|Nueske's cookoff finalist|
Tyler Hall: bacon is his
cup of tea.
BDJ: How did you come up with this delicious idea?
Tyler: Inspiration from Lady Gaga's meat dress...seriously. I came up with the idea to do a bacon cheesecake with a friend who is the king of cheesecake, Matt Pettiti. We ended up making five different cheesecakes: Mexican, Asian, Mae Ploy, Breakfast, and Lavender Vanilla. The Lavender Vanilla Caramel Candied Cheesecake won out because of the flavors that we couldn't stop eating.
BDJ: Why do you love bacon?
Tyler: Bacon, of course, makes absolutely everything better. There are very few things that a good pork belly can't make better. I even gave my brother a pork belly to smoke for the holidays this year. Having been to both Baconfest and the Pro Bacon cook-off last year I've learned a lot about the versatility of the product and the respect you should have for it. Still wondering how bacon isn't considered King of umami?
BDJ: What's your favorite way to eat bacon (besides in this recipe, of course)?
|Tyler Hall's Lavender Vanilla Caramel Candied Bacon |
BDJ: Why should you win?
Tyler: I believe I should win so can help spread the idea of bacon as something more. I take things that don't seem like they should go together and make them work. To that end I hope to inspire others to make something unusual and take risks to make something great.
BDJ: Anything to add?
Good luck to the other Cylons and I can't wait to try your creations.