Author Archives: Edward Nowakowski

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I’m the Chef and Owner of Euro Fine Catering Services Brooklyn, NY, teacher and a champion of European cuisine; I am teaching and mentoring many of professional chefs and food enthusiasts. I was teaching in L’École Culinaire of Memphis, conducting culinary classes in ACF Chef’s Association as well weekly cooking classes for House Wife’s in some other social organization

I just re-publish the book “Brush with the Edge of Time and Profession” My book describes an incredible genuine story including details about my mother’s and may life from the time of World War II under Hitler, Stalin era, the communist regime to time of my immigration to US. Book describe also tremendous different between old fashion of teaching culinary trade comparing to new innovated way.

With tremendous respect to the dedication of the books with historical expression of the occurrences and to keep memory of horrible time of the World War II which effected many people.

It begins with my young mother’s experiences at the beginning and during the German occupation of almost whole Europe during World War II, her transportation to Linz, Austria to a forced labor on the farm where she meets others whose arrival there was under much worse circumstances than hers.  It goes on to describe the difficulties as a worker on the farm, and as a young mother away from family and friends, especially when her son (me) is taken away from her, with rights to visit me once a month only to increased her productivities at work.  After the war, my father (a French soldier who has been at the same farm) returns to Poland from France, and is reunited with Mother and me, his big disappointment with Polish after war political and economical system.

Mother and me, we describes how life was after the war under Communist regime in Poland, and how it affected our lives in respect to school, work as I began my chef’s career, old fashion Culinary Institute in Poland, much different than today’s Chefs students experiences, and life in general.

I’m a the Certified Master Chef educated  in Poland and Certified F&B Executive certified in U S, specialized in all aspects of culinary art, some pictures of my work you will find on my web-site www.chefedward.com

My culinary history includes hotel-restaurant school in Poland, cooking dinner for Nikita Khrushchev, working banquets for General Jaruzelski, Prime Minister of Poland, and Marshall A. Grechko, Soviet east bloc commander who organized the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.

I then describe my journey to the U.S. and the beginning of my career here, along with many funny not English speaking emigrant stories.

Since arriving in the U.S., I’ve worked for many major brand hotels, such as Hyatt NY, Four Seasons Hotel, Registry, Marriott and Hilton hotels. I was hosting twice Vice President All Gore, Lt. General James F. McCall, controller of the U.S. Army, several U.S. state governors and members of Congress, as well as working for President Trump at his project of Grant Hyatt N Y in 1980.

I tell of my second love, Julia who came from Poland to America to be with me, and our experiences as we travelled around with my work assignments which eventually brought us to Memphis Wilson Conference Center.

Last, is the tale of our fight with the dread disease “cancer” which consumed us both, and which finally took my beloved Julia away from me, to let me survived to carry sorrow and grief of losing my beloved lifetime partner and companion.

I can provide you with more information. You may contact me via e-mail chefemn@gmail.com  or by Phone # 347-414-4227.  Book is available on line by clicking on my web-site or Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you very much, and enjoy your reading, I look forward to your review.

My Book

June 1st I had Author interview in one of the biggest BookExpo at Javits Center NYC. June 2nd I had Book signing at same place. It was so nice and pleasant, book signing has been stretched for another half an hour, and I have rum to my car for additional books.   

With great pleasure and deep gratitude I like to thanks my beautiful neighbors Ania and Monika to be so helpful, active and intensify my excitement. That’s was Great !!!  

My book; Brush with the Edge of Time and Profession details the joys and sorrows of a mother and son. Our stories inspire and celebrate the human heart and demonstrate how one can survive even in most difficult of circumstances’, like having baby in labor camp, be separated from your baby and most difficult escaping trip back home with baby in the arms.

Second part of the book express my life journey has taken me from infancy in makeshift quarters above a labor camp barn to an international culinary career of distinction, seized the opportunity for opening several new Hotels; holding key position in many major food – beverage establishments.

Book describe tremendous differences between old fashion culinary institute, way of educate the future ambassadors of culinary field, and new way compacted with huge impact of  technological as well science development in food industries during short edge of time

The book was represented to the move screen writers at FOX Studio last year, as of recently book enter to the Hollywood Treatment for TV series. Hope one day will be activated.

My Book

My Dearest Friends
I would like to invite you to my author interview and book signing at the Javits Center in New York City, booth located on space 2042.
It is one of the biggest BookExpo in the world. It’s an exciting time for me, and I like to share my excitement with all of you, during that time I will giveaway free books with my personal autographing, below is the note from BookExpo.
Thanks, see you there !
BookExpo America Kick Off | AuthorCentrix
Dear Edward,
The BookExpo America and BookCon 2018 this coming 31st of May until 3rd of June is fast approaching!
It is better to be prepared as early as now for this exciting and massive event.
We created a guideline that includes:
– BookExpo America Kick Off and Main Point of Contact
– Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– Where to find our booth
– Author Interview dress guidelines and a sample questionnaire
Here are your schedules for the event.
Interview: June 1st at 9:30AM – 10:00AM
Book Signing: June 2nd at 10:30AM – 11:00AM
We look forward to seeing you there!
– AuthorCentrix Book Fairs Team

Certification for CFBE

Well; have done again, I have privilege to blue the horn with announcement: I was able to renew my certification of Certified Food & Beverage Executive CFBE. So I am ready for next five years to continue highest standards of F&B performance, as always that is my desire. My primary certification was year 2003    CFBE2023 001

Live good eat well

To eat well or serve good food is not so easy task, my customers enjoys my cooking and they keep telling me each time, last time was the roasted stuffed baby pig. I would like to show you what’s taking to make far job, and have customers line-up to make picture first before cutting. I just made four little pigs to be carved.EN076

I need to remove a rib cage, it is not much to be consume on it anyhow, exclude cartilage which because is so young can be enjoyed as crusty crunch. Removing a rib cage and stuffing expends value of meat and let you carve just like loaf of bread, you still will have shoulder and but on the bone to deal with. Whole corpus should be brained with seasoning and salty water for about 2 hours.

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Now they are patted dry and waiting to be stuffed. Stuffing should be your choice; I am using plenty diced veggie, sautéed onion, (never raw onion) garlic, pistachio nut, ground pork tender and prime quality diced bacon (smokedhouse) seasoning, herbs and more.

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As is stuffed could be stitched with a bamboo skewers but I prefer saw up with butcher twain, gives you more security during formatting the shape

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Well ready to go to oven, but I prefers to chilled for at least hour in the cooler before goes to oven and of course after 3.5 – 4 hours of baking in 350°F let rest for minimum 0.5 hr (if you going to serve as a galantine need to be chilled completely) Must be cover with aluminum foil, ears should be fixed with bamboo skewers to keep the shape and protected with foil, if not they will burns up. During the roasting from time to time whole pig should be basted with any bear to make skin nice and crispy at the same time to prevent skin from folding as gets chill even on a carving station.

Whole process will take some time and effort, but if you put some TLC to it you will come with marvelous results and satisfaction. That is what your customers are looking for and you will enjoy.

Sorry if you not enjoy these pictures but not always the thing which look good taste good, maybe vice versa.

Friend – Mentor – my Hero

Dear Friend Rene

Any time you make remarks about me or to me you makes me very special, I am not trying to flattering you but you are my „HERO” many things which happen to me I should be grateful to you for. Just mention a few; take me out of New York in 1983 that was great move, promotes  me to the position of Exec Sous Chef, in Four Season Hotel that was like to open door of carrier for me, even to serve me as guardian; to take me to you home and let me stay some time until I get my apartment, and as I remember when banquet sous chef pull on me (don’t remember the name) you stop him telling him pointing on me “he is not  Pittsburgh guy” There is many more other things you shows me or did for me which inspired me to do same to others, as I become to be chef on my own I always had picture of you in front of me, struggling  like you to be gentle but demanding, work with the staff give them direction and tools before pulling the disciplinary consequences. In addition to that with my personality I was doing many times “impassible mission” which put me way in the front of others (one gold two bronze, two black Geneva, zillion trophies and awards) and encounters me with lot of different peoples-dignitaries; All Gore – twice, Clinton – once, General James McCall, Prime minister of Poland Gen Jaruzelski, even just last year wife of Polish president M Duda. Well we all have from time to time such people in our dining room; most weird about it is; they are normal sometimes humble people but organizers  drive you crazy  most difficult are City officials. Just like you and me we did many things where we can look back on in with pride. Don’t want to take much of your time but just mention young generation of ambassadors of world gastronomy (I was teaching in L’Ecole ) one time I need to hire a chef in the process of the interview we talk about four mother sauces, I ask about Demi Glace his answer was “o yes we getting that from Sysco” Well that’s where we heading to “Prefabrication” even now teaching in the culinary school – institute have different concept, I wrote a lot about in my book.

My dear friend my Hero Chef Rene; Thank you very much for all you have done for me as well and others, your name should be “Stone Written” so nobody can forgot, I hope one day me and you we will work again together in St. Peter’s banquet function serving beautiful angels with Chateaubriand Flambé  11-18-2012 6;26;53 PM11-18-2012 5;44;58 PM

Memphis in Poland fest

Memphis in Poland fest

I feel very honored and privileged to be a part of very special event, which will happen in Poland next week.

I am posting the fragments of the article from „Memphis Business Journal” as well as links where you can read more about it.                 http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2017/05/30/memphis-in-may-leads-to-memphis-in-poland.html

Beside all support I am getting from Polish -American Society, I have to mention Restaurant in Sopot “Kancelaria” which will let me do my all prep and cooking in their kitchen, (it is so generous)

Even as a Master Chef having vast experience my feeling is a little disturbed taking for consideration that the last time I was working in Polish Kitchen was year 1977 . To come to other nation kitchen is always challenge, remember beginning of my work in US kitchen and looking for Cornstarch, I turn my back to the kitchen and tasted Confectioners’ Sugar and Cornstarch to make sure I am not mistaking. Well that was the language barrier I didn’t know the English that time but I never forgot the Polish. I like to put all I have to make success not only for me, but after all I am representing US “BBQ” Well that’s going to be many gatherings with World class chefs like Wojciech Amaro Michelin Star Chef  or Jarek Uśćiński Prezes Stowarzyszenia Szefόw

Two years ago, the Memphis in May (MIM) International Festival honored Poland. In a few weeks, the country will return the favor.

From June 12-18, Memphis in Poland will take place in Gdańsk, and Sopot, a neighboring city.

The idea originated from Ryszard Schnepf, Poland’s former ambassor to the United States. The idea was born while he was an honorary guest at Memphis in May MIM 2015. The Polish-American Society of Memphis is coordinating the event. Next week, a promotional push will begin in Poland that will include five billboards, 5,000 flyers, 30 radio spots and coverage on TVN, the country’s largest media outlet.

The festival will kick off with an inaugural National Civil Rights Museum(NCRM) exhibition at the European Solidarity Center and lectures from Noelle Trent, director of interpretations, collections and education of the NCRM, about the museum.

The event will also include a Memphis barbecue festival featuring Chef Edward Nowakowski, who formerly lived and worked in Memphis; a virtual chess tournament between Memphis’ Douglass Elementary School and Jan Matejka School in Sopot; performances from Rock for Human Rights and Memphis Mix, a blues-rock-soul band formed by Marcin Arendt, professor at the Rudi Scheidt School of Music and a member of the IRIS Orchestra.

The festival will also feature performances from a Polish blues band, Blues Night Shift, that competed in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

The society raised money from its members to make the event a reality, and the event received a grant from the U.S. embassy in Poland. Sponsors include International Paper, which has operations in Poland. Other sponsors are Memphis-based Belvedere Management and Memphis-based Eco Services LLC. Support also came from the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB),

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