Stephen Lee From The Garden to Masterchef

Have you ever grown carrots and they accidentally went to seed before the harvest? On today’s podcast with Chef and Urban Gardener Stephen Lee we learn a great recipe using those seeds and how he has helped others learn to grow gardens in the city.

Stephen Lee From The Garden to Masterchef
MASTERCHEF: Contestant Stephen and Gordon Ramsay in the all-new “Moo-vers And Bakers” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.

Interview with Stephen Lee

I admitted to Stephen that I don’t watch alot of TV because I’m out in the garden but I did see a few clips from the show and WOW… how can he come up with such amazing dishes under the pressure.

 

chef hat interviewChef Stephen shares “I’m inspired by all the great food….”

Stephen Lee From The Garden to Masterchef
MASTERCHEF: Contestant Stephen in the all-new “Bring Home the Bacon” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, June 24 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.

How did you get involved with urban gardening?

chef hat interview(podcast 2:20) Stephen shares with me how his family use to live up in the Northwest in a rural community – with an outhouse! He use to cell things from the farm at Pikes Market in Seattle.

chef hat interview(podcast 4:20) Stephen Lee shares “Kids running around like zombies …. after changing their diets and eating more fruits and vegetables from the school gardens they actually started to calm down.”

 

You’ve become a celebrity after being on Masterchef, do you find time to garden at your home with your busy schedule? 

chef hat interview(podcast 6:11) Stephen Lee shares “I started growing more perennials so it isn’t as labor intensive… Medicinal Perennials and added more trees to create a micro-climate in my garden and that kind of saved me because I get a great bounty from the food and medicine I grow. ”

chef hat interview(podcast 7:11) Stephen Lee shares on how he deals with the drought in his California garden “I use a lot of composting and mulching and I do permaculture “

Do you have a favorite Veggie you enjoy growing? 

chef hat interview(podcast 7:55 ) Stephen Lee Shares “Wow.. that is hard… immediate gratification I really enjoy growing radishes.  They grow so fast and you can eat them so quick.  I save seeds and all the seeds that go into my garden have been harvested from my plants so they are accumulated to my environment so they germinate quicker.”

Carrot Paste Recipe 

chef hat interview(podcast 9:05) Stephen Lee shares “Let the carrots go to seed and use it in a rub I use on my Salmon.  When you grind the seed it has a super sweet aromatic scent to it….”

chef hat interview(podcast 12:00) Stephen Lee shares “The very first time I used that rub was in the Masterchef competitions in San Diego I did a Salmon, rosemary skewers and rubbed the Salmon with the mashed carrot seeds”

Is there any unusual veggie we should know about to create a Masterchef worthy meal?

chef hat interview(podcast 12:40) Stephen Lee shares “Recently I found something that was interesting to me… I’ve never grown it but it is a native to India called Buddhas Hand. “

** Find out the details on the recipe he uses this unusual veggie in by listening to the podcast below.

Buddhas hand 1.jpg
Buddhas hand 1” by KaldariOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you have any advice to encourage foodie enthusiasts to get started gardening?

chef hat interview(14:22 podcast) Stephen Lee shares “The way I go about life is in order for me to get excited about something I have to believe in it and I have to really want it…Just get a couple of pots and grow a few veggies you really want!”

chef hat interviewStephen Lee recommends in the presentation below to get a good garden calendar so you know when to plant things.  Here is a link to the The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2016 Gardening Calendar

MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestant Stephen and Christina Tosi in the all-new “Moo-vers And Bakers” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.
MASTERCHEF: L-R: Contestant Stephen and Christina Tosi in the all-new “Moo-vers And Bakers” episode of MASTERCHEF airing Wednesday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Greg Gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.

What would you fill the perfect home garden with?

chef hat interview(17:20 podcast) Stephen Lee shares “I would fill the kitchen garden with what we call the soup ingredients… “

MASTERCHEF: STEPHEN LEE. Age: 47Hometown: Palm Springs, CA. Occupation: Urban Gardener. CR: Greg gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.
MASTERCHEF: STEPHEN LEE. Age: 47 Hometown: Palm Springs, CA. Occupation: Urban Gardener. CR: Greg gayne / FOX. © 2015 FOX Broadcasting.

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What veggies would you fill your ideal home kitchen garden with?  I’d love to hear from you so please comment below.

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Bren Haas is the creator of GardenChat which is the first online gardening social community using social media. Her website features gardening tips and tricks, recipes, travel ideas, product reviews, and social media how-to help from her personal and unique experiences.

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