My grandmother. Every time I go to her house she cooks me something different. I usually sit with her while she cooks to catch up, while also watching her every single move as she maneuvers around her kitchen cooking all types of meals effortlessly. She also taught me the importance of sharing food with others and that really gave me a strong passion for food and cooking.
Turkey chili. It really allowed me to understand how to properly balance the amount of spices and the combinations I put into food. I use this self control while seasoning in everything I cook. Mastering this chili also taught me when to stop seasoning food so I can let the other ingredients speak for themselves.
My favorite thing to cook would have to be my signature dish, etouffee. It's a great base to add anything you like and it's versatile enough to make anyone like etouffee. I like trying different variations like shrimp and chicken or crawfish and andouille aausage. I'm drooling just thinking about it!
I learned all kinds of things at MasterChef, such as the importance of plating and presentation, how to run a kitchen, how to lead other cooks, and most importantly, how to move like a chef in the kitchen. That's why I can now proudly call myself a chef and not just a home cook.