Monti Carlo Makes Banana Bread Muffins
Forks up, Phoenix! Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row present the third annual Pie Social Saturday, November 3rd, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. We've got an all-star line up of bakers making pies for you to taste, and from now til Pie Social, we'll introduce them to you, one by one. We challenged each to make us a dish -- other than pie.
Today: Monti Carlo from Master Chef makes banana bread muffins.
Monti Carlo is not your everyday chef. She's not even your everyday person. From her beginnings in Puerto Rico to her cooking fame as one of the final five contests on Fox's Master Chef, the chapters of Monti's life could easily fill a book we'd all want to read.
But since she has yet to publish a book detailing her life adventures (though she does plan on publishing a cookbook for budget conscious moms) the best way to hear stories of Monti's trials and travels is by joining her and her 3 year old son Danger for a baking session in the kitchen -- which is exactly what Chow Bella did on a recent Saturday.
The directions to Monti's were pretty straightforward. "Look for the pink mid century house next door to what looks like a crack house. There will be a pink bike out front. That's my son's."
Right off the bat, we know our baking session with Monti is going to be full of laughs. While she's made a career in radio as an emcee, Monti has also gotten press for her performances as a stand up comic. And even though she's only been in Arizona for a few months, she's already made her mark.
The inside of Monti's house is cute and tidy, just like Monti, who's clean cut and casual in dark jeans, curled hair, black Ray Ban glasses and pin-up worthy red lipstick. It's late in the afternoon and Monti has just finished moving her younger sister out of the house. Monti is one of 11 children, which is bizarre seeing that she isn't the first chef we've profiled with that same sibling ratio.
"My father was like the Spanish Johnny Apple Seed," she explains. "He really wanted to sow that seed." Monti goes on to say that there are siblings out there there that she's technically related to but has yet to meet.
Her one and only son, Danger, pulls up a wooden step ladder and eagerly helps us in the kitchen. He's talkative and sweet, and you can tell that he enjoys doing this a lot. Monti encourages these experiences in the kitchen with her son. She fondly describes helping her grandmother in the kitchen and hopes to create those memories for Danger.