It was quite a night, not only did I get to hear about how Christina Tosi "fell" into her career as pastry chef at Momofoku Milk Bar. I didn't have too many details about the event before I got there because Alison just said - keep that date open, you're going and I said okay.
When we got there, it turned out to be a book signing for Tosi's book Milk, and was hosted by Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store. I was lucky enough to have met and sat with Alison's at the opening night dinner for the first Canadian Food Bloggers Conference in April 2013.
So about Tosi, it turns out that you can go from writing a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point to being a pastry chef in 5 short years. Well, at least that's how it sounded to me when she was being introduced.
I was about to run out quit my job because if she could do it, I'm pretty sure I could as well. Thank God Ali - the voice of reason- stopped me from making a mistake.
As it turns out Tosi has been dabbling with food and baking for years. She's a prolific home baker, went to French Culinary school, became a pastry chef, and worked at Bouley and WD-50 before she got to Milk Bar. With my spirits crushed, I sat down and listened to the rest of the presentation.
At Milk Bar, Tosi and her team continuously challenge themselves to transform everyday pantry ingredients, such as cereal, potato chips, and pretzels, into a variety of cookies, pies and sweets. Nominated in 2012 for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award, Tosi is New York's baking superstar.
She demo'd the "dish" that put Milk Bar's sweet treats on the map - cereal milk. Yup it's exactly as it sounds. It's a drink that's made by steeping your cornflakes in full fat milk and seasoning it with sugar and salt. Who knew that New Yorkers would be willing to pay $5 for a 475ml carton of milk made from cereal leftovers?
I've been making cereal milk for years, and god only knows what bloody fortune has passed through my hands. For years I've been giving the thing away - to my dog. It's "our" little treat after I've had my cereal. Well I broke the news to him tonight his free-wheeling cereal milk drinking days were over.
At first he seemed down, but then he was okay with it, if I cut out his cheetos though we might have a problem. Tosi inspired me so I'm off to figure out what I can do with leftover Oatmeal that I can't quite bring myself to eat.
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