Kristian

“My favorite dish is the Arepa, it connects me to my roots (Germany and Venezuela). Also I love the endless combinations that can go into it.”

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Meet Kristian, a food blogger with German and Venezuelan roots

Get to know Kristian in this Shmeal Q&A, then get his “Arepa Pepiada” Monday (1/22) in Logan Square! Follow Kristian’s blog on Insta @kmans_kitchen!

Q: How did you first learn to cook and what’s your cooking background?

Kristian: I grew up watching my parents make great meals, but i was a picky eater back in the day so there was a lot I pushed away. It wasn’t until my senior year in college that I really had a kitchen to work with and began by making the food I missed eating the most, the Venezuelan Arepa. So began my first attempts to cook food and it slowly expanded my horizons over the years. Now I find myself making all the dishes I disliked as a child.

Arepa Pepiada
Kristian’s “Arepa Pepiada!” Arepa stuffed with a chicken-avocado salad.

Q: What’s your favorite dish to cook and why?

Kristian: My favorite dish is the Arepa, it connects me to my roots (Germany and Venezuela). Also I love the endless combinations that can go into it. The arepa is really a tasty vehicle for the stuffings that can go into it. It is great for any meal of the day from breakfast to dinner and even can be created as a sweet desert! This is usually the dish I serve when I host potlucks or dinners at my house. I love introducing people to a food they have never heard before and it is a fulfilling feeling when I watch their eyes light up at first bite.

Arepas
Arepas coming out of the oven.

Q: Who do you think about when you cook that dish, or when you cook in general?

Kristian: I think a lot about my family and the people I have shared meals with. Humans have always gathered around a meal and I find myself reminiscing on memorable meals where stories were shared around the dinner table. 99% of the time I will have music playing and have fun in the kitchen. I find it to be a very mindfully spent time. Whenever there are gaps in time like waiting for water to boil or the oven to preheat I stretch, practice handstands or juggle to pass the time.

reina pepiada
“Reina Pepiada,” a Venezuelan chicken-avocado salad.

Q: Anything else we should know about you and your cooking?

Kristian: I will let my dishes speak for themselves 🙂

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