- Chalone Estate Vineyard Chardonnay (Chalone Vineyard, Monterey County, California)
- Lisa and Andy weren't really happy with the wine choice, but it seemed to turn out okay
- We thought that the wine had a slightly stinky/sour nose and without food it wasn't oaky (that's good) but it wasn't a wine that Nick would drink without food
Food is all about the ingredients..... Chef Kevin DundonChef Kevin repeated some of the stuff that he usually says, but somehow it doesn't have the same-old-same-old effect that we've noticed with some of the other celebrity chefs. With him, it's like he's stating his firm beliefs about food (almost making it a mission to get people to eat better) whereas with some other chefs it feels more like selling than true belief.
Food shouldn't be complicated, you should taste what it is. A piece of fish should taste like fish... Chef Kevin DundonChef Kevin still gets his fish from Foley's in Boston (couldn't find the quality of fish that he wants in Central Florida - no surprise to us)... He also buys the last catch from the boats, it costs a bit more, but the fish is very fresh and thus very tasty. This was looking wonderful. As always, he's actually cooking!
When cooking fish in a skillet like this (he cooked it without any butter or oil), when it has cooked about 1/4 of the way up the thickness of the fillet (skin side down), flip it and finish cooking... add the butter and seasonings after it's doneChef says that you should visualize in your head what your dish is going to be like when you finish -- doesn't every cook worth a damn do this anyway?
Cooking is like everything else, you need to visualize the end result ... where you're trying to go, otherwise, how will you ever get there? ..... paraphrasing Kevin DundonThis was OH SO GOOD. The fish wasn't overcooked! It had a nice crust on the skin side. The green bean salad was a hit with all four of us. And of course, the mashed potato was excellent.
The wine paired well, I think it was all the butter and cream that made the wine taste better. Nick even said that he could drink it with the fish (in other words, the ickiness of the wine went away <grin>).
Our dessert was a lemon tart with meringue (not raspberry meringue by consensus at our table)...
Kevin does a lot of work with celiac disease in Ireland... and today, Sarah from Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW was in the audience, he called her up to the stage and made her a dessert that would meet her dietary needs... Flambeed berries in a bed of toasted meringues (sorry no photo of the dessert, but did get a photo of Sarah and Chef Kevin).Everything we had to eat was excellent (Lisa & Andy may HAVE to go to Raglan Road now, they still haven't been). Chef Kevin was entertaining and engaging - he just makes it fun. We're going to have to try one of his culinary dinners in the next year (give them another try)... we can't make the Food & Wine Festival dinner this year, already have plans. One last item of interest... Chef Kevin Dundon is going to be on PBS here in the U.S.! Beginning October 26, Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food will be on television... Don't know if we'll get it around here, but if he's as entertaining and engaging on television as he is in person, it will be a hit.