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The Sticky Toffee Pudding of Your Dreams

Sticky toffee pudding is one of America’s most popular desserts — notable because of its British origins. But imagine it being given an American twist by incorporating bourbon into the mix. This Kentucky slant on the sweet is done with the deft hands of Crisi Echiverri, head pastry chef at Best Girl at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

Drawing upon her upbringing in Bourbon County, Echiverri has created something wholly American on the dessert that originated across the pond in Cumbria County, England. In her iteration, the punch of bourbon is tamed with accompanying ingredients that she’s expertly assembled to create a dessert that isn’t overly sweet, leaving the diner to keep wanting more.

Pastries and desserts like Echiverri’s sticky toffee pudding are borne from her home kitchen, where she and her husband, celebrity chef Michael Cimarusti, love to experiment and try out concepts on their lucky guests. Sounds like a prime kind of dinner invite to me.

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Watch A Michelin Star-Rated Top Chef Master Teach You How To Prepare Seafood

For Chef Michael Cimarusti of the lauded Providence and Connie & Ted’s, breaking down seafood has become second nature at this point. Now when that talent has translated into having one of the few Michelin-starred restaurants in Los Angeles and recognition as a Top Chef Master, then you know that Chef Cimarusti is singular in it.  What’s more, Cimarusti has been an avid advocate for sustainable seafood for quite some time.

So when we had the concept of creating the proper utilitarian video teaching the average home cook just how to properly break down and prep different kinds of seafood, Chef Cimarusti was our top choice to spearhead that tutorial. Helping him run the show is Chef Brandon Gray, culinary director at Cape Seafood and Provisions.

Watch as they drop gems on how to best break down and prepare various seafood like crab, fish, lobster, and shrimp. With a video like this, you’ll definitely be upping your seafood dish repertoire at home.