Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Where to buy tickets for the 2009 IACP Conference, Events Open to the Public

Here's the link to buy tickets online for open to the public events at the 2009 IACP Denver Conference.

If you wish to attend a tour, master class or special event Buy your tickets here.

Some of the master classes offered are:

Wednesday, April 1
"New Trends, New Techniques" Part I featuring chefs Nils Noren and Dave Arnold from the French Culinary Institute. Class will be offered at the Sheraton Downtown at 9am.
Fee: $100

Part II features celebrity chef Andoni Luis Aduriz from Award winning restaurant Mugaritz, in Spain. Class will be offered at the Johnson & Wales Kitchen Auditorium, at 2:00pm.
Fee: $100

Get both sessions for $180

Saturday, April 4
"Sourcing Sustainably for Culinary Professionals", featuring chef Michel Nischan and presented by the Culinary Trust.
2:00pm at the Sheraton Downtown

Fee: $25

"The Art and Science of Artisan Cured Meats: Salumi from the Inside", featuring Armandino Batali.

2:00 p.m.

Fee: $90

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Andoni Luis Aduriz in Denver

Andoni Luis Aduriz

After following studies at the Hotel Management School of San Sebastian, he worked with renowned cooks such as Ramón Roteta, Hilario Arbelaitz, Jean Louis Neichel, Juan Mari Arzak, Fermín Arrambide and Pedro Subijana. He was part of the El Bulli restaurant staff (1993-1994), directed by Ferran Adriá. In 1996, he was head chef at the three Michelin starred restaurant, Martín Berasategui. Since 1998, he directs Mugaritz restaurant (19/20 from Gault&Millau, 2 Michelin stars), chosen as the 4th best restaurant in the world in April of 2008 by the British magazine Restaurant.

Recognized by the international press as "(...) the most important gastronomic genius in the world of the latest times", he appears on the pages of prestigious magazines like the Swedish Gourmet, the french Gault&Millau, the New York Times, Saveur, Gambero Rosso, Food & Wine, the Japanese Cuisine Kingdom and Specialités, which devote a large space to analyze his working technology and cooking style.

In 2002 he received the National Gastronomy Prize of Spain. In 2003, he was awarded the Euskadi Prize of the best restauranteur by the Basque Academy of Gastronomy. The Lo Mejor de la Gastronomía guide named him “Best Cook of the Year” and “Best Baker of the Year.” In 2005 he received his second Michelin star. He received the best qualification of three suns by the Campsa guide.

He sits on the Board of Directors of Euro-Toques, an international organisation of cooks with more than 3,500 professionals from 18 countries, created in Brussels in 1986 by request of the President of the European Community at that time, Jacques Delors.

He is the creator of Diálogos de cocina, an international meeting organised by Euro-Toques. Moreover, he is the author of Papeles de Cocina, the official publication of Euro-Toques in Spain.

He collaborates with some newspapers (El País, Noticias de Gipuzkoa, etc.) by writting opinion pieces.

He is the co-author of the books La joven cocina vasca (1996), El mercado en el plato (1998) and Tabula Bacalao (2003). Inside the collection Tabula, he published Tabula huevo (2000) and Tabula 35 mm (2007). Furthermore, he is the author of the Cuadernos de Mugaritz collection, which includes the books Foie gras (2002), Clorofilia (2004) and Bestiarium Gastronomicae (2006). He is also the author of Txikichef (2006). In the collection Libros del Atajo, in 2007 he published the Diccionario Botánico para Cocineros.

Chef Andoni will be presenting an advanced cooking demonstration on the latest trends and techniques during the 31st IACP Annual Conference, on Wednesday April 1, from 2 pm - 4:30pm at the Johnson & Wales Kitchen Auditorium. For more information visit www.iacp.com. This class is open to both members and non-members.

IACP Conference in Denver: 3 classes open to general public

Denver will soon be hosting more than 1,000 culinary professionals from around the world for the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference, April 1 – 4, 2009.

Denver’s IACP members and other culinary professionals are truly rolling out the red carpet for us and we’re excited, in return, to share unrivaled access to some of the world’s top chefs through a variety of Advanced Level and Master Classes specifically designed to address new trends and advanced techniques. These include such famed culinary professionals as world-renowned Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz from Mugaritz in Errenteria, Spain; Chefs Nils Noren and Chef David Arnold of the French Culinary Institute; and Armandino Batali, patron saint of artisan cured meats from Salumi.

For the first time, IACP is opening a few classes to non-members. Whether you're a culinary student, a chef or culinary professional in Colorado or anywhere in the World, do not miss the unique opportunity to participate in the following classes:

Date: Wednesday April 1
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Place: Sheraton Hotel

“New Techniques in Cooking”
Presenters: Chefs Nils Norén and Dave Arnold, French Culinary Institute, New York

From the legendary French Culinary Institute in New York City, we are excited to present chefs Dave Arnold and Nols Norén in this class where the most recent cooking techniques will be demonstrated. The use of low-temperature cooking, sous vide, hydrocolloids, and other newer culinary techniques and ingredients will help you improve the way you cook. Participants will get a first-hand look into these techniques and equipments, as well as tastings of the products resulting from these methods. The FCI is one of the few culinary schools in the USA to offer classes in Culinary Technology, and this is a very unique and exclusive opportunity to participate in this class outside of New York city.

Date: Wednesday, April 1
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: Johnson & Wales University

New Trends: Vegetables on Center Stage
Presenter: Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mugaritz, Errentería, Spain

Featuring one of the top chefs in the planet, we are proud to feature chef Andoni Luis Aduriz, whose two-star Michelin restaurant Mugaritz, in Errentería, Spain, has been named #4 in the world. Chef Andoni recently presented in Tokyo Taste and Madrid Fusion, and now he arrives in Denver to share with us his expertise on the latest trends. Chef Andoni will be preparing live 8 of Mugaritz's creations utilizing the most advanced culinary techniques and ingredients.

Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Place: Johnson & Wales University

The Art and Science of Artisan Cured Meats: Salumi from the Inside
Presenters: Armandino and Marilyn Batali, Salumi, Seattle

What a unique opportunity this master class provides, to learn directly from one of the country’s patron saints of artisan cured meats, Armandino Batali, founder and Principal Salumist of Seattle’s celebrated Salumi. This tiny lunchbox of a restaurant/deli in the city’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood is a Mecca for devotees of salami and other cured meats. There’s an omnipresent line of customers happily waiting for a sandwich of porchetta or cotecchino, or to pick up an order of sliced hot soprassata or culatello to go. The roughly 2000 pounds of cured meats made here each week are sold to walk-in customers, as well as restaurant chefs, delis and salumi enthusiasts across the country.

Salumi’s Seattle production facility manages to blend state-of-the-art processes with deep dedication to the hand-crafted traditions of salumi. Batali will share with class attendees in-depth information about the science of meats and what exactly transpires in the course of the curing process. He will address different styles of curing and explain each stage in the progression from raw meat to sublime salumi. Important issues such as USDA regulations and meeting integrated quality standards (such as HACCP) will be covered. In addition, Batali will share insights on educating and inspiring consumers about this world of artisan cured meats. His demonstration will feature a cotto salami (coarsely ground pure pork with pepper and spices), with detailed descriptions and samples of other cured meats from the Salumi repertoire.

For registration information, check out our website at www.iacp.com

Monday, March 02, 2009

Sven Mill goes West with his Royal Blue

The launch of IACP’s cookbook For the Love of Food was held in Dallas 2005 during the IACP Conference. As one of the contributing authors from Europe, Sven went over for the book signing. On the way he made a stop in Chicago and visited Art Smith, who earlier that year had been to the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Grythyttan, Sven’s home village. The two souls had found each other around the buffet table of game, various salmon dishes and blue cheese. Sven served an opening dinner at the medieval castle in Örebro. Later the same year he was one of the local hosts of the IACP Culinary Experience to Grythyttan and Sweden.

Art and Sven met again when Gourmand Awards was celebrated in Beijing 2007. Sven gave a work shop on blue cheese and air dried game. Now Art invited Sven to come over again and back to Chicago. Art was about open his restaurant Table 52. Art introduced this gifted craftsman to some selected persons. To Mike McCloskey it was obvious the skills of Sven were perfect for further developing business opportunities and quality cheese at Fair Oaks Farms.

Fair Oaks Farms is owned by 9 local dairy farm families, one of which is the McCloskey family. Located in Northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago, it is one of the largest dairy farms in the country. Fair Oaks Farms is home to some 30,000 dairy cows. Fair Oaks Farms also opens its’ farm to visitors so they can see for themselves 21st Century dairy farming and processing at work. Environmentally sound farming practices are used to protect the soil and water for future generations; and more than 3,000 acres are set aside to protect the streams and watersheds, while providing habitat for wildlife. All cow manure is processed in anaerobic digesters to become methane gas and ultimately electricity to power the farms and milk processing plants.

Now Sven is starting up production of his famous Royal Blue Cheese and also smoking and air drying local game and making spicy sausages. So far the reactions from restaurateurs in Chicago and Washington have been very positive. Now the rumor of a terrific new cheese has started to resonate among the thousands of visitors that come to Fair Oaks Farms about the marvelous Royal Blue…

Back in 1972, Sven started his professional career in the kitchen of Loka Brunn, a Swedish resort that got its royal privilege from King Adolf Fredrik in 1632. He formed his own company Mills Ost & Vilt. Many of the products from Sven’s personal production were used by Michelin stared restaurants and others in Sweden. He became an important contributor to the chefs of the New Nordic Cuisine era. Mills Cheese & Game produced wonderful offerings from the region’s bountiful supply of wild and fresh resources. His Royal Blue was an ecological cheese crafted from cow’s milk. During many years Sven delivered a buffet to His Royal Highness the King of Sweden in celebration of the Swedish National Day. Now he has sold the Swedish branch and put all his creativity into developing tasty product for the US market.