Riverside native Ben Cook is not only a master brewer — and that’s official, after he completed a specialized course at UC Davis — but he can now add master businessman to his resume.
Cook, 29, was named emerging entrepreneur of the year at last week’s Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. The annual honors, presented by Cal State San Bernardino, recognize the Inland region’s top business leaders in eight categories, picked from more than 100 nominees.
I’ve been catching up on the weekly Working Class Foodies video podcast lately. Hosted by siblings Max and Rebecca Lando (along with Humphrey the dog), the show is an entertaining combination of frugal cooking, fresh ingredients, informative techniques, humor. Cool camera work as well. Definitely recommended.
The latest video is all about Beeramisu, a no-bake Thanksgiving dessert.
One of the brewers at our local brewery, Hangar 24, has just won top honors in the world for the prestigious JS Ford Award. And given how good their beer is, I am not surprised. :)
Kevin Wright was a passionate home brewer a few years ago, then went through the UC Davis master brewer program. Afterwards, he took the test held by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in London:
The test is 12 hours long and is taken in three parts over two days – eight hours on the first day.
“It’s an extremely difficult test – I took it myself,” said Hangar 24 owner Ben Cook. “It really tests your knowledge. Only a small fraction of brewers take that test and you go through accreditation just to take (it).
“You sit in the exam with people from all over world. He scored best in the world for that exam.”
As usual, 101 Cookbooks comes up with a spiffy recipe to try, “Hummus en Fuego”, that turns out very tasty. I used canned garbanzo beans and a larger clove of garlic (skipping the olives and cilantro garnishes). Very tasty, and a great way to get some vegetable matter.
One from last week that looks interesting is “Berry Beer Baked Beans”, though I expect I’ll try a variation with regular beer.