Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Culinary Demonstrations

Chef Babette de Rozières
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On Sunday, June 11, there were culinary demonstrations held in Les Halles, the central, covered market of the city. Babette de Rozières, French chef and television personality, hosted the events.

Chef Ben Thibodeaux
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The first demonstration was given by Ben Thibodeaux, chef at Dickie Brennan’s Palace Café in New Orleans. His prawns sautéed in a beer-and-spice sauce delighted the audience and persuaded the initially skeptical French hostess that beer and spice can be successfully used together.

Chef Daniel Ginsberg
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Chef Daniel Ginsberg, director of the central cooking facility for the town of Dijon, prepared a delicious gazpacho à la Dijonnaise served on a creamy foundation in a narrow glass.

Chef Stephanie Carter
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The next demonstration featured Stephanie Carter of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, and Emmanuel Hebrard of L'Abbaye de Bussière in Dijon. Chef Carter prepared Bananas Foster, a rum-based banana dessert invented in New Orleans,

Chef Emmanuel Hebrard
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and Chef Hebrard prepared Nonnette de Bourgogne, a spice cake that he reheated on a skillet. Scrumptous!

Chef Nicolas Isnard
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Nicolas Isnard, chef of Auberge de la Charme in the nearby town of Prenois gave the final presentation. Before and during the presentation, there was quite a lively, but friendly, dispute between Chef de Rosières and Chef Isnard over the issue of whether spices should be added to food. Chef de Rosières, who hails from Guadaloupe, took the position that spices should be used to enhance the flavor of foods, whereas Chef Isnard took the position that foods should be allowed to express their natural flavors without spices. There was no compromise in their positions! At the end of the demonstration, Chef Isnard had won the day, in our minds, when he distributed an appetizing, vichysoisse-inspired potato and leek dish that he had prepared before our very eyes.

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