Top Chef's CJ Cooks Up Healthy New Breakfast Menu for Hilton Garden Inn
Faithful Top Chef viewers (or dedicated Padma Lakshmi oglers) may remember CJ (Chris Jacobson) as the absurdly tall, absurdly handsome Season 3 chef who -- spoiler! -- was doing really well in the competition until a particularly disastrous "broccolini" dish sent him packing. Of course, his departure was sealed with a kiss by guest judge Anthony Bourdain, who went through the trouble of gently letting CJ know that his dish "wasn't fit to serve in prison."
But still, we know in our heart of hearts that our big tall kitchen-man is an all-star chef when broccoli isn't involved -- and CJ, who was also a pro volleyball player, definitely knows healthy food.
Apparently, the Hilton Garden Inn chain agrees with us because they commissioned him to design some items for their brand new Big Day Breakfast Menu. Ahem, sorry: "BIG DAY Breakfast" Menu.
Check out highlights from the new menu after the jump. Hint: there does not appear to be any broccoli, but there IS brisket.
HGI says the BIG DAY Breakfast (hehe) is supposed to give guests -- their business traveler guests, in particular -- the right kind of energy to accomplish whatever they're doing that day. The foods on the menu are "rich in iron, fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients."
Wait, you mean, like, our normal hotel breakfast consisting of stale cheese danishes and sausage links doesn't have those things? Oh. Huh.
Hotel Interactive served up some highlights:
CJ's Signature Waffle, a multi grain waffle with freshly-made blueberry thyme compote; Great Granola & Flax, a granola and flaxseed parfait with plain yogurt, fresh strawberries and honey; and The Hearty Hash, which is brisket hash with fresh kale, grilled whole grain bread and poached egg served with oven-roasted sweet potatoes.
Yum. The new menu will roll out September 1st, with new items added throughout the year.