this wknd?

Jason: You really never know! The competition is at a really high level this year. It's really the best of the best..

This is the first year for most of the field.We have 2 returning Champs.There's sure to be some curve-balls...

I heard there are brackets in twin cities kitchens.I'd love to see the spreads.Well I guess not as a judge :)

Probably something for you to avoid. :) Are there categories, and what happens Saturday versus on Sunday?

Jason: It's a 2 day cooking tournament. 8 chefs, then 4, then 2, then 1. New secret ingredient for each 1 hour round.

finals on Sunday afternoon. Winner take all for $10,000

And the #ChefChallenge is FREE! Thanks for your comments and time today today. Have a foodtastic weekend!

Jason: Great talking to you -lots of fun. See you at the Mall Rotunda on Saturday from 10-4.

Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Permalink


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Joel E. CarlsonMNMO Twitterviews are led by @JoelECarlson of Sociability, a social media consulting services and community management company in Minnesota. He is very active in the social media community and has conducted over 300 Twitterviews with people like Elizabeth Ries and John Hanson of Twin Cities Live, Frank Vascellaro of WCCO-TV, Genevieve Gorder of HGTV, and Rebecca Jarvis of CBS' The Early Show. He truly enjoys connecting with new people and places and sharing their story with others.


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