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Winner of Your Best Recipe with Horseradish

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Congratulations to Oui, Chef, whose Herbed Beef Skewers with Horseradish Cream won this week's contest for Your Best Recipe with Horseradish, earning him a handsome Wüsthof Classic 2-piece Hollow-Ground Asian Knife Set, with Sharpener from Williams-Sonoma, plus big prizes from VikingOXO and Tiny Prints, and a spot in the next food52 cookbook!



Q&A with Oui, Chef

  • Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking. 
  • Sunday dinners at my Italian Grandmother's house were a seemingly endless feast of great food, love and laughter, all orchestrated and executed by my tireless Nana. I have very fond memories of watching her at work, and occasionally being recruited to her side to help. These days I find I'm happiest when the house is full of family and friends, all milling about and having fun, while I'm up to my ears in it, just like she used to be.

  • What's your least favorite food?
  • I think I have to go with Andouillette sausage. Andouillette, not to be confused with Andouille (which was the mistake I made in ordering one in the first place), is a French sausage stuffed with tripe, or pig chitterlings (intestine and colon). A Brit I know likes to call it "arse sausage", and that moniker pretty well captures the horrific smell and taste of the stuff.

  • Describe your most spectacular kitchen disaster.
  • Years ago, when I first started to cook "seriously" I made a shrimp and pasta dish for a visiting friend who I knew to be a gourmand. I had pulled the recipe from a popular cooking magazine, and there was a typo in it which called for 1 cup of flour (as opposed to 1 teaspoon, or tablespoon which I suspect is what was really required) to thicken the sauce. It seemed odd to me at the time, but I didn't yet have the kitchen confidence to trust my instinct and question the recipe, so I added the full cup of flour to the dish. Ugh....I can still see the look on my friends' face as he graciously choked down that truly inedible meal.

  • What is your idea of comfort food?
  • Almost anything that is cooked low and slow qualifies for me, whether it be a confit or cassoulet, braised short ribs or osso bucco, or a delicious tagine.

  • Apron or no apron?
  • I generally only wear an apron when I'm teaching a cooking class.

  • What's your favorite food-related scene in a movie?
  • The final scene of Big Night

  • If you could make a show-stopping dinner for one person, living or dead, who would it be?
  • I find it impossible to choose between Amanda and Merrill, it would have to be both of them.

  • You prefer to cook: a. alone, b. with others, c. it depends on your mood
  • There are some days when I like the peace of cooking alone, but I'm usually in the mood for company.

  • When it comes to tidying up, you usually: a. clean as you cook, b. do all the dishes once you've finished cooking, c. leave the kitchen a shambles for your spouse/roommate/kids to clean.
  • Every time you ask me this question my wife just about has a stroke. I'm a clean as I go kind of guy...yeah, that's my answer and I'm sticking to it! ;-)

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Comments (24)


almost 4 years ago Bevi

Love that this recipe won!


almost 4 years ago monkeymom

Congratulations chef! I love to see you cooking with your kids.


almost 4 years ago Stacey Snacks

Congratulations on your well deserved win!
Oui Chef!


almost 4 years ago lapadia

Congrats on your win, a great addition to Book2! Your early food experience brings back fond memories of Sunday dinners at my Italian grandmother's house!


almost 4 years ago Midge

I knew this was a winner! Congrats!! Great pics too.


almost 4 years ago Jansgourmet

Congrats! well deserved for a tasty recipe.


almost 4 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Wonderful win. Love the photo of you and your son.


almost 4 years ago cookinginvictoria

Congratulations, Oui Chef! This recipe looks stunning. I am making it next week for my husband's birthday. Can't wait to make and eat it!


almost 4 years ago pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

I salute you brother!


almost 4 years ago TiggyBee

Fantastic. You're pretty cool!!


almost 4 years ago testkitchenette

Well done!!!


almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Oui, Chef. Bonne...something. How do you say well done in French? Well done mon ami


almost 4 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congrats! Such a wonderful recipe & well-deserved win.


almost 4 years ago nannydeb



almost 4 years ago Oui, Chef

Thank you all for your kind words, I am so excited! - S


almost 4 years ago TasteFood

Congratulations *again* Steve - it's always great to see you here! And I'm so happy you like the pizza :)


almost 4 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Yay!! Congrats!


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Such a deserved winner - you outdid yourself here, Steve!


almost 4 years ago dymnyno

Congratulations on a beautiful recipe!


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, Steve!