One recent afternoon, Emmanuel Duverneau set out to prepare a “chipotle” bowl for dinner in his bright and airy home in Walnut Creek. He chopped up the tomato and avocado, the popped corn, the seared chicken, the cooked rice, then carefully assembled it in a bowl before topping it with cheese and sauce. He also took a moment to dance to “End of Time,” a Beyoncé hit circa 2011.
There was nothing particularly fancy about the preparation or the meal – no special kitchen gadgets (well, except for one clarification under a vacuum cooker he used for chicken), no special knife technique. It was just Duverneau, 25, in his kitchen cooking and dancing.