Hello My Name Is… Thomas Tennant, Chef de Cuisine

After almost three years working for Michael in the Design District, Thomas Tennant set his compass southbound and landed himself a gig in the Cayman Islands.  Heading up the kitchen at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman, Thomas is responsible for menu creation; management of the kitchen staff; ordering; how dishes get plated; expediting dishes at the window; and leading pre-shift meetings.  And if you want to know how committed he is to cultivating the Michael’s Genuine mission on-island… well… just ask Zelma-Lee Ebanks of Willie’s Fresh Fruit and Juices, Patrick Panton of East End Garden, and the rest of his local suppliers. Or check out his frequent MMSes, below!

Name: Thomas Maxwell Lord Tennant

Position: Chef de Cuisine of MGFD in Camana Bay, Grand Cayman

Childhood ambition: Tennis Superstar and Chef

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Cheese of the Week: Nocetto di Capra

Nocetto di Capra (cheese of the week/9)

Sous chef Matt Hinckley is focused on cheese, as he should be.  Matt curates our cheese of the week program, which Michael deliberately designed to get to know one cheese at a time.  Really well.  It’s about the process, from its selection and proper storage to plating with the right accompaniments and beverage pairing. It all adds up to a special weekly service in which the customer should be able to taste the care and attention put into it.  This week’s selection is delightful.
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Video: Phillis Wheatley Elementary Students 86 MGFD Salad @ Back to School Night

Thrilling.  Inspiring.  Smile-inducing.  One can’t help but grin when bearing witness to a child’s excitement about something… anything…  But especially when that something is salad. And especially when it’s not one, but a school full of them!

Such was the case last night at Phillis Wheatley Elementary in Overtown.  As mentioned yesterday, its gracious Principal Catalina Flor invited us to present with Roots in the City our plans for a healthier, fun school year revolving around its Edible School Garden.  The result was a success!  Maggi from Roots in the City was able to collect some 20 names and contact information of parents interested in Planting Day for the garden — and we met some City Year Miami participants motivated to help.  All the makings of baby steps toward positive change.

A big thank you to chef de cuisine Bradley Herron for pulling together such a gorgeous salad on a moment’s notice!

Chefs Move to Schools in Miami: Michael, Roots in the City & Phillis Wheatley Elementary

With the help of Roots in the City grower and project manager Maggi Pons, we met a few weeks ago with Principal Catalina Flor of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown to see how we might all work together to activate Chefs Move to Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids in America. Chefs Move to Schools engages chefs to help teach students and parents about nutrition, and making balanced and healthy choices.

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