Monday, March 12, 2012

Interview with Chef Kerry Corcoran from Hyland Blue Catering

Chef Kerry catered my good friend Melissa's birthday party in February. All of these pictures are originals from the day of the party that I took. She did a fabulous job and she has the "Flava in ya ear" stamp! I recommend her to all! Thank you so much Kerry! Check out her bio and the interview I conducted with her.

Chef Kerry Corcoran hails from Brooklyn,N.Y. Her passion for food, started as a child watching her grandmother, who was an excellent cook. She attended FIT to pursue a career in fashion design, but her passion for creating delicious food was stronger. She's a lover of art and uses her art background in her cooking. Her approach to food is creative and unpretentious.

What do you specialize in?
We specialize in off site catering for any special event like corporate,weddings, birthday parties,baby showers,christenings and graduations.Our food is International Cuisine with a tropical flare.
What is your most sought after cupcake creation?
I would have to say our signature flower cupcake is the most popular among our clients.
Signature Flower Cupcakes
What is the largest event you have catered and what was the theme?
It was a family reunion for 200 people and the theme was celebrating those who had past.

What are key ingredients for moist cupcakes?
Cake flour,oil,buttermilk and sour cream.
Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Chocolate Accents
Oil v. butter which do you prefer and why?
From a health standpoint I prefer heart healthy oil which can be used to cook or accent a meal.

What is the wackiest order you have received?
It was witch finger cookies for Halloween,they were adorn with warts and blood.

What season is your busiest?
The holidays are always the busiest.
Pesto Pinwheels and Tex-Mex Rolls
What is a great meal you can whip up in 30 minutes?
Salmon en Papillote would be a great and easy meal to whip up in less than 30mins-salmon baked in parchment with your choice of veggies,citrus,herbs and white wine.Also for Asian spin add some pineapple juice,sesame oil and ginger.
Mojito Melon Balls
What is the longest you have ever worked without a break in the kitchen?
I worked 2 days straight in the kitchen for a friend's baby's shower.
What are 3 words that describe your catering company?
Innovative,unique and fun.

What would you say is your best masterpiece in the kitchen?
I love sauces so my best masterpiece would have to be my Irish cream Alfredo sauce.
Balsamic Chicken Wings
What do you love most about your job?
For me it's more than a job it's a passion and I love the freedom I have to think outside of the box.
Cornbread Souffle 
What are 5 ingredients everyone should have in their kitchen?
Fresh garlic,onions,oil,salt and pepper.
Strawberry Champagne Soup
Best cooking tip for a novice?
My advice would be to learn basic cooking techniques like braising,saute,poaching,roasting,pan roasting,stewing etc once you master them you will be able to follow any recipe.
Mini Cheese Platter

If you can cater for anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and what would it be like?
I would cater a lavish dinner for my grandmother who past away 16 years ago.She is the reason why I'm so passionate about food.I would let her know the simple act of watching her cook as a child changed the entire course of my life for the better.
Pesto Appetizer Pizza w/ Sun dried Tomatoes, Onions, and Pepper Jam
What is unique about your catering company?
What makes our catering company unique is that we work with any budget,whether you're rich or poor in between or not sure.We will work with you because for us this is a passion.

For catering inquiries email Kerry tell her "Flava in ya ear" sent you! 
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Conducted by Celeste


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