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BOCUSE BATTLE IS ON

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Culinary all-stars are at it this Sunday and you can be there.  VIP style.

By Francine Cohen

The battle for USA’s world domination in the 2013 Bocuse d’Or competition begins at home this Sunday as four highly qualified contestants pit their skills against one another in the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation’s USA Finals Competition.  The winner will be attending the big dance in Lyon, France next January and representing the USA.

“This weekend is about selecting the very best American chef to represent the USA on the international stage. It should be a matter of great pride to our entire American culinary community,” said Chef Daniel Boulud.

The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring culinary excellence, led by Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller,Jerome Bocuse,opens the finals to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

But, as always, INSIDE F&B has a special inside track for you. Courtesy of Nespresso, a 2012 Member Sponsor of the Bocuse d’Or USA, two tickets in the comfortable VIP section are available for the first person to correctly tell us the number of grand crus offered by Nespresso to their fine dining and hotel customers.(For a clue take a look at www.nespresso.com/pro).

As business tool for the culinary world Nespresso is thrilled to get behind this competition that demands the same exacting standards as their regular customers.  Jim Frisby of Nespresso Business Solutions notes, “Nespresso offers

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THE NOSE KNOWS

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Exploring the Alchemy of Taste and Smell

Guests may first eat with their eyes, but their satisfaction with what goes into their mouths is directly correlated to what they smell as the aromas from their first bite or sip wafts up to their nose.

How are you considering the impact that smell has on taste, memory, culture and nature as you think through each dish? Do you consider the importance of aroma and its impact on your guest’s food and drink experiences?

Do you want to learn more about how to create that elevated guest experience that brings them back again and again? You can this weekend at The Alchemy of Taste and Smell – a seminar dedicated to the exploration of creativity in cooking, the composite nature of flavors with a crucial focus on scents.

Event creator, Daniel Patterson says, “The reality is, that what we smell comprises at least 80% of taste and flavor. We’re looking to provide people with a better understanding of that.”

The understanding culminates on Saturday night with an experimental seven course meal that illuminates the explicit connection between what we smell and what we taste. Expect each of the seven chefs presenting their course to wow you with some culinary sleight of hand tricks.

Join Mandy Aftel (Owner, Aftelier Perfumes; Author), Dave Arnold (Director of Culinary Technology, FCI), David Chang (Chef/Owner, Momofuku, ** Michelin Stars for Ko, World’s 50 Best Restaurants #26 for Ssam Bar), Bill Corbett (Pastry Chef, Coi), Wylie Dufresne (Chef/Owner WD-50, * Michelin Star, World’s 50 Best Restaurants #45), Johnny Iuzzini (Pastry Chef, Jean-Georges, *** Michelin Stars), Harold McGee (Author and NY Times Columnist), George Mendes (Chef/Owner, Aldea), Nils Noren (Vice President of Culinary and Pastry Arts at The International Culinary Center), Daniel Patterson (Chef/Owner Coi, ** Michelin Stars), Audrey Saunders (Mixologist, Owner Pegu Club), Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa (Chefs and Authors, Ideas In Food) for two days as chefs and mixologists gather to dine, investigate, and explore together the importance of aromatics and how it integrates into the food & beverage experience.

Below is the program, with pricing. Tickets are available at: www.astorcenternyc.com/shopping-cart.ac

Friday Evening

5:00 p.m:
Dave Arnold and Audrey Saunders
Demonstration: Using Aroma in Cocktails (The Study, up to 36 people) $55

Dave Arnold and Audrey Saunders will demonstrate how they use aroma in cocktails, including distillations, essential oils and infusions.

7:00 – 10:00 p.m:
Opening Party (The Lounge and The Gallery, up to 250 people) $95
Creative cocktails by Dave Arnold and Audrey Saunders
Participating Chefs: David Chang, Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa, Daniel Patterson, Nils Noren, Bill Corbett

The party will feature stations spread throughout the two rooms, with chefs and mixologists on display, making food and cocktails. There will be some passed food as well, and white and red wines will also be served.

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