To sum it up 2018

Hello everyone!

I just logged in and I can’t believe it’s been three months since I last blogged. Time can really fly during the off season.

I thought I’d kick off the new year with a recap of 2018. What an amazing year it has been. Taking risks, trying new things and learning and becoming a part of a new community and organization has changed my whole outlook on my career and purpose.

In fact, it has been almost exactly a year since I made the decision to join the Philadelphia Fusion as the team Chef and move to Burbank, CA. You can read all about that in detail in one of my earlier blogs titled Amuse Bouche.

Since that time I have created some fun exciting food for the team, built new relationships within the organization and learned more about esports on the whole. The biggest event of my year was the experience in New York. I never thought I’d travel there, let alone be standing in an arena surrounded by some of the most welcoming people in the world. It was thrilling!

It was humbling to see tweets like this where someone snuck a photo of me chilling Waiting for the match to start! It was also pretty amazing to meet the fans, have brunch and other random encounters in the “big apple”. Check out this rad collage someone made! Tweets like this really make my day.

Collage tweeted by @eatmyhands

I love seeing the experiences everyone in the community is having and I am incredibly blessed to be a part of it!

After Overwatch Season 1 came to a close, I wasn’t sure what to do next! I was invited back for Season 2 and the thought of rejoining the restaurant or corporate world didn’t align with my heart so I kept with the spirit of just doing whatever was right in front of me!

I cooked for a few different retreats, did a little meal prep for some friends, and I set out to make some new friends going to beach parties, game nights, club events and even took a trip to Las Vegas for a week. I also made a cake or two.

And then there was BlizzCon! Finally I could reconnect with my esports family. I was so lucky to tweet and meet Adam Wozniak with Blizzard Entertainment. He helped me purchase my ticket to attend BlizzCon and even invited me to tour the Blizzard entertainment complex where all of the magic happens.

Here we are!

Words to live by

Usually not a frappe girl, but I couldn’t resist this masterpiece

Meeting Adam and touring with him was refreshing. He is so informative about the ins and outs and all together an exciting and amazing guy. I love how passionate and knowledgeable he is about what he does and it really shines through.

I was able to tour the library, learn about the archiving of books, games, props and art. I toured some of the offices, health and wellness area, the main headquarters where they monitor all gameplay activity, and of course the cafe where I had a special treat.

Being away from OWL for a few months put me in a state of limbo, however this tour combined with Adam’s enthusiasm gave me just the energy charge for BlizzCon that I needed.

Cosplay fun
Chef Moira comes to life

Food truck food!
Just look at that hot dogger

One of the first new people I met @clonejet from Minnesota

Reunited from New York!

There was so much to see, do and eat! I did spend a lot of my time in the Overwatch arena cheering on Fusion players individually in the World Cup finals, which definitely was the highlight of my experience!

@squashmoen stealing the show

Let’s go @carpe_ow
Congrats team South Korea on the gold

My favorite snack during the World Cup Games

I took away so many fond memories from this experience and I’m forever grateful for this community…..

Back to business with the Fusion as we gear up for Overwatch Season 2!

Keep checking into see recipes from the Fusion House. Feel free to comment and ask for anything

in particular you would like to see!

~Chef Heidi

Chef collage…. Overall Overwatch has made me way more fun!
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Amuse-bouche

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” ~Julia Child

Welcome to my personal blog everyone. I have been so blessed over the last year to work with the professional esports gaming team The Philadelphia Fusion in the first season of the Overwatch League.

This season has brought me so much excitement. I have learned about the vast world of esports and specifically the game Overwatch. I have learned more about myself too in just a few short months working with the team.

There has been a few interviews and articles about me throughout the season, however I’d like to provide you all with a first hand experience into what it has been like for me joining the Fusion as the first private chef in the league.

Let us start with the story of how it came to be….

You guys, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make and hone lasting connections in this word for your career, your personal lives and through your family. Connections keep us rooted in the grown as well as provide branches for us to grow on. That’s how it started for me. Well over a year before I knew about the esports world I met a fellow chef who would then become instrumental in my introduction to the Fusion that would change everything I thought I knew about my profession. When I met chef Gregory Adams I was in a hallow place in my life and my career. I knew that I wanted a different life. A life I would not need a vacation from. A life that I could enjoy and grow in. I love being a chef, but the hours and personal sacrifice had brought me to a point where I would consider a career change that wouldn’t serve me or my purpose. Geographically I was also stunted. I stayed in the area I graduated High school and college out of fear. I feared change for so long and any sense of adventure was consumed by that.

The first thing I did was the opposite of anything I’d ever felt. I sold everything and moved to San Diego. I started working short term gigs with no real plans. I put my faith in the universe and started building a professional network. I took risks, worked hard and with purpose at everything I did, just as I’ve always done.

I remember the day I got the call from Chef Gregory. I was in LA on a temporary Gig and it was HOT outside. Chef beams through the phone “Heidi, you’re not going to believe this, I’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.” And we go on discussing the details, both of us thinking this was a soccer team of some sort! Shortly after our conversation I was put in touch with Scott, the VP of culinary excellence for Comcast Spectator and we discussed my experience. “I’ve looked at your past menus and I’m glad that you can cook global cuisine, we really need this”. I was ecstatically curious. He explained to me that this team was an esports team that live in a house in LA and they needed healthy global food. From that conversation sparked my introduction to Reston Yoo, the house manager of The Fusion. We set a time and date for me to come to the house, meet the team, and offer samples of food. This was a chances for them to try my cooking as well as an opportunity to get to know their likes. I put out an array of dishes for them to try. You can see some of those dishes below. I was so impressed with the fellas initially. They were all very polite and gleamed with excitement at the choices I’d put forth. I learned two things instantly. Convincing these guys to eat salad will be tricky and they can definitely put away some protein.

Rostov and I hit it off right away and I returned to San Diego in great spirit. The very next day I received the from Joe Marsh (we may be related, not sure), and I accepted without hesitation.

Two weeks from that day I had relocated to Burbank where my journey with The Fusion will begin.

Keep an eye out for The First course guys as I walk you through the my early work with The Fusion.

Harissa cauliflower ready for the oven
Roasted Harissa cauliflower, steamy bok choy
Patatas bravas, garlic and basil shrimp scampi
Korean Beef Bulgogi
Fresh pear salad with citrus vinaigrette
Marinated cucumber salad