Long Island Chef Lia Soscia Wins Recipe OF The Year Award At National Convention

Chef Lia Soscia, Certified Personal Chef with the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) has taken top honors for Recipe Of The Year during the 2009 USPCA national convention in New Orleans, LA.
By: Home Cooking Consultant
Aug. 4, 2009 - PRLog -- Chef Soscia's winning recipe was a Brasciole (pronounced bra'zhul) dish that she created for her Personal Chef Service clients. "I am always searching for recipes that work for me for my clients.  Often times I find that the best recipes are a blend of two or more proven dishes that compliment each other" Chef Soscia stated.

Chef Lia Soscia is owner/operator of Home Cooking Consultant, a Personal Chef Service operating in Long Island, NY since 2004.  Chef Soscia is a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy which provides specialized business development training for culinary talented individuals.  She is presently the Vice President of the NY Metro Chapter of the USPCA and is also a proud member of Women Chefs & Restauranteurs.

"I was so thrilled to hear about this award from President Chef Gail Kenagy.  For many years, I have been developing recipes for clients, friends and family and even entered a few recipe contests just for fun!  This is the first award that I have received for a recipe from a professional organization of chefs recognized throughout America.   I'm so glad people enjoyed this brasciole recipe that has its origins from cooking with my Italian grandparents for many years as a child.  They would have been very proud, since both my grandfather and father were in the food business selling Progresso products when they first came over to the states in the 1950's and 60's" states Chef Lia.

Judges for this annual competition consisted of professional members within the USPCA.  Chef Donna Mintz of Basil & Barbells PCS in New York stated "My vote is for Lia's Brasciole.  I saw this recipe, tried it and OMG!  It was amazing and although the ingredient list is extensive, the recipe is not very difficult".  "This recipe is one I would and could use for clients. It freezes well, is written for pressure cooker - not my thing, but easily adapts to stovetop or oven" stated USPCA Certified Personal Chef Barbara Converse, owner of Dining By Design PCS in Boca Raton, FL.

Several hundred personal chefs from throughout the United States and Canada converged on New Orleans this July to participate in educational workshops, business seminars and to hear from industry experts on a wide variety of subjects of importance to independent culinary business operators. "The annual convention is primarily a business building and educational event designed to help independent personal chefs strengthen their business and expand their service" stated USPCA President Chef Gail Kenagy. She continued, "Each year we are faced with a huge stack of recipe entries.
Judges spend countless hours reviewing and qualifying recipes.  This decision is not easy.  USPCA members are a creative bunch and always amaze me with their unique talents".

Home Cooking Consultant provides a variety of culinary services such as weekly meal preparation for busy families and professionals; interactive cooking lessons; cooking parties, as well as customized special occasion dinners or intimate parties hosted in the home.  To learn more, visit http://HomeCookingConsultant.com or call 516-826-3169.

To download a copy of the winning recipe, "Chef Lia's Brasciole" please visit: http://homecookingconsultant.com/recipes.html.  Bon appetit!

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About Home Cooking Consultant and Chef Lia

Chef Lia Soscia, is founder and owner of Home Cooking Consultant Personal Chefs services and is a Certified Personal Chef, through the United States Personal Chef Association. She has been cooking for over 30 years and and has been providing the finest personal chef services and private cooking classes on Long Island since 2004. She is a proud member of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA), Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, and the LI Center Business and Professional Women. She has been written about in Chef Educator’s Magazine, Newsday’s Wellness Magazine, and has been published by the GildedFork.com, Cook's Illustrated Magazine and Personal Chef Magazine. Chef Lia is also presently the Vice President of the NY Metro Chapter of the USPCA.
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