Sunday, March 14, 2010
Pierre Gagnaire…Kitchen Goliath
Pierre Gagnaire: Inventing Cuisine is a short film on the cooking and art of a culinary genius. From his flagship restaurant on 6 Rue Balzac in Paris, Chef Gagnaire shares his fluid, and ever changing approach to cooking. He creates two dishes from a group of ingredients chosen at random from his kitchen. Chef Gagnaire comments on the spontaneous nature of his kitchen, saying that “There are no rules; the goal of the process is not to alter the ingredients.” He readily admits that many times he has no clue whether a dish will work, and that the line between a good dish and a terrible one is razor thin.
I created two dishes inspired by some of Chef Gagnaire’s theories on cuisine. The first is a dish with two different tomato preparations and chicken.
The chef talks about having different textures and consistencies on the same plate. So I took grape tomatoes and cooked them with butter and honey. On another pan, I cooked diced chicken thigh meat that I dusted in flour and spices. I then merged the two to create one unified flavor profile. In a bowl I tossed sliced green tomato with some olive oil and vinegar. To plate…in the center of the plate the cooked chicken and tomato…then top with the raw green tomato…and then a slice of purple heirloom tomato…top with a drop of chervil crème fraiche. When you eat through the dish you get the contrast between the cooked tomato and the raw tomatoes, with the cooked chicken in the party as well.
The second dish is straight vegetarian…just for you Nancy…The dish incorporates cooked shitake mushrooms, with raw tomatoes, and two different potato preparations. The base of the dish is par-boiled Yukon gold potatoes diced and shitake mushrooms diced, sautéed in a pan. Then I layered a succulent, out of this world Yukon gold puree. Hence the two potato preparations. I topped the dish with diced green and purple heirloom tomato tossed in olive oil, red wine vinegar and marjoram.
If you've ever wondered what the inner workings of a fine dining restaurant kitchen looks like, I recommend you watch this film. You can check it out on Netfilx they have it.
That’s it for now…till we exchange a few words again…Peace!