In case you missed this morning my daughter Kayla and I were featured on Good Day Orlando on Fox 35 News.  We were asked to come on and talk about a little contest I have been telling you all about called Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, you know that BIG partnership Uncle Ben’s Rice and Rachel Ray are having that is helping kids of all ages cook in the kitchen.

Chef Kayla on Good Day Orlando, Fox 35 News

Kayla was able to showcase her yummy “Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice” that features Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice.  We were interviewed by  the oh so sweet Michelle Burdo.  I was sooooo unbelievably proud of Kayla today while we on set, she did a FANTABULOUS job and it made me, her daddy, and brother so proud.

Today is the last day to vote so please make sure to go right one over and click on “VOTE” for Kayla.  Help Kayla win $20,000 in cash, a Rachel Ray Show Appearance and a School Cafeteria Makeover valued at $50,000 for Timber Lakes Elementary.

Voting ends tonight 11:59PM PST.  So make sure to get them in as soon as you can.  Thank you all for all of your support and blessings Kayla and I truly appreciate it!

Here is our delicious recipe:

Pineapple Shrimp Fried Rice


Serves 6

2-cups Uncle Ben’s® Brown Rice, cooked

2-tablespoons sesame oil, (100% pure sesame oil)

1/2 medium onion, chopped

½ ginger, grated

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1-tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes

½ yellow bell pepper, sliced

½ red bell pepper, sliced

1 red chili peppers, sliced

½ cup peas and carrots, de-thawed

1-cup fresh cubed pineapple, (more if you desire)

1lb of shrimp, deveined

1-tablespoon dark soy sauce

1-tablespoon pineapple juice

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Fresh scallion for garnish

Cook 2 cups of brown rice 4 cups of water.  I like to add a little oil to my rice. Cool the rice or make the rice a day ahead.

Heat up a wok or large Dutch pot and add the sesame oil.   You want the pot to be smoking hot.  Add the onion, ginger, garlic, pepper flakes and the sliced chili pepper.  Stir-fry for a few minutes or until it becomes aromatic.

Add the pineapples, bell peppers, peas and carrots and stir them around quickly at high heat.  You want the pineapples to caramelize and get a golden color.  Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn pink in color and are not overdone.

Lastly add the rice, pineapple juice, dark soy sauce, salt and pepper.  Stir everything together and cook for another minute or until everything is incorporated.

Garnish with fresh scallion.

Serve immediately and enjoy!