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Friday, May 30, 2008

Top Chef Final in Puerto Rico

Stephanie Izard tops ‘Top Chef: Chicago’!
Posted by Joe Gray
Hello finals! Stephanie Izard, the lone Chicago chef left on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” won tonight’s Elimination Challenge, not only securing her place in the finals of the reality TV cooking competition show, but doing so handily. After 12 episodes, 12 Quickfire Challenges, 12 Elimination Challenges, about seven weeks of taping in Chicago, Stephanie made it to Puerto Rico for the two-part finale.
The former chef/owner of Scylla, Stephanie closed her restaurant last summer and joined 15 other contestants on the popular cable show. Cooking competently, creatively and often brilliantly, Stephanie pulled it all together in tonight’s challenge at Rick Tramonto’s Tramonto Steak and Seafood in Wheeling. Tramonto called her efforts the most well-rounded of the night’s dishes. She and the rest of the final four, Antonia, Richard and Lisa, compete in two more episodes that were filmed in Puerto Rico about two weeks ago and will air June 4 and June 11.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Vitello Tramonto": Hamachi, Crispy Sweetbreads, Radish & Yuzu

Trim Hamachi and portion into bacon-like strips. Marinate in salt, pepper, olive oil and lime juice (reserve some lime juice for later use).
Fry sweetbread and set aside.
Mix mayonnaise with ginger juice (reserve some ginger juice for later use) and truffle oil.
Marinate radishes, apple, jalapeno and canotes in lime and ginger juice.
To Plate:Add Hamachi then sweetbreads to plate with bacon and marinated avocados-radishes mixture. Drizzle mayonnaise along side of plate.

16 large pieces Hamachi bellySalt and pepper to tasteDrizzle of olive oil2 limes, juiced1 cup sweetbread “nuggets”1 cup mayonnaise1 cup ginger juice Truffle oil to tasteA few radishes, sliced1 apple, julienned1 jalapeno, sliced1/4 cup canotes1/2 cup crisped bacon, chopped2 avocados, sliced

Richard top chef

Grilled New York Strip with Turnips & Apples

2 apples, peeled, small diced2 cups apple cider2T sugar2 cups balsamicOlive oil1 large turnip10 oz New York stripSalt and pepper

Place apples in pot with cider, sugar and one tablespoons balsamic; reduce until apples are soft.
Heat olive oil in pan and saute turnip for one minute. Add a little cider and lightly braise until just tender. Add balsamic and sugar in pot; reduce to syrup. Season New York strip with salt and pepper then grill. Julienne some apple and turnip. Toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.
To serve, add turnips to plate then apple sauce; top with beef. Drizzle with balsamic. Top with julienned apple and turnip.

Stephanie top chef

Thursday, May 15, 2008

7 left ??? who will win top chef ???

If i was a betting man i would put my money on Richard to win it all !!, & dale to be come up short , ( 2nd Place ) !!! Your thoughts ???

Thursday, May 8, 2008

top chef braised beef brisket

Richard's recipe:
Braised Brisket of Beef:1 beef brisketA good amount Cajun spicesSalt and pepper to taste2 boxes dark brown sugar3 cups mustard (golden)
Andrew's recipe:
Creamed Spinach with Star Anise:4 cloves garlic (minced)Star anise to taste1 oz extra-virgin olive oil4 bags spinach1 pint heavy cream1/4 lb plugra (type of butter)2 lemons
Antonia's recipe:
Potato Gratin:1 cup creamSalt and pepper to taste1t garlic, minced4 Yukon potatoesReggiano to taste4T Butter
Caramelized Corn (for asparagus salad):4 corn cobsSalt and pepper to tasteSugar to tasteButter for sauteingSmall package asparagus

Richard's recipe:
Braised Brisket of Beef:Season brisket with spices, salt and pepper and grill aggressively to get a good flavor. Rub with brown sugar and mustard. Wrap in aluminum foil and cook at 250 degrees for 12 to 14 hours.
Andrew's recipe:
Creamed Spinach with Star Anise:Saute garlic and star anise in olive oil, add spinach and cover to allow spinach to wilt. Once spinach is wilted remove and drain. Place spinach in meat grinder and grind; set aside. Put cream on stove and reduce by 25% then fold in spinach. Just before service stir in butter and lemon juice.
Antonia's recipe:
Potato Gratin:Bring cream, salt, pepper and garlic to boil. Slice potatoes thin and layer potato, cream mixture, reggiano and butter until pan is full. Bake at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Caramelize top before service.
Caramelized Corn (for asparagus salad):Remove corn from cob. Saute in salt, pepper, sugar and butter until brown then add in asparagus and saute for several more minutes.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Top Tufo Winning plate

Dale and Richard's recipe:
Almond-Cashew Crusted Tofu:8 oz rendered beef fat2 pieces tofu, cut into 3 oz blocks
Almond Crust:2 oz cashews toasted, microplaned2 oz almonds2 oz macadamia nuts1T white pepper3T coriander
Green Curry Sauce:5 oz sugar5 oz green curry paste3 pieces onion sliced3 oz lemongrass3T coriander9 pieces cardamom4 pieces jalapeno, sliced in half4 cans coconut milk4 oz fish sauce4 oz lime juice
Crispy Eggplant: 2 pieces Japanese eggplant2 cups water1 cup cornstarch1t saltPepper to taste1 gallon canola oil
Chinese Long Beans:1 bunch long beans4 oz extra-virgin olive oil2 cloves garlic3T sweet soy

Dale and Richard's recipe:
Almond-Cashew Crusted Tofu:Render beef fat, press tofu in perforated hotel pan then marinate tofu in beef fat.
Almond Crust:Mix all ingredients in bowl. Crust tofu with almond crust and roast in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until hot.
Green Curry Sauce:In a pan start with sugar and turn heat to medium-high to make a caramel, then add curry paste and toast. After curry has toasted then add remaining ingredients, except for coconut milk, fish sauce and lime juice. Sweat ingredients then add coconut milk and let simmer for half an hour. Strain and season with fish sauce and lime juice.
Crispy Eggplant:Cut Japanese eggplant into half rounds. Bring 1 cup water to a boil and mix in some cornstarch to make a slurry, then remaining water. Season with salt and pepper then cool.
Bring oil to 350 degrees. Coat Japanese eggplant with cornstarch then coat in thicken slurry then in cornstarch again. Cook in oil for 5 minutes.
Chinese Long Beans:Get cast iron pan hot and dry, then add oil, chopped garlic and long beans. Char and remove when soft. Then coat with sweet soy.
Finish plate dressed with herb salad.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Dale"s winning tandori pork recipe

Tandori Pork:

4T coriander4T madras curry9 pieces cardamom pods2T mustard seeds2T white pepper4T chili powder4T garam masala3 quarts yogurt4T chicken bouillon1 cup white soy12 sides pork ribsWater for poaching1/2 cup vinegarSugar to taste2 quarts hot sauce4T salt1 piece pineapple skin
Potato Salad with Golden Raisins, Dried Mango & Turmeric:30 pieces Yukon gold potatoes, peeled6 pieces white onion, sliced3 cups white vinegar3 cups golden raisins3 cups dried mangoes, chopped 3T toasted coriander, groundDrizzle of olive oil2T salt and pepper1 lb fusilli (mixed with fresh coriander)1/2 bunch scallions, choppedTurmeric to taste

Tandori Pork Ribs:Toast all spices and combine with yogurt, bouillon and white soy; blend in blender. Poach ribs in water, vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pineapple skin. After ribs have been poached tender; let cool then mix in yogurt-bouillon marinade. Grill ribs, on medium flame brushed with marinade.
Potato Salad with Golden Raisins, Dried Mango & Turmeric:Slice potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Cook in water until tender but still firm in middle. In pan, add onions and sweat until translucent. Add vinegar, golden raisins and dried mangoes, then add coriander. Grill potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper then when cooked through combine with onion, raisins, dried mangoes, fusilli, scallions and turmeric.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Grilled shrimp w/ pickled salad ( top chef winning recipe )

Dale's recipe:
Pickled Chili-Relish:1 lb Christmas bell peppers1 lb banana peppers2 lb jalapenos3 lb lipstick peppers5 cups rice wine vinegar2 cups mirin2 cups sugar2T salt2 lb seedless English cucumbers, shaved thin3 cups canola oil1/2 cup sesame oil

Stephanie's recipe:
Shrimp:4 cloves garlic1T ginger, minced1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil2t sambal, chili garlicSalt and pepper to taste1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined
Deviled Aioli:2 egg yolks1t Dijon2 cups canola or grapeseed oil4 eggs, hardboiled, whites discarded1T lemon juice1/2 sambal1t garlic chili sauce1t soy

Lisa's recipe:
Miso Syrup:1 cup shiro (white) miso1/2 cup maple syrup2 cups rice wine vinegar1 1/2 cups mirin1/2 lb bacon


Dale's recipe:
Pickled Chili-Relish:On Japanese mandolin, slice peppers into 1/8-inch rings. Wash rings repeatedly under cold water to remove seeds. In pot, add vinegar, mirin, sugar and salt; bring to a simmer. Pour vinegar-sugar mixture over peppers and cucumbers; let marinate for 1 hour. Bring oils to smoking point and pour over peppers and cucumbers.

Stephanie's recipe:
Shrimp:Mix together all ingredients and toss with shrimp. Let sit for at least one hour then grill.
Deviled Aioli:In bowl, mix raw yolks with Dijon. Slowly whisk in oil until thickened like mayonnaise. Push hardboiled egg through small side of cheese grater. Whisk in remaining ingredients.

Lisa's recipe:
Miso Syrup:In saucepot, cook miso, syrup, wine vinegar and mirin together. Whisk together and reduce on low heat until thick and glossy. Meanwhile, lay bacon on silpat or parchment paper overlapping and facing same direction. Lay another parchment on top and place smaller sheet pan on top (weigh down with saute pans). Bake at 375 degrees for about 11 minutes. When bacon is crispy, take out without removing weights.
Remove bacon from pan and lay on new sheet pan with parchment. Heavily glaze the bacon with the miso syrup and bake 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool and cut into even long strips.