Posted On: April 12, 2017
Poster Contest Judge: Jonathan Bardzik
Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, author and storyteller based in Washington, DC. Self-trained with more than 20 years in his home kitchen, Jonathan is inspired by the seasonal, local ingredients he grew up with and finds today at the farm market. Jonathan’s culinary passion is to explore those farm and garden-fresh flavors, create food for friends and family, and share his adventures at farm markets and with corporate audiences to help others find joy in their own home kitchens.
Jonathan’s professional culinary career began in 2011 when he started offering weekly cooking demonstrations at DC’s historic Eastern Market. Since then, Jonathan has made more than 250 live appearance in venues across the country, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Geographic Museum. He has developed more than 700 recipes, and has appeared in several video series. Jonathan has published two cookbooks, Simple Summer: A Recipe for cooking and Entertaining with Ease and Seasons to Taste: Farm-Fresh Joy for Kitchen and Table. His third book on vinaigrettes comes out this summer.
What do you love about farmers markets?
“The people, the inspiration and the food. I love seeing the familiar, smiling faces of my local farmers and purveyors each week and finding out what is new or a particularly good harvest. Shopping fresh and seasonally inspires my cooking. I shop the farm market and let the high-quality food I bring home guide my meal planning. Finally, there is no better quality food than the fresh, locally-harvested, seasonal ingredients at the farm market. Don’t believe me? Try them side-by-side with grocery store purchases and you’ll be convinced! Life just tastes better at the market!”