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Kamala Gamble

By Carol Smaglinski June 27th, 2012

Years ago, Chef Kamala Gamble was in the banking industry. She left that to own and operate Kam’s Kookery and Guilford Gardens. Her husband, Lance Cornman, owns Mid American Roofing and Construction and helps Gamble with her businesses, too.

Children: “Mason and Annabelle Cornman.”

You look like: “Haley Mills.”

Your best feature: “In cooking and catering, we can do anything.”

You take care of: “Gathering food from my gardens for 80 people this summer. We are not at any of the farmers markets this year.”

Food you would never eat: “Innards.”

But love: “Tomatoes.”

Your signature dish: “Panzanella salad with fresh summer vegetables.”

What is your personal motto: “Flavor. That’s what it is all about.”

Favorite thing to do: “I read everything.”

Imperative kitchen gadget: “My knife.”

Good memories: “I worked with (nationally-known Oklahoma chef) Rick Bayless doing TV shoots in his home in Chicago and other scenes on the side.”

Met Lance: “In a running group, and when we married at the Round Barn in Arcadia, I skipped down the aisle barefoot with my dad, Bill, and my grandfather, Bill, married us.”

Claim to fame: “Lance and I have run marathons in every state and the hardest one was in Alaska, which is the second hardest in the U.S.”

Favorite cookbook:The Joy of Cooking — it’s the bible of cooking.”
You reboot every day: “With my husband and children.”

Wildest catering job: “We were doing cedar-planked salmon and green beans for 200 and were promised a large space, but they gave us a tiny space. We needed four times the amount of grilling space. The mom of the bride was wonderful and went to 13 different Wal-Mart’s to purchase equipment for the wedding.”

Best advice you’ve ever received: “Just that 90 percent of what you worry about never happens.”

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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