Mother's Day in Miami: Six Chefs Pay Tribute to Their Moms
Chefs must be strong enough to do back-breaking on-your-feet labor for upwards of 12 hours a day. They play with knives and fire. And yet, they must also tap into their sensitive and creative side, working with the most delicate ingredients, using all their senses to perfect a dish.
Todd Erickson with his mom, Julie Erickson, and grandmother, Lois Wallman.
What, on earth, would set a person on course for such a challenging career when they could do something easy like brain surgery or nuclear engineering? We asked several chefs and most agreed that the impetus for their obsession with creating beautiful food was watching (and helping) their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers in the kitchen.
In honor of Mother's Day, we asked some of Miami's most-loved chefs to share with us their favorite memory of their moms in the kitchen. We hope you enjoy them.
Kris Wessel of Florida Cookery
My mother was (and is) a fantastic cook, especially in the baking department. Half of my childhood was spent in Florida and the other half in New Orleans where she is from. My father had a big family, so in order for my mother to impress his mother and sisters she used her French-Louisiana heritage to master any baked good or dessert they could put out. One of those was "mango pie" that she brought back to New Orleans. Many a summer nights in New Orleans we would end a meal with a blackberry or peach cobbler and on the hottest, most humid nights, we'd have a cool mango parfait pie! My mother impressed her Miami Beach mother-in-law and made an eternal impression on her only son, who would later become a chef.
Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek
Courtesy Tongue & Cheek
My mother is someone who I want my own daughter to be like one day. Growing up wasn't always easy, but she made it happen for us no matter what. I do not have one single memory of any one special moment. I have many!