"When people want soup, they want what makes them comfortable," says Corey Earling of Corey Belle Soups, "so I tend to stick with the basics, but add a bit extra."
That "extra" might be some crispy bacon added to a butternut squash soup or Thai spices jazzing up a refreshing gazpacho. She explains that her "favorite soup to make is any type of vegetable soup. I love the freshness and simplicity."
Earling, who may look familiar to fans of Hell's Kitchen—she took third place in the fourth season—comes by that international flair honestly, having spent some time working as a chef while traveling around the world. While she was cooking at a "nice hotel for tourists" in Vietnam, Earling realized that soup had become her go-to dish, something that both the chef and diners enjoyed.
Back in the States, she decided to turn her passion for soup into a business, making small batches from local, organic ingredients out of a commercial kitchen in Long Island City and selling locally, either by delivery or at the Astoria Market at the Bohemian Beer Garden near her home.
While many of New York's small food businesses are based in Brooklyn, Earling says that "Queens is definitely a contender when it comes artisanal food products, markets, and events. There is too much cultural diversity and way too many young people for there not to be."
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