I was invited to participate in this year's Yacht Chef's Show in Fort Lauderdale. Every year, the Boat Show held in Ft. Lauderdale boasts a display of hundreds of yachts from all over the world. This is where the creme de la creme of yacht lovers congregate every November.
Now you want to know- What was I doing there? I met Chef Joel Christy, the executive chef of National Marine Suppliers at the Summer Fancy Food Show in NYC. National Marine Suppliers are the leading distributers of everything yacht related including food & drinks, safety gear, tools, uniforms, water slides, jet skis, and more. Chef Joel attended the Fancy Food Show to select two or three new food items, out of the hundreds that exhibited, to introduce to yacht chefs in his network. Chef Joel left the Fancy Food Show with only two products on his list- Blends by Orly gluten free flour and Fernando Pensato Italian oils and vinegars.
Why did he choose Blends by Orly? Here is how Chef Joel describes his experience. "I was walking around the show when I heard a girl yell out "Try a gluten free cookie!" I thought to myself, o no- not another gluten free product! But I figured, I'll just taste her cookie to appease her and move on. When I tasted the cookie, I couldn't believe it. It was the first time that I tasted a gluten free cookie that tasted more delicious than most non-gluten-free cookies. Then I tried a gluten free bread roll and I was blown away. This is a special product!"
Chef Joel invited us to the show to exhibit our products to yacht chefs that he supplies from all over the world. This event was a peek into how the other side lives. These people have so much money that price tag is no obstacle. They only want the best of the best. Even if there are only 25 bottles in existence of a vintage wine, they want it at any cost.
He introduced Blends by Orly to celebrity chef Adrienne Gang from Bravo's Below Deck. She loves it so much that she baked a lemon pound cake with lavender frosting with Blends by Orly Sydney Blend for her dessert segment of the show.
Blends by Orly was a hit at the show. In fact, the morning after the show, a very respected yacht chef from France emailed Chef Joel specifically to tell him that gluten free cupcakes were the highlight of the evening. It was extremely refreshing for me to share my passion project with other chefs who truly understand the properties of high quality food.