Doesn’t this look yummy? It’s called, “Wok-Stirred Vegetables and Rice Noodle Salad,” and it’s delicious. I had it for dinner tonight, and the best part is that I didn’t have to make it. This dish came compliments of celebrity chef Ming Tsai. I was fortunate to meet Ming this evening and watch the taping of a new cooking show that will air on PBS this fall. Several Boston-area bloggers and their guests were in attendance at the taping of the show, which is a collaboration of Macy’s Culinary Council and several celebrity chefs around the country. The show teaches people how to prepare recipes using locally sourced ingredients.
Ming was great with the crowd, and I loved seeing him prepare the noodle salad as well as a batch of spring rolls. I forgot to take a picture of the spring roll before I ate it because I just couldn’t wait. My favorite part of the evening was when Ming answered a question about why he became a chef. He had two answers. The first was that he is always hungry. I love it – I’m always hungry too, Ming! The second was that he learned at an early age that giving people food can bring them happiness. I hadn’t really thought about that before, but I realized that’s true for me too. I love putting fresh-baked muffins in my children’s lunch boxes because I can imagine the smiles on their faces when they open their lunches at school. While so much of my cooking revolves about being practical, economical, and nutritious, I really do like it when people feel happy after eating something I’ve made for them.
Disclosure: I received a Macy’s gift card for attending this event.