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Orange County's Young Chef

Joey Fatone joins young chef, Jake McPeck in his own kitchen to make one of his crowd-pleasing signature dishes and quickly finds out this guy's culinary skills are well beyond his years. From Uncle Curtis' special summertime cocktail, Jake's mouthwatering chimichurri beef, and his mom Lori's strawberry torte, you'll learn how to put together a meal that is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.
Jake McPeck has been watching his dad in the kitchen since he was young, and at 16, he decided to try and fulfill his father's dream of being a chef. He's worked in several large restaurants and is taking culinary classes, but today, he's showing us how to make an easy but delicious meal for a dinner party.

"When I started college, I took a bunch of classes and culinary was one of the classes," says Jake. "I just fell in love with it and now it's an everyday way of life for me."

Jake and his family invited Joey into their home to show off their skills. First, the family whips up a refreshing cocktail with Tuscan melon and ouzo. Tuscan melon is similar to cantaloupe, but is sweeter and juicier. It's generally available for a short season in the summer. Ouzo is a greek liquor with a distinct licorice flavor and a very high alcohol content.

Next, Jake and Joey start working on a marinade for the beef chimichurri. Jake talks about the importance of having a sharp knife and how a sharper knife can actually reduce your chances of cutting yourself because it reduces error and it's easier to use. He uses a knife sharpening stone to sharpen his knives every single day.

Jake's recipe for beef chimichurri came from working at a few restaurants and experimenting on his own. It's now a family favorite, often requested for parties and get-togethers. He uses beef tenderloin for a tender juicy steak dish. To complement the dish, he makes a charred three onion sauce for dipping.

Jake's mom Lori shares her recipe for a no-bake strawberry torte. The recipe came from her own mother, and is her go-to recipe for summer gatherings. Lori is nervous in front of the camera, and she accidentally says "crapper" instead of "cracker" when describing the crust, which makes everyone giggle.

Last up, Jake makes a broccolini side dish, which he blanches and then sautes. To put it all together, he plates the dish by adding the beef to the top of the mashed potatoes and a side of broccolini and dipping sauce.

The family and Joey tries the dish together, and Joey loves it. He especially loves the onion dipping sauce, which he says would be good on almost anything.

"You're only 23, and you're cooking like this," says Joey to Jake. "I can't wait to see what other culinary things you're going to do."

Segment 1
This light refreshing cocktail is perfect for summertime.
Melonhead Cocktail
This light refreshing cocktail is perfect for summertime.
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Segment 2
Beef tenderloin with a flavorful herb marinade makes for an easy and delicious main dish.
Beef Chimichurri
Beef tenderloin with a flavorful herb marinade makes for an easy and delicious main dish.
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Segment 3
This delicious sauce contains three kinds of onions and makes a delicious dipping sauce for meat.
Charred 3 Onion Sauce
This delicious sauce contains three kinds of onions and makes a delicious dipping sauce for meat.
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Segment 4
These flavorful mashed potatoes go well with any main dish.
Cheddar Garlic Mashed Potatoes
This flavorful side goes well with any main dish.
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Segment 5
This no-bake strawberry dessert is great for making ahead for a summer party.
Easy Strawberry Torte
This no-bake strawberry dessert is great for making ahead for a summer party.
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Segment 6
Broccolini is similar to broccoli, but it has longer thinner stems. The vegetable is bit sweeter with notes of broccoli and asparagus.
Steamed Broccolini
Broccolini is similar to broccoli, but it has longer thinner stems. The vegetable is bit sweeter with notes of broccoli and asparagus.
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Behind-the-Scenes Photos: Young Chef in Orange County
Behind-the-Scenes Photos: Young Chef in Orange County
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