Jacques Torres is a true artist when it comes to his chocolate truffles. They are 'ta die fawh' as is his lightly spiced hot chocolate. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting his kitchen and store in Brooklyn, New York.
Another genius chocolatier, Joel Durand, has his culinary workshop in St. Remy de Provence. His work surpasses even the remarkable Torres. I had the good fortune of making regular visits to Durand's shop while living near by in Aix-en-Provence. Both can be located on the Culinary Compass Map.
This is a short video of Monsieur Torres taking you on a tour of his kitchen. A must watch for any of you who are chocolate lovers. Below the video are photos I took on my recent visit.
I had the pleasure of meeting this man, Yashka Ginzberg, while at Katz's Delicatessen in New York City. We talked about pastrami, Schwartz's Delicatessen, Montreal's best deli, and his Hungarian and Israeli roots. I'm sure you will also enjoy seeing him in action in the video.
Yashka says his favorite delicatessen when he is not at Katz's is hanging at his hometown delicatessen famous for its smoked meat, Schwartz's!
How lucky am I to share a kitchen with the wonderful, spicy, confident and talented 12 year old chef in the video below? It took just an hour to film and edit the video but the memory will in fact last a lifetime ... and the 2 minute lesson is really helpful.
Ohhhhhh yeah, she is also my daughter, rises and falls with me when the New York Rangers win or lose and takes no prisoners when she decides she wants something.