mercredi 15 juin 2016

How to begin with note by note cooking (1)

Someone asks me how to  begin learning with note by note cooking? The answer is given in my book "Note by Note Cooking" (Columbia University  Press), but I feel that it would be useful to give some information here.

Let's begin with a simple observation: food can be made of parts or can be only  one piece, but this piece and  the possible  parts have :
- a  shape
- colors
- consistencies
- tastes
- odors

- freshness, pungency...

-nutritional properties
- etc.

Accordingly, it is a good advice de plan theoritically, in advance, the various aspects.
Moreover, it is always good to design first the consistency, and then decide for the other aspects.

Let us begin with one simple example: the dish called "dirac", which  is indeed an artificial meat.

 1. The consistency will be obtained by 3 parts (spoon, for example) of proteins, and 7 parts of water.

2. If this dough was cooked in a frying pan, it would make like a hard pancake. Obviously, something is missing : fat (remember that meats includes a lot of hidden fat).

3. In the previous dough, let's add 1 or 2 parts of  oil (triglycerides). If you cook now, the consistency is much better.

4. Of  course, the fatty  dough does not have much flavour. Let's add some monosodium glutamate (meaty taste), glucose (long taste sensation), salt (sodium chloride). Now the product has some taste.

5. Adding odorant compounds? This is easy, as these compounds are generally soluble in oil.

6. Freshness and punguncy: don't forget it. My friend the  3 star chef Emile Jung advises to make dishes with 1 part of  violence ; 3 parts of strength ; 9 parts of softness. Here the violence can be given by a solution of piperin (the main pungency of black pepper), or a solution of  capsaicin (the main pungency of chili), or allyl isothiocyanate (like in wasaby, or horseradish, or mustard)...

7. Don't forget the color: a tiny quantity of  a  colorant, or of  a mixture of colorants (food quality), and it is  done.

8. About nutrition ? You have here proteins, fats, sugars... but  you could add some cellulose ("fibers"), or vitamins, for  example.

9. Now you pour your dough in a frying pan, with high heat, and you get a dirac.

Easy, no ?

samedi 11 juin 2016

Les résultats du Quatrième Concours International de Cuisine Note à Note


Concours International


Cuisine Note à Note

Paris, le 10 juin 2016

Thème : cellulose, dérivés de la cellulose et composés à action trigéminale.

Le 10 juin 2016, à AgroParisTech, les candidats, de plus de 20 pays, ont présenté leurs travaux à un jury composé de :
● Thierry Mechinaud, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire, Paris, France
● Patrick Terrien, ancien chef des chefs de l'Ecole du Cordon bleu
● Sandrine Kault, Société Louis François
● Yolanda Rigault, organisatrice du Concours
● Hervé This, AgroParisTech-Inra International Centre for Molecular Gastronomy

Les prix ont été attribués, dans trois catégories :

Catégorie Chefs :

Premier Prix :
Guillaume Siegler, chef du Cordon Bleu Tokyo, Japon

Deuxième Prix :
Roux-Var Emmanuel, Manager en restauration, chef de cuisine, formateur en cuisine sous vide, Ecole Pralus, France.

Catégorie Amateurs :

Premier Prix :
Eric Olivier Lermusiaux, France

Catégorie Etudiants :

Premier Prix ex aequo :
Michael Pontif, Chimie ParisTech, France
Sophie Dalton, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Irlande

Deuxième Prix
Etienne Laborie, Chimie ParisTech, France

Troisième Prix :
Rohit, Etudiant du Master Erasmus Mundus Food Innovation and Product Design, Inde
Alice Payrault, ISIPCA

Les recettes illustrées seront progressivement mises en ligne sur le site

Merci à nos partenaires :
Mane SA Louis François