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Sep
11
Ronny Smith
MCF Chef Serge Devesa’s Bouillabaisse
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Master Chef of France Serge Devesa with his famed Bouillabaisse

Master Chef of France Serge Devesa with his famed Bouillabaisse

Maître Cuisinier de France Serge Devesa recently joined the Willard InterContinental as Executive Chef. Chef Serge Devesa specializes French culinary traditions and will be looking to his background as inspiration in defining the hotel’s catering and banquet offerings, while overseeing the cuisine of Café du Parc. Chef Serge believes in using fresh, local ingredients and cooking traditionally, resisting modern short cuts. Before you learn how to make MCF Chef Serge Devesa’s Bouillabaisse, read on for a little background into his training and career.

A native of Marseilles, Chef Serge is trained in French, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine. His 24-year career is benchmarked by exceptional culinary creation, kitchen and service team management, and quality performance. He has successfully opened new restaurant operations, designs innovative menu offerings, and directs kitchen production operations. In 2013, Executive Chef Serge Devesa was named a Master Chef by the prestigious French Chef Association, Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. The organization preserves French kitchen traditions to ensure that the next generation has the skills to keep them alive. The organization is over 60 years-old and membership as Master Chef is one of that country’s highest honors.

Prior to joining the Willard, Chef Serge served as Executive Chef for InterContinental New York Barclay where he created exceptional culinary experiences for such notables as the President and First Lady of the United States, the United Nations Secretary General, foreign royals and heads of state. He worked on several community-based efforts to support local food banks including a Chefs of World Leaders cooking and tasting event at the Xavier Mission Food Pantry in New York. Prior to joining the InterContinental New York Barclay, Chef Serge served as Executive Chef for Colette Bar and Bistro at Hotel Sofitel, Minneapolis, where he gained considerable acclaim for his culinary artistry. While at the Sofitel, Chef Devesa also managed organization-wide chef services and providing world-class French and international cuisine to hotel guests and visiting dignitaries.

This bouillabaise recipe is special to him since it comes from his native Marseille.

Easy Bouillabaisse recipe

Maître Cuisinier de France Serge Devesa’s Bouillabaisse is said to be one of the best in the country

Ingredients

bronzini 2x 2oz
monk fish 2x 2 oz
red snaper 2 x 4 oz
mussel 6 pcs
shrimp 4 pcs
clam 10 pcs
tomato 1 large
mayonnaise 3 oz
onion 1 pc
garlic couple of cloves
celery 15 oz
thyme couple of branch
saffron 1/4 of oz
tomato paste 1 large spoom
fennel 1 pcs
parmesan 1 oz
potato 1 large cut in 6

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Instructions

Sautee the onion, fennel, garlic, and celery branch in olive oil.
Add bones cut into small pieces.
Sautee again for 10 minutes until the bones start to break apart.
Add saffron, tomato, tomato paste.
Sautee for a couple minutes more.
Deglaze with Pernod.
Add water or fish stock to cover.
Cook for one hour.
Pass in food mill, reduce and check the seasoning of the soup.
Poach the fish and seafood inside the soup until the fish is cooked.
Poach the potatoes in saffron water and add on top of the fish.
Serve in large dish or bowl with garlic, saffron mayonnaise, garlic crustini, and shredded Parmesan.

MCF Chef Serge Devesa at the entrance of Cafe du Park in Washington DC

Master Chef of France Serge Devesa at Cafe du Park

Cafe du Park

A truly authentic French restaurant experience

Discover a relaxing continental counterpoint to the busy pace of Washington, DC as you savor the fare at Café du Parc, featuring delicious French bistro cuisine and exquisite house-made patisseries. Reserve a table on the languid terrace or dine inside in a modern, sleek Parisian-style setting. Indulge in gourmet salads, sandwiches and regionally inspired entrees. Sip a glass of wine from our extensive wine list. Or simply satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our specialty pastries, cakes and confections made fresh daily.

The Willard Washington DC: An Intercontinental Historic Hotel

A most celebrated historic Washington DC hotel, the Willard InterContinental Washington, has been the focal point for elegant dinners, meetings, and gala social events for more than 150 years. An institution, this grand Washington DC historic hotel has hosted almostevery U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Martin Luther King finished his famous “I Have A Dream” speech while a guest at the Willard. Other notable guests have included Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, David Lloyd George, P.T. Barnum, Lord and Lady Napier, and countless others. Walt Whitman mentioned the hotel in his works; and Mark Twain penned two books here in the early 1900s. Throughout the ages, no phrase has raised eyebrows like “I’m staying at the Willard.”

Hotel Intercontinental at The Willard is located at 1401 NW Pennsylvania ave Washington DC, 20004-1010

Aug
7
Ronny Smith
Guy Reuge’s Chocolate Mousse Cake Mirabelle
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A simple and deliciou gluten free dessert: chocolate mousse

Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Cake recipe from French Master Chef Guy Reuge

Chef Guy Reuge was born in Saint-Lô in the Normandy region of northwestern France. He spent his childhood in Orléans, in the Loire River Valley and began his culinary adventures at 14 years old with his first apprenticeship. By age 17, he became involved with the Tour des Compagnons, which teaches students traditional trades.

By the time he was 20, Reuge was the personal chef for the director of the École Polytechnique, General Pierre Briquet. While there, he got to cook for French president Charles de Gaulle. Reuge came to the US in 1973 and began to work with some of the greats such as René Pujol, Maxwell’s Plum, Le Cygne, as well as Tavern on the Green. Reuge and his wife, Maria, who at the time was an editor at Gourmet magazine, began to plan their own restaurant. This became Mirabelle, it was situated in an old farmhouse in St. James in 1983. Twenty five years later, Lessing’s Hospitality Group invited Reuge to bring the Mirabelle aesthetic to Stony Brook’s Three Village Inn which now houses Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook Village.

In 2006, Les Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Society of Master Chefs) awarded Reuge their coveted Toque d’Argent, along with the title, “Chef of the Year.

When asked about his membership in the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France, Chef Reuge says “Being a member of the MCF since 1991 has helped me to become a better chef. Over the years I have tried to live my professional life at the highest level possible to match the very meaningful logo I wear on my jacket. I also became dedicated to teaching young people, and the rewards have so far met my expectation, thank’s to the MCF”

We asked Chef Reuge to tell us why he chose this recipe, he told us that “This is an homage to chef Jean Banchet who left us recently. He gave me this recipe years ago, and my love of chocolate has made me use this cake on my menu for years. I love it paired with a caramel-sea salt ice cream. In addition, this cake is gluten free… an omen.”

Ingredients

7 ounces Valrhona Manjari chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
5 egg yolks
1/4 cup Grand Marnier liquor
5 egg whites
8-inch round baking pan, butters and dusted with cocoa powder
Cocoa powder for garnish (Valrhona)

Method

Combine the chocolate and the butter in a large bowl set over a double boiler and let the chocolate melt.
In another bowl combine 3/4 of the sugar with the egg yolks and beat the mixture with an electric beater until a ribbon is formed when the beater is lifted.
Add the remaining sugar and the Grand Marnier to the chocolate mixture and combine it well.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the egg whites mixture until they form soft peaks.
Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture and then gently fold in the beaten egg whites. Transfer the cake mixture to the prepared baking pan. Fill a deep-sided baking pan 1/2 full with warm water in order to create a bain-marie (the water should reach about 2/3 the way up the baking pan), and bake the cake in a preheated 230F degree oven for 40 to 50 minutes. After the mousse cake is baked, let it cool, and transfer it to the refrigerator. Let the cake chill for about 12 hours before unmolding it.
To unmold the cake warm the pan slightly in hot water. Sprinkle the cake with cocoa powder, Keep it at room temperature for a least 1 hour before serving it.

About the Three Village Inn

The 3VI is a very old inn opened since the late 1,600. We have 21 bedrooms and suites, 2 dinning rooms, and a large catering facility.
Over the years I have dedicated myself on using exclusively American produced food (mostly from farms) except for truffles. We welcome people eating at the bar and created many small dishes to satisfy the demand. Tasting menu is also available and can be paired with an extensive wine list.

Mirabelle Restaurant & Tavern at The Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, New York, 11790