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Scenes from Mckendricks Kitchen

Scenes from Mckendricks Kitchen
I am  so lucky to have such a fine kitchen and such a great staff at Mckendricks steak house. I love to practice taking pictures in the kitchen and today I pulled out a lens that I normally do not use. I thought my Canon EF 50mm f1.4  was only for close shots but I have recently read that it can also be used for portraits. Above is the cooking line in the kitchen. Up front you see Danmon a line chef for about a year or more. Wonderful guy, great attitude and just a great guy  to work with! This is Jacob caramelizing a white chocolate and Grand Marnier creme brulee  with sugar in the...
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Roast Beef Tenderloin, A Chef’s Thoughts

Roast Beef Tenderloin, A Chef’s Thoughts
    I really only did this blog post because I have to keep practicing photography not because I like eating tenderloin . I was stumped on how to write this blog post because I really do not care for beef tenderloin and after I finshed these pictures my wife  fed on this dish for 2 days but I could only bear one bite. Photographing meat is very difficult and I liked the challenge of trying to shoot beef. I have been working in steak houses for the past 20 years and if anyone loves meat it is me. However, I will tell you why I do not like beef tenderloin. I once was working as a chef...
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Charred New York Strip with Sundried Tomato and Blue Cheese Butter

Charred New York Strip with Sundried Tomato and Blue Cheese Butter
I am going to post this recipe because I think it is perfect for the fourth. As you take the sizzling charred New York strip off the grill, top it with the sun dried tomato  butter and watch it melt over the steak. I tend to use lots of charocal  with dampened wood chips in order to get the grill as a hot as it can and impart the flavor of a great fire . I really  don’t like using gas grills because they don’t get as hot and as charcoal and the don’t impart any flavor. Use a  light amount of good olive oil on the steak and then season with a good amount of kosher ...
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Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp

Charred New York Strip and Roasted Garlic Shrimp
Two new photos that I really don’t like, but these dishes are fantastic if cooked correctly and  the pictures are taken properly. The pictures are terribly off. I got so caught up in all the functions in the “M” mode ( manual mode) that I actually have no idea what I am doing. This will get better. Since purchasing my camera, the Canon Rebel EOS XSI,  I have taken one class and really thought I new what I was doing and as you can see I need work. So what to do! I guess more classes are in order. I don’t need a photographer and a food stylist. I want to learn to take...
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Wagyu: In Search of the Best Steak

Wagyu: In Search of the Best Steak
Since returning to Mckendricks Steak House in October of 2007 I knew I had a lot of work to do. I wanted to transform Mckendricks, return Mckendricks to one of the best steak houses in Atlanta. I wanted to bring Mckendricks to a new level, a level I could not even imagine. I did not know what the outcome would be or what the end result might be but I knew with my determination, ambition and years of knowledge I could bring Mckendricks to a new level. I new this would take time and didn’t care how long it took, I was just very eager to start my journey. There were three elements to my...
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