I realize they all have professional experience, and most have professional training, but that doesn’t always make you good at what you do. I attended culinary school for a while, and my knife skills are still crap. At this point I think they are beyond repair.
Last episode of Top Chef, the final 5 chefs went to the infamous Le Cirque restaurant in NY. They were served a Paupiette of Sea Bass atop sauteed leeks. Contestants were told they had to recreate this dish in 30 minutes. 30 MINUTES!!!
My husband and I attempted to make this dish last night. With 2 of us it took about an hour…following a recipe. Sad, I know. Reason number 43 why I could never even audition for that show.
In the end though, I must say that dish was truly amazing. Truly! We were so proud of ourselves. Our technique was a bit off. I didn’t slice the potatoes long enough, so they didn’t go fully around. The leeks were a little over cooked. I accidentally strained most of the sauce right into the sink (duh!) so I was left with very little of it. However, the taste was phenomenal. It was one of those meals when I get sad when I get to the last bite.
I am fine with the fact that I could never make it onto Top Chef. I am totally comforatable being Top MotherChef of my home.
If you have some time to spend in the kitchen, put your skill to the test and try this recipe. The one I found is written by Chef Daniel Boulud and is actually a version of the one served at Le Cirque.
P.S. If you are wondering who I want to win Top Chef, it’s Casey. It’s about time a woman got in there and kicked some booty!