PS Seasoning is excited to announce the addition of Corporate Chef Jed Hanson to its culinary team. With over 11 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Chef Jed's background ranges from fine dining to Italian, and most recently, BBQ.
A Wisconsin native, Chef Jed graduated culinary school with top honors and began his career at Milwaukee's Hotel Metro Cafe. From there, Chef Jed's career has spanned from pizza to supper clubs and fine dining, most notably serving as Executive Chef for Harley Davidson Museum and Thunder Bay Grille.
Tell us about your background. How did you get into cooking?
I was born and raised in the Milwaukee area. I grew up cooking with my mother. I was a bit of a picky eater as a child and my mom figured that if I helped cook the food, I would be more inclined to try it. This worked quite well throughout the years as I learned more and more family recipes from her. I eventually took this to the next level when I started working at a restaurant and entered culinary school in 2006.
What is your best food memory?
This ties into the last question. To this day I work some old family recipes into features that I make for menus and special events.
Who are your cooking heroes?
One of my favorite chefs is Chef Ming (Ming Tsai). I think he has a really great tone and voice of reason when it comes to explaining food, cooking processes. He has a real genuine passion for good ingredients. Also, his knife skills are amazing and fun to watch.
Do you have a favorite kitchen hack or tip?
Salt everything! Salt your water when boiling/blanching anything (enough salt to make it taste like the sea) Salt your rice when you cook it. Salt your salad, even with dressing. Salt your egg wash. Salt everything
Favorite back-pocket meal?
Stir Fry – Stir fry can be whatever you want it to be. Most people have a few left-over vegetables, some rice and some soy sauce in the house. You don’t even have to go to the store for any special ingredients. It’s easy
What are you doing when you’re not cooking?
I have 4 dogs, so I spend a lot of time with them. I like watching guilty pleasure type TV Shows with my partner Andrea. Andrea has two teenage boys who are with us half the time, so we have a lot of family movie nights. I also play/record music when I have time, and I recently started playing golf…terribly.
What would be your last meal?
Might not be very fancy, but a Solly’s cheeseburger and fries, with a chocolate malt. Dad used to take me there as a kid and it is an amazing gluttonous meal.
Any seasoning or spice you can’t live without?
Does butter count? If not… still butter