Food Network's Chef George Duran Back-To-School Recipes

Celebrity Chef George Duran Elevates End of Summer Fare and Back to School with a 'Labor of Love' Culinary Showcase

Bayonne, NJ – September 2023 – Celebrated culinary artist Chef George Duran, renowned for his inventive approach to healthy gourmet cuisine, is concluding the summer and kicking off the Back To School Season, with a delectable 'Labor of Love' recipe collection. This year's tantalizing repertoire features mouthwatering dishes like Grilled Vegetables with Mighty Sesame Tahini, succulent Absolutely Gluten Free Fried Chicken Breasts, and a refreshing Watermelon Mocktail or Cocktail – each infused with Chef Duran's personal touch and incorporating his favorite products such as Mighty Sesame Co.®, Absolutely! Gluten Free®, and Wonder Melon™.

Chef Duran's Grilled Vegetables with Mighty Sesame Tahini recipe is a culinary triumph. Impeccably grilled vegetables maintain their crispness while acquiring a captivating char that imparts a smoky depth to their inherent sweetness. The dish is then elevated with an indulgent and creamy dressing crafted from Mighty Sesame Tahini. This ingredient introduces an exquisite nutty undertone, expertly enhancing the medley of flavors within the vegetables. With this ingenious twist, Chef Duran reimagines the classic grilled vegetable dish, offering epicureans a novel and adventurous way to savor summer's bounty.

Mighty Sesame Tahin. is celebrated for its authentic, single-sourced tahini, thoughtfully packaged in a convenient squeeze-and-serve bottle. With its all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, halal, non-GMO, and keto-friendly attributes, Mighty Sesame Tahini accommodates a wide range of diets and lifestyles. The tahini is available in Organic, Whole Seed, and Harissa varieties, allowing for versatile culinary exploration. Below is the recipe for Chef Duran's Grilled Vegetables with Mighty Sesame Tahini


- Assorted grilling vegetables (e.g., peppers, asparagus, squash, eggplant, zucchini, etc.)

- Olive oil

- Toppings: chopped green olives, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, herbs

For the tahini sauce:

- 1/2 cup Mighty Sesame Co. Tahini

- Juice of half a lemon

- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1/2 teaspoon coriander

- 1/2 teaspoon cumin

- 1/2 teaspoon paprika

- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 


1. Preheat the grill to high and apply non-stick spray on the grates.

2. Create the tahini sauce by blending all sauce ingredients, gradually adding water until smooth and pourable.

3. Prepare vegetables, coat with olive oil, and grill until tender and slightly charred. Arrange on a platter.

4. Drizzle tahini sauce generously over vegetables and add desired toppings.

5. Season with additional salt if needed, and serve promptly.

Notably, the tahini sauce can be omitted, allowing Mighty Sesame Tahini to shine alongside the vegetables.

 Chef Duran introduces a captivating twist on a beloved classic with his Absolutely! Gluten Free Fried Chicken Breasts, complementing his array of grilled vegetables. This delectable recipe incorporates Absolutely! Gluten Free grain-free crackers and flatbreads, delivering an innovative gluten-free crust that boasts both taste and crunch. The crackers and flatbreads confer a unique coating, imbuing the chicken with a satisfyingly crisp texture. This dish stands out for its ability to accommodate dietary needs while ensuring an explosion of flavors. Absolutely! Gluten Free, revered for its commitment to quality and taste, introduces a delectable crunch to the fried chicken. The crackers and flatbreads, ingeniously crafted from potatoes, offer layers of savory complexity, ensuring the dish's acclaim at any summer gathering.

Absolutely! Gluten Free crackers and flatbreads, available in flavors such as Original, Toasted Onion, Everything, and Cracked Pepper, cater to individuals with food sensitivities. These products are free from soy, corn, rice, flour, gluten, and grains. Below is the recipe for the Absolutely! Gluten Free Fried Chicken Breasts:


- 1 box Absolutely! Gluten Free crackers or flatbread (any flavor)

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder

- 1 teaspoon onion powder

- 1 teaspoon kosher salt

- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

- 1 egg, beaten

- 2 large chicken breasts, halved lengthwise (total of 4 pieces)

- 1/4 cup olive oil

- 4 tablespoons butter

- Kosher salt

- Lemon wedges (optional)


1. Dip chicken breast slices in beaten egg and set aside.

2. In a food processor, process Absolutely! Gluten Free Crackers or Flatbread until coarse crumbs form (about 15-20 seconds). Transfer crumbs to a shallow dish and mix in garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

3. Press chicken breasts into the cracker crumbs, ensuring full coverage.

4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with olive oil and butter. Once foaming, add chicken breasts and fry, turning until golden brown and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

5. Remove from pan and rest on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Season with additional salt if desired and serve with optional lemon wedges.


- Ice

- 4 bottles of Wonder Melon cold-pressed juice (choice of flavor)

- Juice of 2 lemons

- 1/4 cup agave syrup

- 1 cup lemon seltzer (for mocktail)

- 1 cup vodka (for cocktail)

- Lemon slices and mint for garnish


1. Half-fill a large glass pitcher with ice and combine all ingredients. Add lemon seltzer for a mocktail or vodka for a cocktail.

2. Thoroughly mix and serve garnished with lemon slices and mint.

Serving 4 delightful portions, these recipes collectively embody Chef Duran's commitment to celebrating summer's essence while accommodating diverse dietary preferences.

Chef George Duran remarks, "These recipes epitomize the flavors of summer while embracing healthy alternatives without compromising on taste. Collaborating with Mighty Sesame Tahini, Absolutely Gluten Free, and Wonder Melon has empowered me to craft dishes that are both scrumptious and cater to a range of dietary needs."

Laura Morris, Associate Marketing Director of Kayco Beyond, enthuses, "Collaborating with Chef Duran and witnessing his culinary masterpieces using Mighty Sesame Tahini, Wonder Melon Pressed Juice, and Absolutely Gluten Free products is always a delight. These products' versatility shines through Chef Duran's creative and delectable interpretations."

For comprehensive nutritional insights, recipe inspirations, distribution points, and more about Mighty Sesame Co., please visit Connect with @MightySesameCo on Instagram and MightySesame on Facebook.

To explore Absolutely! Gluten Free further, head to or connect via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@AbsolutelyGF).

For comprehensive details, distribution outlets, and more regarding Wonder Melon, explore and follow @WonderMelonJuice on Instagram.

About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

Kayco, a prominent purveyor of kosher foods, operates the Kayco Beyond Division, which extends its product offerings beyond the kosher realm. This division caters to consumers seeking healthful, convenient, and restricted-diet-friendly products for their lifestyle choices. Esteemed brands under this umbrella include Absolutely! Gluten Free®, Beetology™, Mighty Sesame Co™, Wonder Melon™, and Dorot Gardens®, among others. Kayco is headquartered in Bayonne, NJ.

About George Duran

Polylingual chef and comedian George Duran, renowned for Food Network's Ham on the Street and TLC's The Ultimate Cake Off, has also contributed to Good Morning America as a culinary host. He has graced the stages of Live with Kelly, NBC’s Today Show, CBS This Morning, The Wendy Williams Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Tamron Hall Show, and more. Chef Duran is the mastermind behind "Take This Dish and Twist It," a cookbook that promises delectable twists on comfort foods and snacks. Connect with George on Instagram and Twitter (@ChefGeorgeDuran), Facebook (/GeorgeDuranEats), and for tantalizing food visuals and culinary inspiration.

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