A strong mushroom such as porcini, will add greatly to the flavor of mushroom risotto. Risotto is a rice dish and Arborio rice is the grain used. Although there are minimal ingredients, it is important to take the time to prepare it properly to achieve the correct taste and texture. Pour hot stock into hot risotto, this way you avoid a gummy texture. The rice should be a little bit runny, yet each grain should have a firm bite. This dish is well worth the effort.
Nikki operates 24 Prince Restaurant in New York City as the chef and co-owner. Trained for many years in back of house and in front of house operations with great chefs like Jean-Georges, Shaun Doty and Anne Quatrano, Nikki believes a great chef must understand how to run a business as well as possess outstanding cooking skills. She is also a certified sommelier with extensive wine knowledge. Nikki loves not being restricted to any one particular cuisine and experiments with flavors and ingredients from all over the world. She considers growing up in New York to be the best culinary education one can obtain and says her family and friends constantly tease her about how passionate she is about food. Her future plans are to expand her restaurant group with several new concepts.