You, too, can cook like Paul Bocuse!
Sometimes in my travels, I run across things that I simply must share with the Bon Appétit Culinary Center community. Last week as the final days of summer came to a close on the French Riviera, I took a stroll through Cannes, a sparkling city by the sea, famed for its film festival and beach life.
This famous building mural in Cannes celebrates the film festival. It reminds me that one of America’s greatest exports is our entertainment. As I studied the mural, my eyes caught a billboard advertising Le Bonne Cuisine, authored by none other than Paul Bocuse.
Chef Bocuse is considered one of the greatest chefs of his generation, and I recently managed the kitchen competition day for the Bocuse d’Or competition for the U.S. representative. Seeing him in an ad for his cookbooks made me smile, thinking about the cruise I spent with Chef Jacques Pépin that week and how I marvel at a master who shares his talents by teaching them to others. The generosity of a master who shares through teaching, well, it’s something that you don’t see a lot of in the culinary world.
I hopped into a small bistro to have a plate of oysters and was not disappointed. I asked for the Belons and found out they were not in season. But not to worry – these local beauties did the trick! I followed them with some mussels and frites and a glass of Provence rosé.
This evening I was alone, no friends or guest chefs to accompany the meal. So I broke out my new book, the Fishmongers Manual (a fabulous fabrication Bible) and settled in for a feast – Cannes style.
– CHEF KELLY