Cooking with a one-star chef
Last weekend, I attended a private cooking class with chef Peter Armellino of the Plumed Horse in Saratoga. I would highly recommend this to CH-ers who enjoy cooking - details are on their website. The class was about 90 mins and started on Sat at 11:30 am. There were 4 participants, and we watched and asked lots of questions as Peter made a spring vegetable risotto with a pan cooked wild Alaskan halibut. Then we saw pastry chef Jon Kristie make a chocolat fondant cake (like a molten chocolate cake) with a remarkably simple recipe. We got to taste throughout and were poured cava, white wine and a dessert riesling to accompany us through the class.
When we were done, we each left with a bottle of cava and the main ingredients to re-create this meal for 4. I made mine last night and it was a breeze - although I didn't think my home version of the risotto had the same bite as chef Peter's!
Not only was this a lot of fun, Peter and the rest of the Plumed Horse staff were great to talk to and it was nice to get more insights into how they each got into their careers, as well as some of the inner workings of a top restaurant.
On a side note, they have a beautiful chef's table at the restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows into the kitchen. All the benefits of a chef's table without the noise of the kitchen - I'm looking forward to having dinner there soon.