Saturday, July 05, 2008

Gastronomy by the Seine + Chef David Kinch/Manresa

Today I started at 7am - the Anglos at Ferrandi were invited to this awesome event to help out for the competition and demos. Originally I was asked to enter the competition because they needed a token Chinese girl but since I am American by nationality, didn't work out. No worries though. I was a commi for one of the contestants.

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Then we were given these cute little box lunches which were pretty good.
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The competition was split in two groups - 4 in the morning, and 4 in the afternoon. Canadia was in the 2nd half. Go Ferrandi!

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Happy Bang-me, the commis. haha
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Chris was quite happy to be finished
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And Chef came for the afternoon portion to watch Chris and his other children/pupils put to work post-schooling. Chef - what did you used to say about not shaving?! ahahahh jk.
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In the afternoon, I was fortunate to be Chef David Kinch of Manresa assistant for his demonstration. I was also able to meet his gf, foodie, and food writer, Pim! I am a big fan of her blog as well. They are seriously some of the sweetest people I have met. What a small world to meet them in Paris !

I was put in charge of chopping toasted nori really really fine, julienne-ing radish, and ciseler-ing chives. Who knew that it was a bit tedious to julienne toasted nori? I made a big batch the first time which was cut too big. I kept chopping and chopping until I got it right.

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Chef David Kinch took care of the fish
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So I am not the best at taking videos...


Isn't Pim the cutest ??


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He let me practice slicing the fish scraps with his cool Japanese knife. Then I plated my own - too much sauce otherwise it was ok.

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Me and Pim
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Me and Sophie
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F'in delicious tapioca with coco milk and pineapple by Sophie.
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Their Chinese tea and dessert setup
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Valrhona chocolate as well as other vendors were there
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We finished around 11pm and sat down for a drink. Called it a night around 12. What a long day but it was so much fun! I was very happy to meet and hang out with everyone today.

2 comments:

hubert said...

I don't know if you will get this message, but I will write it anyway. First off, I follow your blog everyday and it is fascinating reading your posts. Okay now to the introduction...My name is Hubert Tsai and I am an 18 year old senior at Los Gatos High School. I am planning on attending the Culinary Institute of America in October of 2010, however an entrance, requires 6 months work in a professional kitchen. I know Chef Kinch's restaurant Manresa, which is about 2 minutes away from my house and I am thinking of doing an internship there but I don't know if he will take me. I have no experience in a professional kitchen. I am posting this message to ask you: Were you ever in a situation like me? What do you think of my chances getting an internship with Chef Kinch? Will he take me even though I have no experience in a professional kitchen? Your response is much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Hubert Tsai

Joan P. said...

Before I started culinary school, I walked into Chez TJ in the afternoon and asked for a stage. It worked. =) I would call and/or stop by and ask.