I have a confession… I’m a huge DUKE basketball fan. I have immersed myself in everything Kentucky BUT basketball. It’s unheard of in “Big Blue Country” but true. I’m a Carolina boy at heart. At my first meeting with Commissioner Richie Farmer, former University of Kentucky basketball player, to revamp the Kentucky Proud platform for the Kentucky State Deparment of Agriculture I point blank asked him “Are you still waiting on the rebound from Laettner’s shot?” He didn’t laugh. For people unfamiliar with the dramatic 1992 UK verses DUKE NCAA East regional final game, Christian Laettner last-second shot won what is claimed to be the greatest college basketball game ever played. Commissioner Farmer was one of the defeated “unforgettable” UK players. Even though we don’t have our collegiate teams in common, we do share a joy in promoting the great food produced in Kentucky. So much that even after my basketball comment Commissioner Farmer made me an Honorary Member of the Department of Agriculture. Come on, you can’t help but love me!
Matter of fact, ever been to the Kentucky State Fair? Seen the Kentucky Proud sign witht the smiling chef? Well, that chef is me. With my signature grin, I searched across the Commonwealth to find the best foods it has to offer as Kentucky Proud’s poster boy. I visited over 100 farms. Met many farmers to see how they culivate their farms. It was and still is amazing to discover the locally made products. From mushrooms to james, Kentucky has a wide range of delicious foods.
When I began working with Kentucky Proud, I was Executive Chef at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Every dish I created I used Kentucky products. During my time at the historic race track, I cooked for various celebrities and most importantly the Queen (not my wife, the other Queen.) Many media outlets wanted interviews. I made sure that each person interviewing me knew two things, my food is the best and I only use Kentucky products. Over 84 million people got the message that Kentucky has great food products. Most would say job well done BUT I’m not done!
Today I continue to showcase the amazing foods in Kentucky as Executive Chef of the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train located in Bardstown. During a three hour excursion, I prepare an elegant cuisine for my classy patrons. In the train’s sepot they take part in my special Bourbon Slurpee. You must come have one! I change the menu each season to highlight the foods that are in their prime. Check us out at www.rjcorman.com/dinnertrain.html or call at 866-801-3463.
Even witht he divide with Commissioner Farmer I was able to deliever a message with food. That Kentucky food if the BEST around. Be Kentucky Proud of your food as much as you are with basketball! You can never lose to a last-second shot with food. Until next time, eat well!