What a day! I was on a food high for a few days, at least, after taking this French cooking class at Johnson & Wales University. I worked on menu two, below, with a team of five wonderful people. There were four teams working on both menus and help from ten culinary students! At the end of the four hour class, we tried all the food prepared that day.
Menu 1: Beef Consomme, Lobster Thermidor with Green Beans Almondine and Duchesse Potatoes, Trio of Creme Brulee
Menu 2: Oyster Rockefeller, Beef Wellington with Pomme Anna and Tomato Soubise, Chocolate Souffle.
Topped with demi-glace, then cooked:
Do it this way . . . whisking yolks and sugar for the Chocolate Souffle:
A lesson in opening oysters for Oyster Rockefeller:
Heating vinegar, bay leaves and peppercorns for the Hollandaise Sauce topping. This was interesting, since I've never made Hollandaise with this mixture before. Tasted fabulous!
Topped with Hollandaise Sauce and slightly heated:
Lobster Thermidor. The beginning of Bechamel Sauce, maybe for the Court Bouillon, but I'm not sure because I didn't work on Lobster Thermidor:
I learned that beef consomme must be clear enough to see a dime at the bottom. There was also much discussion about the "raft", which is the hardened layer of vegetables and beef that forms on the surface and must not be broken or the broth will become cloudy and ruined. I didn't see the process but here is the perfect result.
Creme Brulee's crispy topping was achieved by first slightly melting two separate layers of sugar (turbinado sugar was recommended, but not available), then melting the third layer.
All the recipes in this booklet for me to recreate at home . . . someday
Can't wait for the next class!
The Chef granted permission to publish the class on my blog.