Ezra Lewis

Ezra L.

East Orange, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Ezra Lewis and I am passionate about food and hospitality! I have a wide knowledge base in food and culture. I also have extensive experience across different fields of the industry from working with private yachts, golf courses, hotels, high-end resturants etc. I am excited to share the core skilles I have learned over the last 13 years or so as a professional chef.

Cooking: 101
* cooking methods, equipment, tools and heat control
* butchery ( poultry, fish, shell fish, meat, etc. )
* stove top cookery ( sauté, pan roast, shallow fry, deep-fry )
* vegetable cookery
* meat, poultry, seafood cookery
* long cooking methods ( stews, braising, sou vid, curing )

About Ezra L.

(FUll BOOKED TILL October 1 )

I have been cooking professionally for over a decade. Though most of my experience comes from restaurants I have quite a wide varieties of skill sets from baking ( having worked as a bread baker for 2.5 years ), butchery, deserts, Mediterranean/Middle Eastern, Caribbean cuisine and lots more. I have also periodically worked as a personal chef and private caterer for some of the best in the indusrty ( Drake, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Swedish House Mafia to name a few) during my career. So lets talk about my services and experience, and how they can best suit your needs.

Some of the classes we can focus on together are as followes!

Baking: 101
flour and gluten development
types of grains / flour style
fermentation / starters
hydration percentage
yeast and leavening

Baking: 102
quick breads ( biscuits, banana breads, pan breads , etc.)
flat breads ( fried breads, pizza, grilled breads, crackers, ect. )
batters ( pancakes, waffles, cakes, cookies, fritters, donuts, etc. )
yeasted breads ( enriched, standard, fat rich, etc. )
freeform / crusty breads ( sourdough, rustic, baguettes )
laminated ( croissant, danish, puff pastry, pie dough )

Cooking: 101
cooking methods, equipment, tools and heat control
butchery ( poultry, fish, shell fish, meat, etc. )
stove top cookery ( sauté, pan roast, shallow fry, deep-fry )
vegetable cookery
meat, poultry, seafood cookery
long cooking methods ( stews, braising, sou vid, curing )


Indian cooking: 101
region, spices, origin history, flavor profile
types of curry ( veggie, fish, meat, poultry )
rice types and styles
hand breads ( naan, paratha, roti, etc. )


Italian cooking: 101
pasta ( fresh, dry, stuffed, baked )
sauces ( tomato base, cream base, seafood base, meat base )
classic meat, fish, beef dishes
grains & rice
using Italian principles

Middle Eastern cooking
hummus and tables spreads ( tahini, mahamara, eggplan, vegetable, ect. )
rice & grains
vegetables
kebabs and grilled
seafood
condiments, pickles, cheese, etc.
roast lamb, poultry, fish

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Ryan L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We had an amazing time with Ezra. He was kind and patient with our eleven year old and the food they made was amazing. We are already discussing when we can invite him back for cooking classes with friends.

Posted Aug 23, 2020
Antonia
Profile-location-home Student's Home

A delightful person with amazing baking skills. His croissants are perfectly buttery and flaky at ththe same time. Plus he does a variety of breads very well, including a sourdough with a homemade starter.

Posted May 31, 2020
Aasia
Profile-location-online Online

I've had the privilege to interact and purchase baked goods from Ezra, and they are truly a treat! He's very flexible to work with different health restrictions/aversions, and takes pride in providing quality products. Don't hesitate to take advantage of his expertise!

Posted May 29, 2020
Vanessa
Profile-location-online Online

WOW!

Ezras passion for food paired with is (extremely experienced) knowledge of the culinary arts made for such a cool and innovative experience.

Not only did a learn a few new tricks in the kitchen considering we are all cooking more for ourselves, but I also felt like I could give an amazing dinner party when we can finally get together again.

All around awesome experience and absolutely taking another lesson from Ezra in the next couple weeks.

You've got a loyal student, Chef!

Posted May 29, 2020
Mike
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Had fun, learned a lot . Highly recommend lesson by chef Ezra. He bring a lot to the table ; )

Posted May 27, 2020
Rob
Profile-location-online Online

Ezra is great! I really didn't know much going in, but Ezra was able to take me through show me some basic techniques and gave me some great recipes. He's a delightful guy!

Posted May 23, 2020
Sarah Charles
Profile-location-online Online

Ezra is an amazing teacher! Being able to take classes from a master chef has been a real treat both for myself and my family. He is incredibly knowledgeable, and is able to explain techniques in a very concise way. His thoughtful and engaging instruction starts with basic cooking skills and advances to more difficult techniques. I finally feel comfortable making more complicated meals. He is also very patient and takes time to make sure that you really understand the nuances of preparing each dish. Would HIGHLY recommend his classes to anyone that is looking to acquire basic skills, on up to very difficult dishes. He is a true talent!!!

Posted May 19, 2020

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Experience

Owner/ Chef
Jan 2012 - Present

( Owner Blakkinc ) - Private Chef and catering

2008- present - ( Owner Blakkinc ) - Private Chef and catering for some touring artist as Alicia Keys, Drake, Swedish House Mafia, Kelly Clarkson to name a few. ( Provisioning and preparing three to five meals a day for crew, talent and artist. Stocking artist dressing rooms with necessary items while they’re on tour )

Chef de Cuisine
Oct 2017 - Feb 2020

"The Studio & George Washington Bar" at the FreeHand Hotel in Manhattan NY.

Manage the day to day operations which include room service, breakfast, lunch, dinner and private events for a 300 room hotel in the hart of Manhattan, with a team of an Executive Sous chef and three Sous chefs under my guidance. Other responsibilities are maintaining food cost, labor cost, payroll, all menu development, events and play integral role in the continued evolution and concept growth

Chef de Cuisine/ Executive Chef
Apr 2015 - Aug 2017

“Wallflower” in Manhattan NY.

“Wallflower” in Manhattan NY. ( first as consulting help, which grew into a more longterm position of reestablishing restaurant image and profitability )

Guest Chef for 3 months
Aug 2014 - Oct 2014

The Revolving Door, Newport RI.

Gues Chef running inovative small menu whitch was the most sucsessful term.

Executive Sous Chef / Interim Executive Chef
Jul 2012 - Oct 2013

41 North, Newport RI.

Small Yacht hotel with 2 resturants and large events program, achieving Really & Château status.

Sous Chef
Jan 2008 - Mar 2011

Craft Steak, Norwich CT. (Sous Chef) (Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio owned steak house)

Education

Bachelors in Culinary Arts/ Restaurant Management
Sep 2006 - Sep 2010

Johnson & Wales University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

SATW
Jul 2014

N/A

Saling/Yatch and maritim certification to work on private boats around the world

Awards

Food & Wine
Jul 2016

2016

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