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Alex Budman: Kelly's cuisine
|StandTV||Fri, 21 Oct 2011||Tweet|
by The Editors
A brown paper bag was placed on my plate. Interesting. I hadn’t been given food in one of those since I was in school. When I opened it up, steam and the scent of thyme oozed out in a thick mist. Kelly, the incredibly talented chef, had wowed me with her “Fish in parchment paper.”
Kelly is from Connecticut, yet is a Parisian at heart. She spent a year living in Paris during a high school exchange. She also spent a summer in an intensive course at the French Culinary Institute in NYC and worked as a sous-chef at the Greenwich, CT restaurant 'Jean Louis'. Watching Kelly cook is incredibly meditative; her knife work is seamless and she finds creative and sneaky ways to cut things into cubes and strips. I would consider her a ballerina in the kitchen, radiating poise and grace. If only she wore the matching tutu, then we could sell tickets to this spectacle.
Kelly learned this dish during her summer at culinary school. She likes it because it is an instant crowd pleaser. Try making it, and you will agree just by the looks of surprise on your friends' faces when they are given their bags! The combination of flavours is delicious in a simplistic way. What’s even cooler about this dish is that it can be completely modified to your liking. Throw anything inside the “bag”: your favourite herbs, vegetables, alcohol, sweets… whatever! If it cooks, it will work.
I was lucky enough to meet Kelly in our first year. From the first time we cooked together, it was apparent that Kelly had a culinary ability that was unparalleled with any students/people/aliens. Eating with her is the ultimate treat. Kelly thinks that the type of food that makes people gather together is the best kind. Although some her dishes have names longer than I can pronounce, her cooking is more about the simple act of bringing people together. Talented she is, food snob she isn’t!
So try this Poisson en Papillote (if you want to sound cultured and sophisticated, call it by its French name!), wow your friends, and impress yourself with how easy it was!