Master chef in-training: Meet Krystal Chaidez

Sophomore Krystal Chaidez cooked one of her favorite recipes that she learned how to make from her father. Pasta with secret sauce is a dish she makes frequently. “Cooking Italian food is a great passion of mine. I hope to become chef when I am older to share this passion with the rest of the world,” Chaidez said.
Photo Credit: Emily Esposito
Sophomore Krystal Chaidez cooked one of her favorite recipes that she learned how to make from her father. Pasta with secret sauce is a dish she makes frequently. “Cooking Italian food is a great passion of mine. I hope to become chef when I am older to share this passion with the rest of the world,” Chaidez said.  Photo Credit: Emily Esposito
Sophomore Krystal Chaidez cooks one of her favorite recipes that she learned how to make from her father. Pasta with secret sauce is a dish she makes frequently. “Cooking Italian food is a great passion of mine. I hope to become a chef when I am older to share this passion with the rest of the world,” Chaidez said.
Photo Credit: Emily Esposito

Sophomore Krystal Chaidez has a great passion for cooking. Although she is not in the Culinary Arts program, she considers cooking to be her ultimate hobby.

Q: What inspired you to start cooking?

A: My dad inspired me. When I was little I used to love watching him cook and once I became old enough, he gave me lessons on cooking.

Q: Why is your dad your inspiration?

A: He’s a chef, so I always loved to help him cook and it made me want to start cooking.

Q: When did you start to cook? How old were you?

A: I started to cook when I was 10 years old, once my dad started to help me.

Q: Is there a specific type of food you like to cook? What is it?

A: I like to cook Italian food the most because I love pasta and being creative with my dishes.

Q: How did you learn to make this dish?

A: It was one of the first dishes my dad taught me to make. When I was little, he would let me push down the edges of the pasta and the next thing I knew, I was making the dish for myself.

Q: Who are your favorite people to cook for? Why?

A: I think my favorite people to cook for are my family because they are always willing to eat my food. I love that they are not afraid to give me feedback, this way, I am always improving.

Q: Does your family have a large impact on your cooking?

A: Definitely, I love to impress them and prove to them that I have a special talent.

Q: What makes your food special?

A: I am able to put creativity in my food. For instance, when I am making pasta, there isn’t a certain sauce that has to go with it. I can just use what I have and still make it taste great.

Q: Would you ever consider being a chef? Why?

A: Yes, because I like to experiment with different ingredients and would love to share that with the world. There are so many interesting aspects of cooking, which I would be able to experience as a chef.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you while you were cooking?

A: One time I was making deviled eggs and I went to put the paprika on the top for a finishing touch and I tripped over my dog and spilled the bright red paprika all over him!