Monday, February 6, 2006

Young Miami Chef Doesn’t Whine About Her Career

MIAMI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A 21-year-old chef certainly has no reason to whine about her career.

Miami-based Adrianne Calvo is barely old enough to drink but she has already cooked for the United Nations; has her own line of culinary products and she’s just released her first cookbook, Maximum Flavor (Ex Libris).

She also may be the youngest wine expert around. She got her sommelier license in culinary school at age 20 – just shy of the legal drinking age.

Don’t worry: Calvo insists she wasn’t breaking any laws. She explains, “You do have to get your parents’ consent,” and that the course involves a lot of sipping and spitting.

Calvo admits she’s done a lot career-wise in a short period of time, but figures, “I always had this drive. I’m like a motor running. I don’t like to sit around.”

She says ideas for recipes come to her in the shower, in the car or on long plane rides.

One of her current food faves is a caramelized fig and green tomato salsa. She jokes, “You can add a little rum...if you’re 21.”

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