Hot Chef: Katzie Guy-Hamilton plays the bald man at Max Brenner

Max Brenner is located at 841 Broadway (646-467-8803).
Max Brenner is located at 841 Broadway (646-467-8803).

For the record, Max Brenner — whose sweets emporium boasts “chocolate by the bald man” — is not a real person. But Katzie Guy-Hamilton is. She’s the one coming up with the ooey-gooey deliciousness you’ve likely indulged in at Max Brenner. After a stint in NYC’s Grand Hyatt, Guy-Hamilton became the brand’s first-ever Director of Food & Beverage, playing the role of that mythical bald man since January.

Sweet job — how’d you land it?

Max Brenner historically has always been a little off-center. They love chocolate and the company has a lot of fun. I would say that I like to think of desserts and sweets in the same way, where I want to have fun with what I do. I don’t want to call myself a little off center, but the reality is, I am. (Laughs)

What menu items are you most excited about these days?

Something that we just launched we call the crepe pasta. It encourages you to play with a crepe in a different way. It’s a crepe with our melted chocolate, cold chocolate ganache and different fruits. There’s a lot of texture and fun going on. At the end of the day it resembles pasta but it’s delicious like dessert. We try and not be kitschy per se, we want you to just have fun. Another that I absolutely adore and I grew up with is fried dough. It’s not zeppole, it’s not funnel cake, but it’s literally dough doused in chocolate, drizzled with toffee and filled with ice cream. You have to share it with people. That’s kind of where my mind goes — where it’s not neat and clean and I really want you to lick your fingers.

What about savory foods?

We do have four chocolate bar restaurants and we’re growing … but we understand that people want to eat as well. Do you put chocolate on everything that you make or do you separate it? That’s a question we constantly ask ourselves. … Not everything that’s on the savory side has to have chocolate, [but] it always points to it. That’s the angle to which I try to stick. You don’t want to force chocolate on everything if it truly doesn’t belong. Our burger is so delicious and I don’t feel that it needs chocolate, but I can’t wait to have chocolate after I eat it. That’s kind of the way I feel.

What’s an easy chocolate dish that home cooks can make?

It helps when you’re making dessert or a treat for yourself to have a really great ganache in your fridge. For the easiest chocolate mousse in the world, start by making ganache. Use equal parts chocolate and heavy cream. Heat the cream, then pour over chocolate in a bowl and stir together. Allow the ganache to come to room temperature.Then, fold in barely whipped cream that has a tablespoon (or two) of brandy. If you start stirring the ganache cream mixture with a whisk, you will tighten the mixture and incorporate more air. Pour it into a bowl and chill before serving. It’s a perfect mousse that you can add berries to.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

PHOTOS: More than $12 million in heroin, crystal…

Authorities seized more than 44 pounds of heroin and 17 pounds of crystal meth from two stash houses this week during a Manhattan drug bust.

Local

How to donate during the blood drive at…

The Metro-North Railroad and New York Blood Center are hosting a blood drive at Grand Central Terminal Thursday.

Local

Bloomberg launches $50 million anti-gun violence effort

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million on a grassroots anti-gun violence network to challenge the National Rifle Association.

Local

East Village woman fights off rape attempt from…

An East Village woman fought off an attempted rapist that she woke to find standing on her bed over the weekend, police said.

The Word

Wahlburgers announce North America domination

Tuesday was a huge day for Donnie Wahlberg.

Books

Becoming friends with New York City's oldest known…

"The Life and Times of Richard Musto" tells the story, through a poem, of the oldest known homeless man in New York City.

Movies

Interview: Johnny Depp says he looks like himself,…

Johnny Depp talks about his new sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," not wearing gaudy makeup and wigs for a change and how he's a bit of a Luddite.

Movies

Review: 'Heaven is for Real' tries to be…

The mega-bestseller "Heaven is for Real" becomes a movie that tries to portray wrestling with faith — or at least it tries to try.

NFL

Jets make Chris Johnson signing official

The Jets got their big-play threat as running back Chris Johnson signed a multi-year contract with the team on Wednesday.

NHL

Top 5 Philadelphia storylines for Flyers-Rangers

The slate is clean for the Flyers and the Rangers. Which is good news for the Flyers.

NHL

Islanders back to rebuilding mode after disappointing season

One season after qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2006-07, the Islanders finished 2013-14 with a 34-37-11 record.

NFL

Jets confident despite Chris Johnson leaving with no…

Jets fans clamored for a playmaker on offense all offseason. It looked like they were going to land that player on Tuesday when Chris Johnson…

Tech

5 surprising facts about Google Glass

Your sex life could get more interesting.

Wellbeing

Cognitive skills begin to drop at age 24

But the news isn't all that bad.

Career

How to get a job at a startup:…

We talked to Tarek Pertew, one of the co-founders behind Uncubed, about how to get your dream job at a startup.

Parenting

The 'smartest' summer camps across the country

See a list of summer camps across the country that emphasis learning, while still being fun.