Chef Aaron Flores – GIG Education Conference – Fargo/Moorhead 2011

GIG Education Conference
November 4th, 2011

Speaker: Chef Aaron Flores

Chef Aaron is from Finn & Porter and Embassy Suites Washington D.C. Convention Center.

Started as Sous Chef as Disney California.

One person who has a food allergy, is “worth” 7 other customers. Through word of mouth, etc, they will bring 7 others to the restaurant.

Was the Chef in charge of the beta program for the Disney Worldwide Gluten Free program.

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What they use for GF cooking.

Independent grills, for bread items. Isolated prep-kitchen area for GF that includes pans and tools that are isolated based on allergy. Isolated pans specifically for casein-free as an example. Area is only used for the allergy fee cooking.

I eat what I want Hospitality. Restaurant chain that Chef Flores is starting that will be entirely Gluten Free. (and Cupcakery!)

He’s showing us some of what will be on the menu. Crab cakes, Steak with fried onions, filet mignon on the fire, pear and walnut salad.


In a blender
1 clove of garlic
1 shallot
2 cups olive oil (or canola oil)
1 cup white vinegar
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Blend to emulsify

Optional additions for Chicken
fruit juice

Add chives and use as a marinade for beef.

Talking now, about creating the world’s largest gluten free cake for 1 in 133 (see banner in sidebar). Cakes were baked at Whole Foods and trucked in to Finn and Porter. Started build at 9pm, finished layers and frosting at 5am. 5pm, last piece put on the cake. The head of the FDA attended and admitted to making a mistake. Started the discussion that is ongoing on what the regulations will be to certify for Gluten Free. Guinness world record at 17 feet and one inches.

He and his sun are writing a book, Gluten Free with my Daddy and me. Portion of proceeds to go to GIG kids camp.

Dessert time!

Rocky Road Peanut Bar

In double boiler (pot with hot water, with mixing bowl over top)

1lb chocolate chips
1lb butterscotch chips
1/2 cup butter
2 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2 package mini marshmallows
1 small jar peanut butter

mix until melted. In a pan, line with parchment paper. Put in pan and press down.

You can be jealous now. We all get one!

Thank you Chef Flores!

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