Girl Crush: Davina Thomasula of Fork + Plate

17 November 2013

You’ve met her before, she’s got “it” but you can’t define what “it” is.  She’s inspiring, relatable, ambitious and kind. You want to be her friend, scratch that… you want to be her best friend and in this instance, you want her to teach you everything she  knows in the kitchen and also cook for you.   

Part admiration, part adoration topped off with utmost respect, it’s a phenomenon every girl (whether they want to admit it or not) has experienced = the Girl Crush.

Well lucky for us, this week’s Girl Crush is Davina Thomasula, Co-Founder of Fork + Plate. What I love most about Fork + Plate is the conversational and humorous tone which makes cooking more approachable and fun.  The videos range from novice to expert, but the ones I tend to spend most of my time watching are on the basics. These are the embarrassing cooking questions that you should know but … somehow don’t?  Like, peeling ginger, julienning vegetables and how to poach an egg. She breaks. it. down.

Thanks to Davina, now I don’t have to call my mother or Talia every time I want to cook a meal and/or embarrass myself.

On chasing her dream and her move to New York, “I left the medical sales field to pursue my passion and love for all things food. I’ve always loved to cook, but after enrolling in culinary school I realized I was home and this is what I wanted to do professionally. I’ve worked in various restaurants and fell more and more in love with my creative outlet. I finally found work that wasn’t “work” to me. I knew it existed.  I was oozing with passion, did I say oozing?! Sorry, I was thinking about a lobster mac and cheese I made this summer, so maybe ooze isn’t the right word.  In other words, I had so much love for cooking and food bottled up inside, I had to get it out and share it with the world hence the creation of forknplate.com. My brilliant brother, David Cogen, had the idea to do videos to teach people how to cook while getting them excited about food. Almost as excited as I am. Almost.  We also loved to go out to eat and attending food events, so it was natural to add a section about where in New York you should do these things. I’m living my dream.”

Name: Davina Thomasula, Co-Founder of Fork + Plate
Location: New York, New York
Twitter: @forknplate
Website: Fork + Plate 
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Q: Can you give me a foolproof recipe to make for the slew of holiday parties that are on the horizon? Go easy on me.

A: Rosemary Sweet and Spicy Nuts

  • 1 and 1/2cups of mixed nuts (this works great with almonds too)
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Maldon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (add more if you like spice)
  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread your nuts onto a baking sheet and toast about 10 minutes (careful not to burn so watch closely.) Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss warm nuts into butter mixture and serve!

Q: I’m such a visual learner, so I love all the videos on Fork + Plate, do you have a few favorites?  

A:

Q: Not to make this about me, but enough about you. I’m recently engaged and have to sign up for a registry soon. What are the three must-have tools I need (besides my toaster) in the kitchen?

A:

  • A good chef’s knife
  • A food processor
  • A Le Creuset Dutch Oven (start a collection of these, it’s amazing cookware and beautiful kitchen pieces)

Q: Finish this sentence: Cupcakes, Cronuts….

A: Calories!

Q: Speaking of, what food trends do you wish would die?

A: None, I actually love food trends it gives me something to write about. They usually fizzle out before I get super sick of them.

Q: What’s your go-to cocktail?

A: During the winter it’s an Old Fashioned with Bulleit Bourbon. The type of glass and the size of the ice cubes is also really important to me. Has to be just right.

Q: What’s your best meal? 

A: Thanksgiving every year, there’s nothing like updating the classics and cooking with my family.

Q: What questions do you get asked all the time?

A: “What should I make tonight for dinner?” That’s what Fork + Plate is for!

Q: Favorite places to dine in NYC:

A:

Q: Whats next for Fork + Plate?

A: Take over the online culinary world and be the go-to resource for people who are food obsessed!

Now get cooking!

PS: Have a foodie in your life? Check out Fork + Plates holiday gift guide.  Bacon of the Month Club? Bingo.