"There is no better heat control - from a whisper to a full blown blast to pan sear or quickly boil!"
Jane Butel - Albuquerque, NM
Owner of a Stainless Steel, BlueStar RCS 30" FreeStanding Gas Range
Name: Jane Butel
Location: Albuquerque, NM
BlueStar: 30" RCS Freestanding Range
Growing up in a "Super Cooking Family", Jane Butel always thought she wanted to do "something else" - be an actress, medical doctor or fashion editor. No matter what or how, her career seemed destined to lead to culinary. Her career dictated the opposite - food would always be the magnet!
Her first position out of college, being a Home Economist for the largest utility in New Mexico; where, in just one year, she became Director of the Department and won 7 national awards in 10 years. She gained the eye of Con Edison, in New York City, the nation's largest utility; where she headed their Consumer Affairs operation..then heading General Electric's Consumer's Institute and finally as the first female Corporate Officer of American Express - her career always had a food focus.
However, as the head of Amex Consumer Marketing, the culinary work was less and less primary. She then left to start her own culinary empire, creating Pecos Valley Spice Co. to supply spices for the cookbooks she began writing. Twenty-two cookbooks later and 30 years of successful operation of her own cooking school garnering the "Best of US" from both Bon Appetit magazine and Gayot.com - she confirms - the kitchen was always the place she was meant to be.
Favorite Ingredient and Why:
Chiles, because they add so much sparkle and vitality to dishes. They make you healthier and happier.
Favorite Kitchen Tool and Why:
Very sharp, good quality knives. They save so much time and make cooking so much easier.
Why you chose BlueStar:
I have always had a love affair with the BlueStar burners - working as a consultant for Garland ranges, since 1982 and owning several in homes, cooking schools and my NYC restaurant. There is no better heat control - from a whisper to a full blown blast to pan sear or quickly boil!
Unusual Item in your Kitchen Toolbox:
Avocado slicer gadget
Click here to visit Jane Butel's Southwest Cooking