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Nestlé Chef for a Day! #HotterPockets

In early May, I took a trip courtesy of Hot Pockets to Nestlé headquarters in Cleveland, where I had the chance to be a Nestle #HotterPockets chef for a day….or lunch, if I were to drop the exaggeration.

But I was a chef, see?


It all began the night before with a trip to Chinato for dinner, and when I say Chef Zack Bruell spoiled us with a custom “pocket” themed menu full of culinary delights, I’m not kidding!

Chinato restaurant Cleveland

As if that wasn’t enough, the next morning the chefs in the Nestlé kitchens treated us to a breakfast extraordinaire. I mean come on, when’s the last time you enjoyed a buffet like this? Never?


I’m going to skip ahead to the me as a chef part now because the “Hot Pockets” news is still a secret. I promise it’s a secret I’ll spill though, just not yet.

Soooooo, I had all these ingredients from which to create a hot pocket, a ridiculous array of choices!

Nestle kitchens Hot Pocket blogger lunch

I also got to choose the dough and the shape, so I chose pizza dough and sort of a spaceship-shaped design. ;)

I filled it with cheese and peas and cheese and spinach and cheese and peppers and cheese. I wasn’t sure I had enough cheese in there, so I grated some Parmesan cheese over the top.

Then I baked it.

And ate it.


A very amateurish result for Chef Liz in terms of pocket appearance, but in taste, I hit a home run. Deeeeelicious! (Not as good as Nestlé’s Hot Pockets, but whatever.)

And then I hugged Herbie Hot Pockets.

me and Herbie Hot Pockets

The End. (for now)



About Liz

Liz Mays is a lifestyle, food and travel blogger living in coastal North Carolina. If she's not in her kitchen creating recipes, she's probably off on another whirlwind travel adventure, scrapbooking her photos and memories, curled up watching a movie or sound asleep.


  1. Your creation looks delish and I love how much cheese you put in that baby :) I loved me some Hot Pockets back in the day.

  2. Your pocket looks delicious!

  3. I have seen big buffets on cruise ships.

  4. Mmm your pocket sounds delish!!! Looks like you had a great time.

  5. Bridgette says:

    Love! So sad I missed the event but happy to join you as a Hot Pocket Ambassador!

  6. Those hot pockets look better then the ones out of the freezer LOL. I like the new Pretzel Bread ones.

  7. Everything looks so good and I love the last picture.

  8. How fun that you got to make your own!

  9. now that sounds like my kinda of blogging trip. Eats and treats


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