Try This at Home
Richard Blais' new book is called Try This at Home. He demoed one of the recipes at Sur La Table this weekend.
James Beard Foundation's executive vice president, Mitchell Davis, was on hand to introduce Richard Blais.
French Apron, Anybody?
Chef Blais came out cracking jokes about wearing lingerie-style aprons in the kitchen. He cracked a lot of jokes. Maybe not quite as many as yours truly, but he was pretty funny.
Hoisin Pork Shoulder
This hoisin flavored pork shoulder was actually cooked by Andrew Zimmerman at Chicago's own Sepia restaurant for the purpose of the demo.
Chef Blais informed us that we can use most kinds of white fish for this recipe. This is sole, but lots of fish can be substituted into the recipe.
Carbonated Tempura Batter
Sous chef Brad demonstrates how to use a seltzer maker for tempura batter. The freshly carbonated batter ensures the fish stays crispy and light after it is fried.
The freshly fried fish comes out of the oil.
To add an entertaining and flavorful element to the dish, Chef Blais used a smoking gun to flavor the final product.
Liquid Nitrogen Margarita
What would a cooking demonstration be without some liquid nitrogen? It's always fun to watch as the vapor cascades everywhere. It does have a purpose—the liquid nitrogen gives the frozen margarita a unique sorbet-like texture with more silkiness.
Plus, you can see our man Huge Galdones (on the right) was also there to document the fun. He's a busy man.