Talking Taste with Alex Thomopoulos

Hey everyone! For today’s “Kat Asks” interview I spoke with my friend Alex Thomopoulos. She is extremely talented and has some fun advice to share with you. She also helped me with my first cooking video on the site! I’m so thankful she took the time to chat with me, I know you’re going to love her! xo

Tastemaker Alex Thomopoulos | Kat Asks

1. How would you describe your “taste”?
Fresh. Packed with flavor, and well balanced. Love super bright clean flavors.

2. Where do you get your “taste” from?
I got it from my mama! She is a fantastic cook and I grew up appreciating good food. I also get my “taste” from growing up in Southern California and being surrounded by beautiful produce all year round.

3. What is your most recent obsession?
I am obsessed with a lot of things: Kale. It’s a problem how much I eat. Also brussel sprouts, Vietnamese food (specifically spring rolls, bánh bèo and vietnamese coffee) Also obsessed with the show Nashville. I am cookbook obsessed as well.

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve when it comes to taste/style?
When chefs cover their food with tons of cheese. It usually covers up mediocre cooking. Also wastefulness and gluttony are HUGE pet peeves of mine. I can’t stand portions so big that it’s impossible to finish, and competition shows that use food for sport. There are tons of people starving all over the world, and I think people take being able to eat for granted.

5. Can you be taught “taste”?
YES! Absolutely!

6. What is really bad taste?
Anything over processed or fake… whether it be food or not.

7. Can you have good taste on a budget? How?
YES! For years I was on a super super tight budget, and I still managed to eat well. The key is educating yourself with a few simple cooking techniques and using the resources you have around you. Learning the basics of roasting vegetables, roasting a chicken and then creating a delicious stock with the left over bones to make soups or steam rice or quinoa. Layering flavors and using flavor packed cooking techniques is the trick. Also buying ingredients that you can stretch throughout the week.

8. What is the one thing every girl/woman should own in life?
For kitchen use: At least one skillet, and one saucepan. For life: a great dress.

9. What is your favorite quote or motto?
I have a couple…. one is my own that I remember as I eat each day. “To eat is a privilege but to eat well is a luxury”. It always makes me stop and give thanks for what I have. Another favorite is “If you want to change the world, change the way you eat” I also have a quote tattooed on my back by Jimi Hendrix “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace”

10. What are 3 things people don’t know about you?
I love country music. I play guitar and drums. I can’t count to 3.

11. Any advice for aspiring tastemakers in your field?
Be fearless. Try everything at least once. Don’t be afraid to rock a pair of kitchen Crocs every once in a while.

12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On a yacht taking a nap. Haha. I see myself having my own restaurant, a couple cookbooks and a TV show.

13. Which living person do you most admire?
Oprah. (duh) Also: Ellen DeGeneres, Connie Britton, Tina Fey.

14. What is your biggest challenge with being a chef and how do you overcome it?
When you work the long hours I do it’s hard to have a social life. Now I set aside at least one night a week to go out to dinner with friends. I realized how important it is to have that time.

15. What does “being creative” mean to you?
In every situation, with every feeling I always ask myself “what else?” Going beyond your first thought or reaction and digging deeper to find something truly unique.

16. What is one thing (a brand, product, website, store, etc) that best represents your personal taste?
I love the motto behind thinkThin bars, they have the best tasting protein bars and I love the message behind the brand. I really admire the stance they have taken on health and body image, especially for women. It’s not about what you see in the mirror but what you feel on the inside. They teach the message of “weight wellness”. If you focus on being healthy and doing what’s right for your body, keeping your vices in moderation, you don’t ever have to diet again.

I used to struggle with body image when I was modeling. I have always had an athletic body, and I never fit right into the sample sizes, I was unhealthy in the way I was going about “being healthy”. My lifestyle wasn’t balanced. As soon as I stopped worrying about what I looked like and instead focused on what I felt like, balance came to my life naturally.

Show Alex some love and check out her website alextcooks.com

Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexThomopoulos

xo,

Katherine

6 Comments

  1. Hi Katherine,

    I love cooking and I try to cook and learn from people, especially my mother.I do not think that only women should learn.
    For example, one of the finest Iranian dishes is kebab(Kabab koobideh،barg،chicken،bakhtiari،shashlik and…)

    good luck,
    Danial

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