Julian is one of the first friends we made at NYU. And together, we joined the NYU’s Master Chef competition on a whim during our freshman year. To our great surprise, we survived through two rounds and somehow made it onto the final, which was filmed and televised on NYUTV. Though Anna cannot even turn on a food processor [see video below] and Emily had a few mishaps of her own during the show, Julian remained calm throughout. He led our team, “The Hungry Hearts,” onto victory!
As our bounty, we each won a food processor, a boxed set of cooking utensils, expensive looking cookbooks and, most importantly, endless glory. (During our four years at NYU, every once in a while someone would actually say “Hey, haven’t I seen you on NYUTV?” Ah, our 15 minutes of fame…)
Our junior year, when we used to live in the same dorm as Julian, we were also treated to more delicious meals. He’d pick a few vegetables, bring over his massive assorted spices kit, and cook us amazing dinners out of nowhere.
Though he now lives a 40-minute train ride away, on Sunday night Julian made the trek out here to cook. He baked a crust, filled up his cast iron pan with a tomato tarte tatin, and lugged it on the steamy subway to Brooklyn. And for that we were very grateful.
Our only task was to fix a salad. So, we headed to the 5th Ave. Farmers’ Market:
We are not yet at the owning-a-salad-spinner stage of life. Anytime Julian is involved, there will always be delicious cheeses spread out as an appetizer. Thank goodness he’s no longer vegan. Rather than have a triplet sit on another’s lap, we had to pull the table up to the couch to make up for our chair shortage. Now we have a booth!
Elbows off the table??
The crust was phenomenal. As it should be, given that Julian listed the main ingredients as “flour, butter, more butter, and beer.” This is obviously Katie’s plate: a little tube of chapstick and Kindle always at hand.
You can view the old Master Chef video here: