SoupAddict Went to Branson and Fell in Love
Oh, yes, indeedy.
And then one day in November, the very same day this blog was featured on wordpress.com, she got a call from New York saying she was a finalist in that forgotten contest. It was a good day. Which was nice, because it had been a sucky day at work.
Ever notice how good news often arrives just when you need it most?
Anyway, SoupAddict will go ahead and relieve the suspense and say right now that she didn’t win. It’s okay. There were other benefits.
See that cute guy? That’s Sam. He’s the executive chef at Reunion Hall in Silver Dollar City. Super nice.
Now see that other handsome hunk? That one there. To Sam’s right. The one with those sexy silver highlights? His name’s Hobart
SoupAddict has a huge crush on Hobart.
Did you know that Hobart started the line of KitchenAid stand mixers that we all know and love? Believe it, it’s true. Hobart is amazing.
SoupAddict has been daydreaming about all the goodies she and Hobart could make. Bread to feed an army. Sheet pan after sheet pan of brownies, lined around the block. Petit Fours. Laminated croissants so flaky and tender people will come from miles to eat them. And there’d be enough for everyone. Because Hobart can handle it.
(Okay, ladies, Sam’s married, and Hobart’s mine-all-mine, so, keep on a’movin’ right along there now, there’s nothing more to see here.)
SoupAddict has never seen an oven like this. It has 6 long, long shelves that rotate within for even heating and easy removal. (I’m not sure that any of the shelves are visible in this camera-phone photo, but they’re there.)
In a moment of serendipity, I did manage to snap this photo of the eventual winner, Judy (left), asking questions about her prep station. This is about the only in-focus picture I have of any of the contest peeps. Judy’s a total sweetie, and I’m glad she won. To Judy’s right is Donna, the kitchen manager. Awesome, awesome person. She gave one of the contestants a proprietary cake recipe, and made it a point to show me the knife sharpener they use after I commented how wonderfully sharp my knife had been at the very moment I needed a wonderfully sharp knife.
Oh, and on the right is Hobart, my new main squeeze.
Truth be told, this kitchen is fab, with its amazing artisan copper walls and stainless steel accents and white wood. But her heart belongs back in the production kitchen. With her new love, Hobart.