A Taste of New York

One word could describe our guest speaker last week Doug Wasdyke and that would be WOW!  We were so fortunate  to be able to have Chef Doug visit my classes and share his expertise.   It was a day to remember.  It is not often that high school students get to meet an executive chef and are able to get first hand information about the culinary field.  As soon as he stepped into my classroom I knew that we were in for a treat.  He was very much at ease with each class.  It was as if he had been teaching high school students his entire life.   Before I had taken attendance he enlisted the help of a student  with the cooking while he did the talking.  They loved him.   Now at little bit about Chef Doug.

Doug Wasdyke from New York City is a highly accomplished executive chef with extensive experience in food service management, culinary design, food costing, hospitality management, quality control, menu design, recipe development, employee supervision and even management.   He attended Johnson and Wales University.  He is currently the executive chef and has been for the last 3 1/2 years for Sale-Peppe Gourmet Catering in the financial district of Manhattan, NYC.  For the last 3 years he has planned and implemented catering events for 56,000 people for the New York City Marathons.  And I thought feeding 125 mouths was a little difficult!

He has cooked with several famous TV Chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Sara Moulton, and Roco DiSpirito.  That’s impressive.  But even better he has developed recipes that are published with Taste of Home.

For the day he was the recipe winner in my classroom for three fantastic omelets that were hits.  This really opened my eyes because he served some combinations that I would have never put together.  My high school students loved them and talked about them for days.  He really got them excited about cooking something so simple and making it special.  A week later I had a young lady to show me a picture of a beautiful omelet that she prepared after our open house for her mother.   And this is only the start.  We are doing a lab with omelets and I cannot wait to see what the results will be.  I can see some budding chefs in the future and some great cooks for future families.   Thanks to Chef Doug for your inspiration, your enthusiasm for food, and for your love of cooking.  I’m pretty sure that some of my students have caught that enthusiasm!

By the way the local newspaper came by and Haisten Willis did a jam up job with the article.  Thanks Haisten.

New York Omelette

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 ounces sautéed spinach

Green Eggs and Ham Omelette

  • 2  eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 ounces of cubed ham
  • 2 ounces cheddar cheese

Wild Mushroom with Boursin Cheese  and Granny Smith Apples Omelet

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons boursin cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Julienne granny smith apples
  • 2 ounces of sautéed mushrooms such as shiitake and baby Portobello

Start to finish omelet take about 5 – 7 minutes.

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71 responses to “A Taste of New York

  1. What an amazing experience for your students!

  2. Nothing better than an omelet! Great experience for your students.

  3. yanexy

    I enjoyed his amazing experience and the omelet tasted great.

  4. Noel Epstein

    I learned that there are many different things that you can add to omelets.. even spinach.

  5. haley

    I learned that apples can taste good in an omelet

  6. Noelle

    I learned that you can put pretty much anything in an omlet. And its quick and easy.

  7. Ashton M.- 1st Period

    I learned that when making an omlette, you have to rotate the pan to make sure the egg cooks evenly :)

  8. ya boi dre

    wow!! the omelets were so freaking awsome.

  9. case m 1st

    I learned that you can add many tasty ingredients to an omelet.

  10. Hayley

    I thought it was very interesting that he used granny smith apples in one of his omelets. I would have never thought to put apples and eggs together!

  11. britnee williams

    he made different type of omelets but he made one with something called a “granny smith apple” i never knew , before this demo there was a such thing as a granny smith apple. so thats what i learned that stuck the most that i didn tknow during this demo:)

  12. R.I.P. Valencia

    There are many different techniques used to make/cook an omelet.

  13. andrea brown

    i learned that you can add anything to omlets

  14. Daniel W

    I learn that omelets is easy and quick to make

  15. Kaleigh Kraus

    I learned that adding milk and/or water helps to make your eggs more fluffy.

  16. Hector Melara

    I learned that two different foods can make add extraordinary flavor to omelets

  17. Chelly T.

    i learned how long yu suppose to cook the eggs and how too make a omlets :)

  18. amber pirkle

    i learned that you can add anything into omlets to make them taste delicious!

  19. Adrea Belcher

    I learned how to beat eggs properly.

  20. bria roberts

    i have learned that making salmon and spinach in eggs were really good.

  21. Avondre Johnson

    There are plenty different creative ways to make omelets.

  22. Brittany Edenfield

    i learned that you can make omelets with any kind of ingredients

  23. Courtney Thompson

    I learned you can add almost anything to an omelete you want.

  24. mallory loftin

    i learned not to cook the omelet to thin or it will not cook right.

  25. Sarah Jeffcoat

    I learned that you dont have to stick with the normal combinations of food when making omelets, experiment with your tastebuds.

  26. Courtney Vasquez

    I learned that you can use almost any ingrediant in your cabnet/frdige to make an omelet.

  27. Maryann Rodriguez

    I learned to make different ypes of omeltes :)

  28. Brianna

    This was the best omelet i ever tasted, i didn’t know you could add green apples to an omelet, AND I’M FROM NEW YORK TOO.

  29. Jessica Craig

    rotate the pan to make sure the egg cooks evenly

  30. grayling

    I learned that you can add several differenet things to an omelet even fruit and other random things.

  31. Brittany Collins

    I learned that you can add different ingredients to omelets to change the texture.

  32. the omlet was realy good! i like the one with ches, but i perfur bacon and susage and chees thas my fav!

  33. aimee

    i learned that you can combine all different flavors and the omelet come out amazing and unique

  34. Emily Cunningham 3rd

    I learned by watching Chef Doug that you can be creative with your food and try new things! I would have never guessed to use cream cheese or apples in an omelet! Next time I won’t be afraid to add new things in my foods that I cook!

  35. Whitney Hobbs

    I learned there are several ways to make an omelette taste amazing, such as using cream cheese, smoked salmon, and spinach.

  36. Kori Howard

    I learned how to make many different omelets and how to combine different foods to make a great outcome .

  37. Catie M 3rd

    I learned that you can put just about anything in an omelet.

  38. Morgan Woods

    I learned you can add almost anything to an omelet you want.

  39. Sydnrr

    I learned that you can put slamon in an omlet.

  40. jamile holmes

    I Learned that there are many different types of omlets that you can make.

  41. olivia4thalbanese

    i learned to use 2 ounces smoked salmon in one of the omelets! you can also use anything you desire in your omelet

  42. traviis platt

    i never knew you could mix the food together like he did.

  43. arkell

    I learned that you can make a variety of olmets just by adding in meats, veggies and even apples. Who would of known apples would have tasted good in an omlet.:)

  44. Jorman Gonzalez

    i wasn’t here that day, and it looks like i missed out on a good day, the omlete looks delicious!

  45. nicholas paul

    I learned that you can add many tasty ingredients to an omelet.

  46. Rebecca Davenport

    I learned that you can add almost anything to an omelet.

  47. maeghan d

    i learned that smoked salmon is AMAZING : ) and i learned you should rotate your pan to make the crust of your omelet

  48. T. Foster

    i learned different combinations for omelets.

  49. Ashley

    i learned that you can put alot of things together and it’ll taste so good

  50. Anna Acker 4th Period

    I learned how to make different types of omelets and that there’s different ways to make them.

  51. Morgan Barnwell 4th

    i learned that you can make many odd omelets, and include things such as salmon or whatever else.

  52. madison hayes

    i learned rotate the pan to make sure the egg cooks evenly

  53. Raenah B. 4TH

    I learned that you only need 2 eggs to make an omelet.

  54. Antione A.

    i learned that your tounge is like a pallet to help with flavor tasting. and smoked salmon with spinach in an omlete is amazing.

  55. morgan

    i found it very interesting all the different flavors he combined.

  56. Jackie

    I learned that almost anything can go in an omelet, i never thought that apples could go in eggs, and actully taste good.

  57. jacob tatum

    jacob tatum 4th period 5-20-12.I learn that you culd make a cake into different shape. Great job mrs. lupo.I learn a lot from that blog than you very much.

  58. Morgan Jones

    I learned that if you add 2 onces of smoked salmon to an omelet that it make the omelet very delicious

  59. Melijah

    I learned that you can add anything to omelets.

  60. Chelsea Tidwell- 4th period

    I learned that when you make an omelet you have to stir the eggs around in the pan and let them cook a little to form the omelet.

  61. Olivia Walker

    I learned how to make the omelet the correct way by rolling the egg around the pan.

  62. Katherine Lackey

    I learned that you can put many things in an omelet and they are quick and easy.

  63. Kayla Williams

    I learned that you have to rotate the pan to make the egg cook evenly.

  64. audrey carroll

    I learned you only need 2 eggs

  65. nikki burns

    i learned that apples actually taste good in an omelet.

  66. Payton Horton

    This was a very interesting and fun demo, I learned how easy it is to make omelets (every time I used to try they would mess up) and that the list is endless in the things you can put inside them.

  67. T. Alston 3rd period

    i learned that you can use whatever you want in an omlet. experiment and see what you like.

  68. Sydnee 3rd Period

    I learned that you can put man different things on a omlet that some people wouldnt even consider. For example, Salmon!!!

  69. frederick welch

    i learned that omelets are quick and easy to make and that you can add almost anything to them.

  70. evan foerster

    During this lab i learned that combining different flavors can have a delicious outcome.

  71. Alana oliver

    I learned you can add almost anything to an omelete you want.

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