Personal Chef Mary Jane Curry
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of spending the day with professional chef Mary Jane Curry. Mary Jane works as a personal chef and although we had never met before, she is the type of person that makes you feel like an old friend right from the start.
We began by picking ingredients in her backyard—and her neighbors yard as well. We then moved to her kitchen to whip up some sample dishes for the photo shoot. This was a great kitchen and even had room for some lighting, a luxury not always available to location photographers. There was plenty of window light, so a large softbox was the only additional lighting necessary.
I got a crash course in preparing ginger crème brulee, icing carrot cake and browning the top of a sour cream apple pie with a blowtorch. I never realized cooking desserts required a welding background. The pie looked great, however, after a quick torching.
The assignment went smoothly, we had a great time together and Mary Jane invited me to try any of the dishes she had prepared. With my usual focus on healthy eating, I dove into the desserts and raced home afterwards on a major sugar high. You gotta love a job with those kinds of benefits.