December 27, 2013

Chef Brandon Scawthorn on the Austin Campus!


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The Austin campus of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is excited to welcome Austin’s own Chef Brandon Scawthorn to host a cooking class for kids and their parents. Brandon is the winner of Guy vs. Rachel’s Kids Cook-Off and star of a web-based cooking show. The class is designed for parents and kids to be guided by this young chef through a menu that’s exciting and sure to please tastebuds of all ages.

Current Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts students will be volunteering to help with the prepping and hosting of the cooking class and are excited to meet the young chef and be a part of this event. Future Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts students have signed up to attend the class with their parents.

Brandon learned to cook alongside his mother. He’s proud to cook the Texas-style food he grew up eating. His favorite food is Kobe beef. When he isn’t in the kitchen, Brandon races bandolero cars, proving the only thing he burns is rubber.

When I asked Nancy Marr, the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts staff member coordinating the event, how she thought having Brandon on campus would be beneficial to our students, here’s what she had to say:

“Brandon’s passion and drive for cooking is inspirational to people of any age. Along with that, being a part of any public cooking class gives Escoffier students the opportunity to act as mentors to young, aspiring chefs and share their experiences in culinary school. Events like this allow our students to gain extra experience and provide the opportunity for students to network with culinary enthusiasts from outside the school. Our hope is that Escoffier students and food enthusiasts can attend this event and other classes in the future that will help build new skills in the kitchen and relationships in the community.”

When Austin Foodstyle Magazine interviewed Brandon about his culinary interests, here’s what he had to say:

Austin Foodstyle: What is your favorite thing to cook?
Brandon: I am a Texas boy, we like meat – I love to grill and make BBQ chicken, along with ribs and steak.

Austin Foodstyle: How do you learn your kitchen repertoire?
Brandon: I just kind figure it out. Sometimes, I watch TV shows but I learn a lot by trial and error – like learning not to drop the veal from high heights into really hot oil – that was rough.

Austin Foodstyle: What is your all-time favorite food experience thus far?
Brandon: My all-time favorite experience has been the show. It helped that I won.

Austin Foodstyle: This is the most important question a person can ever be asked…what would be on your plate at your last meal?
Brandon: A 20-ounce sirloin steak and a two-pound baked potato with green beans and lots of bacon and a gigantic piece of garlic butter-salted bread. Make the potato five pounds.

Austin Foodstyle: What five things are always in your fridge?
Brandon: Leftovers, steak, vegetables, milk and eggs. And butter, of course.

Austin Foodstyle: What kitchen utensils can you not live without?
Brandon: A knife, a grill, a pan, a stove, a fridge and an ice cream maker (I like to make strawberry ice cream).

Austin Foodstyle: What are your goals for the future – what do you want to be when you grow up?
Brandon: I am still thinking about culinary school and thinking about going to college. I just really want to be a chef. And not just any chef – I want to be a TV chef. And sometimes a racer, but mostly a chef.

Austin Foodstyle: You might be able to cash in on the TV chef thing pretty soon. I hear you are in pretty well with Food Network?
Brandon: Oh, yeah. Yeah, that already happened.