Wednesday's "In the Kitchen" contestant was Chef Mauro Mafrici. He is from Pelago Restaurant and has been a chef for 39 years, specializing in Italian.
We set out Alessi products that must be used, one protein and some kitchen staples - then Carol worked her magic.
Our friends at Alessi also sent Chef Mauro home with a gift basket of goodies.
Visit their website for all the Alessi products: http://alessifoods.com/
Alessi and Tony's Fresh Market also a surprise for our viewing audience. Until 1:30 a.m. Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017, visit the main page of windycitylive.com, click on promotions and go to the WCL Grocery Instant Win contest for your chance at winning one of these great prizes:
$100 gift certificate to Tony's Fresh Market
$175 Alessi gift box
And you can opt in for a free package of Alessi Beets & Spinach Farro.
Plus one lucky member of our studio audience went home with the Alessi basket of goodies AND a $100 gift card to Tony's Fresh Market!
For locations of Tony's Fresh Market, visit: https://tonysfreshmarket.com/
For more on Chef Mauro Mafrici and Pelago Restaurant, visit: http://www.pelagorestaurant.com/
WATCH: CHEF MAURO MAFRICI COMPLETES "IN THE KITCHEN" CHALLENGE
CHEF MAURO'S RECIPE
Pasta alla Melanzane
1 lb of Alessi Organic Rigatoni
1 lb Alessi Autentico Pomodori Pelati con Basilico
2 local eggplants
A bunch of basil
1 teaspoon of Alessi Autentico Garlic Puree
Alessi Autentico Premium all Natural Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Alessi Tip n' Grind salt and pepper to taste
2 Mozzarella ovoline (cut in cubes)
In a large sautee pan add two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and the garlic puree at medium heat. Right after add the can of tomatoes cut into pieces and a few leaves of basil. Season with salt and pepper and cook over low heat. When the tomato starts to thicken, remove from heat, pass it through a sieve and set aside.
Wash and cut the eggplants into cubes. Then fry them in plentiful oil and place them on absorbing paper towels. Cook the pasta al dente, mix it with the tomato sauce, the eggplant, the mozzarella and some fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle freshly grated pecorino romano.