Hello, May, all dressed up with lush greenery, blooming flowers, and warm breezes that tease us to think…summer! What do I like most about the month? The freshness! Almost everything is fresh, including lighter food fare. So if you have yet to be tempted to try a new seasonal recipe allow me to introduce a true creative — culinary chef Gwynn Galvin and her Swirls of Flavor website.
Chef Gwynn and her many roles
Visit Swirls of Flavor, click on Meet the Chef and you’ll find a welcoming, relaxed Gwynn Galvin. Although she may look like a lady of leisure, that’s hardly the case. Begin reading through Gwynn’s background and take note of her credentials.
Gwynn. Chef. Nutritionist. Brand Ambassador. New Jersey Food Blogger creating recipes to fill your home with fabulously delicious Swirls of Flavor!
However, in reality, Gwynn’s business card is a bit more detailed:
Professional Recipe Developer
Test Kitchen Director
When and how Gwynn’s culinary career began
Of course, culinary chefs with such expertise are not born overnight or are they?
Gwynn’s love of all things culinary began during her girl scout days. A Cooking Badge earned for learning about food in general and how to make scalloped potatoes in particular sealed the career choice. Supportive parents encouraged her passion, allowing Gwynn to create a menu and cook a family dinner once a week. At that young age, she admits to being in her glory by living her joy!
She knew, then, what her dream job was because:
People who work in the culinary field have that passion for food and creativity in their blood. I think it’s something you must be born with! I began my career as a teacher but could not deny my love of cooking and eventually went on to culinary school and launched this career that I am totally in love with.
What inspires Gwynn to add swirls of flavor to her recipes
According to this creative, inspirations come from anywhere and everywhere.
She searches out food trends, imagines tweaks for items on restaurant menus, attends food events, explores cities and their distinctive food, and reads cookbooks.
In addition, Gwynn will see a recipe and think about what is that special touch needed to make it her own and take it to another level.
To do this, she will walk through the aisles at a grocery store or the stands at a farmers market and her mind begins to wander and wonder about the ingredient necessary to make an existing food taste fabulous. And how can she make that personal recipe look gorgeous on a plate
Since we first eat with or eyes, chefs, too, are inspired by the shapes, colors, and flavors of foods.
How many test trials does it take for Gwynn to reach flavor perfection
Would you believe that some recipes are perfection the first time this chef develops them?! Of course, on such occasions, she admits to saying, “Damn I’m good!” lol
Other recipes may require two or three run-throughs with adjustments each time. And, then, there are are those recipes that end up being put on the back burner (cooking humor here) because they have become a problem child and Gwynn needs to move on.
Yet the average time for completing a successful recipe will likely take either one or two trials until it receives the seal of her approval. Gwynn explains this comes through experience combined with instinctively knowing levels of flavors, cooking methods, complimentary flavor and food combinations.
It’s not surprising that this culinary creative tends to be a perfectionist and demands a high standard of flavor and beauty from her recipes.
Gwynn’s artistry is showcased in her role as Food Stylist
Noted above as one of Gwynn Galvin’s many roles is that of Food Stylist. Yes, the individual who has most of us eating with our eyes as we drool over a luscious, photographic dish. It may look easy…simply set up the right lighting and take a picture but it involves much, much more.
Hired by her clients, Gwynn takes the creation of a recipe from start to finish.
First, she comes up with recipe concepts based on the criteria and parameters of the recipe project. Once these recipe concepts are approved she actually develops and writes the recipes out and cooks/bakes them up. And, finally, her food styling art takes place at the photo shoot for the recipes.
According to Gwynn, “it’s like giving birth..from concept to photograph!”
What is the most personally rewarding aspect of being a culinary chef? I believe those framed words come close to the truth but here are Gwynn’s feelings:
“I personally find developing recipes that give people joy to be extremely rewarding. Sharing food around the table with those you love is such an important part of life. I call it “making delicious memories” and that is my hope for everyone who shares my recipes, to make delicious memories that can be cherished through the generations.
My fondest memories are of making homemade pasta with my grandmother and mother and I now do the same with my grandchildren. (I have a homemade pasta blog post coming up at Swirls of Flavor soon where I make pasta with some of my grandchildren!) Sharing my love of food through my recipes is my way of showing my love for others and hopefully spreading delicious happiness!”
Spreading delicious happiness is my cue to do the same. Because what would a post about a culinary chef and her food creations be without sharing a Swirls of Flavor recipe? So how about a Red, White & Blueberry Trifle in time for Memorial Day, Fourth Of July, Labor Day or summer gatherings in general?
M-m-m, you’ll find the recipe here plus a bonus of grilled burger, steak, and chicken recipes for those holiday celebrations.
Swirls of Flavor — jam-packed with almost everything you ever wanted to know about food and drink — is Gwynn Galvin’s labor of love. There’s no doubt this culinary creative is living her joy and sharing it with all of us. To enjoy her past, present, and future deliciousness, follow Swirls of Flavor on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebookk, and Twitter.
By doing so, you will be adding swirls of flavor to your life and — dare I say — becoming known for meals that are fabulously delicious too!