Charlotte is a veteran in the retail management field, and has worked along with some of the countries’ leading resorts, boutiques and department stores. But, in her free time, she loves to cook!
The Showman Chef Series Showcases Dinner Specials By Weekly Guest Chefs
Amazing food knows no limits. While professionally trained chefs can craft culinary masterpieces that weave unique flavours, textures and diverse ingredients into edible works of art, there are many who are gifted with a natural passion and love for food.
Several months ago, The Showman Restaurant launched their Chef Series, and invited professional chefs and home cooks to showcase their love of amazing food and recipes on the Showman menu, for one night only. To date, there have been several familiar faces on the Chef Series line-up. And, we decided to ask them all the same three questions to learn a bit more about who they are and what motivates them.
Showman Chef Series Featured Dish:
Blackened Snapper w’ Mango Salsa & an Arugula Summer Salad
Charlotte’s featured night has passed, but be sure to visit her IG page to see what she will be up to next.
Q: What excites you most about cooking?
A: The joy of creating something that I can personalize and make into a reflection of my thoughts.
Q: What is one tip that you would share with other home cooks?
A: Don’t be afraid to try something new….. Do it by yourself if you are scared of disappointment, but I do love having a taste-test dummy!
Q: What is one ingredient that you think every kitchen should have?
A: Fresh herbs. Sometimes it’s hard to find them, but with so many farmer’s markets popping up, you can’t make too many excuses. It can be what saves your dish, or what gives it that va va voom.
Also, check out Charlotte’s recipe for Shrimp Scampi, below.
She usually cooks by taste, feeling and eyeballing, so feel free to play with measurements for this simple pasta dish.
Shrimp Scampi (Charlotte style)
Boil your pasta, preferably spaghetti (do not over cook)
Mince fresh garlic and onion
Simmer the garlic and onion in butter and a pinch of salt.
Season shrimp to your liking with garlic powder and Old Bay. Cook separately.
Add pasta to the minced garlic and onion.
Add a really great white wine to the pan and reduce.
Add fresh grated parmesan for thickness and then some additional parmesan cheese from the tin.
Optionally, you can add crushed red pepper.
Add your shrimp and Viola!…. You have a beautiful, easy Shrimp Scampi.
Garnish with fresh basil.