Embrace the mis en place

IMG_0470January 28 — Chopped Junior winner Claire Hollingsworth says her best tip for prepping is … to play music!

“Prepping can sometimes be the boring part of cooking, however it is THE MOST BORING IMPORTANT,” she admits.

“My dad always taught me, mise en place, which is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place,” as in set up.

Claire says: “It is important to read the entire recipe first so you know what ingredients you need, what needs to be chopped or melted etc. There is nothing worse then starting to prep or start cooking something and then realize you need to chop up an onion after you had your hands in raw meat. I learned this lesson when making meatballs with one of my friends.”