NEW YORK, NY :: JBF RICHARD BLAIS DINNER // richard blais, chef, molecular gastronomy, try this at home cookbook, the spence, atlanta

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The first time I met Richard Blais was at the 2012 Star Chefs International Culinary Congress.

And for those of you who don’t know, Richard Blais is a Celebrity Chef best known for molecular gastronomy on Top Chef, and the author of his new cookbook, Try This at Home: Recipes from My Head to Your Plate.

The second time I met Richard Blais was in the JBF kitchen for his Best of Blais Dinner.

KITCHEN DUTIES:

  • Bread Arancini
  • Cut Bread
  • Take Team on a Chelsea Market Tour for supplies
  • Trim Bone Marrow
  • Fill the Parsnip & Carrot Hors d’Oeurves
  • Deep Fry Quail Legs
  • Plate Courses like a MOFO

Hors d’Oeuvres

  • Roasted Bone Marrow & Tuna Tartar
  • Carrots & Parsnip
  • Foie Gras, Gingerbread & Candy Cane
  • Pig Feet Arancini
  • PRIMA > THE SPENCE’S HOUSE-BOTTLED COCKTAIL WITH BLOOD ORANGE GASTRIQUE, PRUNIER ORANGE LIQUEUR, CAMPARI, AND SODA

Dinner

  • Roasted Beausoleil Oyster // PIERRE BONIFACE APREMONT VIN DE SAVOIE 2010
  • Smoked Sable Fish & Fried Clams // CAVE DU VIEUX-MOULIN AMIGNE DE VÉTROZ GRAND CRU 2010
  • Jerusalem Artichoke Agnolotti with Braised Venison // TENUTA DELLE TERRE NERE ETNA ROSSO 2010
  • NYC Pigeon with Saffron, Turnips & Quince // CHÂTEAU PRADEAUX BANDOL 2006
  • Black Chocolate Candy Bar // DOMAINE BARRERE JURANÇON CUVÉE PRESTIGE 1995

Click here to see photos of the event.

OVERALL:

It was a long day in the kitchen and I may have been somewhat nervous to work with so much talent… as well as so many photographers; but working alongside Richard Blais proved to be educational AND entertaining.

From foie gras to candy canes, parsnip creme to mustard seeds, Richard Blais understands what will surprise a palate. I loved his spin on out-of-the-box flavors, the creativity in his dishes, and the focus he has on his plate, paired with his camera-ready personality.

I definitely felt the pressure with cameras around me at the Best of Blais event, but this will help when I audition for a reality TV show this year. #2013GOAL

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY FROM BEST OF BLAIS EVENT WAS SHARED BY NYC PHOTOGRAPHER KEN GOODMAN

 

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