It begins with a flicker. An idea momentarily hatched and then pushed away by years of practicality and pragmatism. It returns, stronger now, a small flame, dancing and climbing higher, buoyed by the notion, “What if?”. Something happens, you get lucky, you meet the right person at the right place at the right time, and the wheel begins to turn. Things get moving faster, and faster, and faster and you have to slow down and remind yourself why you love this, why you’re chasing this dream. And somewhere in the middle of it all, you realize, if only for an instant, that you’re actually doing it.
Last February that flicker began, over a beach weekend and a Salmon Nicoise. This past week, I had the incredible honor of winning the Kitchen Circus Grand Championship. It was like nothing I’ve ever done before, and yet I hope that this is only the beginning.
I made it to the Kitchen Circus finale, thanks to the Pumpkin Cheesecake I shared with you recently, and I clinched the deal with a Deviled Quail Egg topped with Anchovy Aioli and a Wild Mushroom Bisque. I can’t wait to share both these recipes with you…but for now, I just want to say thank you. Because although I haven’t the slightest idea of what is ahead, I know that I wouldn’t be where I am right now, without you.