Bacon Mac & Cheese Avocado Egg Rolls with “Mix Master” Michael Perea

Chef Mike makes the most awesomeness Bacon Mac & Cheese Avocado Egg Rolls along with a Mango Jalapeno Margarita!

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Mike Perea
Have worked as a professional bartender / mixologist for 32 years throughout the USA, Hawaii, and Eastern Europe.  Currently working at Guy Fieri Vegas Kitchen & Bar on the Las Vegas strip.
Single dad with one (1) amazing teenage son named Jarek.  Even though I’ve never worked as a chef, cooking for friends and family is definitely my biggest passion.
Enjoy shopping at farmers markets, ethnic grocery outlets , and delis…. always on the lookout for fresh and interesting ingredients.  Enjoy taking classic dishes and putting my own unique spin on the recipes.

Q1 - What’s one tool in the kitchen you wish you had and why?

Gosh.... that’s hard to say, I probably have TOO many gadgets and small appliances all ready. I guess I would have to say I wish I could find a really really good knife sharpener. It’s frustrating when I can’t keep my knives brand new sharp, you know what I mean?

Q2 - What’s your biggest meal disaster?

I can’t recall any big disasters, but I did learn the hard way not to use a mandolin and watch tv at the same time... Ouch!!! Then there was one time years ago when my son was little, I brought home 2 live lobsters, and he wanted to put them in the swimming pool to keep as pets. Lol!

Q3 - What’s one thing you would like to learn how to make?

Hmmmm.... maybe pasties, like French Eclairs with custard. That’s something I’ve never attempted, but I sure love them.

Q4 - If there was one dish you would teach your kid to make, what would it be?

If I had to choose just one dish, I would say Eggs Benedict because it’s my favorite. It’s simple, but technical, and requires patience and passion... not to mention any future girlfriend of his will be highly impressed.

Q5 - What does it mean to you as a dad to cook for your family?

For me personally, it’s everything! Food brings people and family together, creates memories, traditions... and it’s my way of expressing my love for them daily.