Chef Anthony LoPinto, a gourmet chef from New Jersey, came to the #HipNJ studio and prepared a dish for the upcoming holiday season.
“What I’ve noticed in years past is that people spend so much time in the kitchen and not enough time at the table” LoPinto said, “so, I’m trying to bring people back to the table.” This is a goal that LoPinto has set for himself. He loves making food, but he loves the aspect of family around the dinner so much more.
LoPinto prepared a roasted squash using ‘hasselback’, a cooking technique that entails cutting food without going all the way through. Lo Pinto used wooden chop sticks to make sure his knife didn’t completely slice the swash. This is the beginners way to ‘hasselback’ the squash. It’s super easy to do!
Afterwards, he seasoned it with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Later he added some maple syrup, herbs, seeds and cranberry sauce.
“You’re getting the whole nutritional aspect of the plant,” LoPinto said. “Every single plant has a different focus for us, in our wellness and our health.”
LoPinto has been a chef for 38 years, according to his personal website. He studied at B.C.C. Hotel and Restaurant Management and The Culinary Institute of America for Culinary Arts. He currently works at Grato, an Italian restaurant located in Morris Plains, NJ.