This week I have the unique opportunity to showcase one of Houston’s up and coming chefs, Alexandra Earle. She is a pastry chef at one of Houston premiere restaurants, the Rainbow Lodge. The lodge has an excellent rustic atmosphere that culminates with their luscious menu turning your dining experience into a complete foodie zenith. If you have not eaten there yet, get there. One of my mottos has always been- treat yourself. I began my interview with a Q&A with the chef about her journey into the culinary industry. I’ve always thought it’s important to know to the mind behind your food in order to properly enjoy your experience. Thus let’s began,
> What is your full name?
> What do you prefer to be called?
> What kind of chef are you?
> What got you into baking?
my grandmother, she made me love cooking and just food in general.
> What is your favorite thing to bake?
Breads and cookies, they are both so versatile the possibilities are endless with both.
> What made you want to become a chef?
Watching my grandma in the kitchen as a kid and how happy she made the family with her food got my hooked and its always been a dream of mine.
> What did you do before you became a chef?
Worked in a music store, my second passion is music.
> What is your end game with baking?
Owning my own pastry shop, that’s my ultimate goal.
> What do you like most about Houston foodies?
Were willing to hunt for good eats, Houston is huge, and you do a lot of driving to get the goods.
> What do you do when you are not cook?
Try and relax but even on my off days I’m trying out recipes, I’m addicted..
> What is your favorite comfort food?
A good burger with the works or any good Mexican food.
> What do you consider the best Houston comfort food?
we have amazing Mexican food in Houston but my favorite place is El Tiempo cantina. So good.
It’s always a pleasure knowing that my deserts were inspired by a chef’s grandma. It warms my heart and my belly. In addition, I asked Chef Earle to showcase her favorite dish. I received a wonderful surprise, and as always from my mouth to your belly I present an original creation.
A port poached pear, stuffed with ginger pastry cream, on salt butter shortbread, drizzled with thyme honey and toasted almonds.
The picture alone inspires me to go slice some pears and get to work. Unfortunately, I feel as though I would be committing a crime against chef humanity if I attempt that. Moreover, I think I’ll wait for a master pastry class. I would call it “Amazing,” but I’m sure she has a more professional title for this dish. So run, don’t walk to taste this mouth watering delicacy. Stay tune next week for my interview with foodie star Amy Castle from the web series What’s Amy Eating?
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