Monday, April 19, 2010

Filming Fun: Panamania

Saturday we had fun filming the Panamania episode with Chef Ana Victoria Mas.  We first met at the Embassy Chef Challenge.

Ana Victoria Mas is currently working as the Head of Protocol and Events, and Head Chef at the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in Washington D.C.  She graduated in February 2009 from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park NY with a major in Culinary Arts. Right after graduation she performed her Optional Practical Training (OPT) in Frank Ruta’s renowned Palena Restaurant in Cleveland Park, Washington, D.C.   

Before starting at the CIA in Hyde Park, NY, Ana worked at  Twist Restaurant in Panama City as a Chef Trainee and also worked in a catering company called La Petite Cuisine as a Bakery Supervisor.   Ana is 21 years old and was born in Panama City, Republic of Panama.

About the episode: 
As a land bridge between two continents, Panama possesses an unusual variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs that are used in native cooking.  Join Lauren and special guest, Ana Victoria Mas, to learn how to make Shrimp and Fish Ceviche with Pixbae, Sea Bass (Corvina) with Yucca Strings, Mojo Sauce and Avocado, Fried Plantain Gnocchi with Cilantro-Basil and Cashew Pesto, and a Panama Red cocktail.  Tune in Soon!

 Photos by Tyro Beatty

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