In the culinary world there are two guys that have collectively and individually done it all. I am talking about the local authors of Fire it up, Andrew Schloss and David Joachim. If there was a book written solely about their accomplishments I would have to guess it would equal in size to the 4 lb. cookbook Mastering the Grill, that they also wrote together. An example of other cookbooks that the talented twosome wrote together include: Mastering the Grill Deck, Brilliant Food Tips and Cooking Tricks and The Science of Good Food, which won an IACP award for Best Reference Cookbook.
Besides creating innovative recipes, Andrew and David also founded a line of seasoned salt blends called Chef Salt. They collaborated with international salt expert, Mark Bitterman, to produce six mouthwatering flavors. These taste bud treats include NY Steak, Bacon BBQ, Tuscan Herb, 7 Salt, Bamboo Curry, and Tunisian Fire. The blends are made to enhance the flavor of anything your little heart desires.
In addition to co-owning Chef Salt, Andrew is the President of Culinary Generations a product development company for many food manufacturers. Schloss is also the former director of the Culinary Curriculum for the Restaurant school of Philadelphia and the owner of the former Center City restaurant ‘In Season’. In 2005 he was nominated as Cooking Teacher of The Year by the IACP, where he was also a former President. Somehow in the midst of teaching and consulting, Schloss also found time to write 17 books, my personal favorite of which would have to be The Art of the Slow Cooker.
David Joachim led a similar but not identical career path. Some of you may or may not know that David has been a drummer since high school. While he went to Binghamton University and taught writing for three years, music has always been a part of his life. In the 90s he was even in a couple music videos. Now he plays drums, percussion and provides vocals for the band Tavern Tan. Aside from his musical achievements David has written, edited or collaborated on more than 35 books thus far. I highly recommend Il Viaggio Di Vetri: A Culinary Journey, written with Mark Vetri a James Beard Award Winner.
Together the dynamic duo have been traveling the country conducting book signings and demonstrations for their new book, Fire It Up. We are happy to say that our EastGate Square location will be one of their stops on August 20, 2011 from 1-4pm. I have to say that anyone that grills Watermelon, Donuts and Salted Caramel S’mores is definitely someone that I want to meet!!!