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Seabass Ravioli With Stewed Mussels and Clams

Seabass Ravioli With Stewed Mussels and Clams Ingredients (Serves 4) 300 gr (about 1-3/4 cup) semolina flour 3 eggs 250 gr (about 9 ounces) seabass 100 gr (about 3.5 ounces) mussels 100 gr (about 3.5 ounces) clams olive oil salt cream parsley Method Prepare the fresh hand-made pasta, mixing the eggs, the semolina flour, and the olive oil last, and let the dough stand for 30 minutes. Prepare the sea bass, cooking in a pan and add a pinch of flour and some cream. Prepare the ravioli, rolling out the dough until it is paper-thin. Cut squares from the...

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Interview with French Master Chef Hervé Laurent

During 1996, I was fortunate to meet French Master Chef Hervé Laurent, while attending a class at Le Cordon Bleu in London with my good friend Brenda Hill. We were so impressed with his teaching skills, methods, and personality, that we developed and maintained a friendship, featured him in our first book, Our Love Affairs with Food & Travel, and then worked with him on a book of tips, Cooking Secrets, The Why and How… As we watched Hervé advance from Le Cordon Bleu to the Paul Bocuse Institute of Culinary Arts to having his own successful school in...

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Chef Mavro is Five Diamond Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  Lobster in a French Southeast Asian inspired broth of local lemongrass and kaffir lime, with tamarind, green papaya and a wedge of kurobuta pork belly. © Marc d’Entremont www.travelpenandpalate.com “I’m not a French chef,” says Marseilles born George Mavrothalassitis, “I’m a Frenchman who’s a chef.” This is not self modesty but a succinct definition of what has made his Honolulu venue, Chef Mavro, one of only two Mobil Five Diamond restaurants in the state of Hawaii. As a founding chef of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, it is not a stretch for chef Mavrothalassitis to create menus influenced by...

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Trends – Food and Design – A City That You Can Eat

by Chef Hervé Laurent Earlier this year, Marc Bretillot, famous French designer, presented in Central America a piece of art called, “A city that you can eat.” The School of Culinary Arts, Central America (SCARTS) and its students collaborated with Guest Chef, Georges Riveiro, of the University of Art and Design, Reims, Champagne, France and French Master Chef Hervé Laurent, owner of School of Culinary Arts Central America. As a result, this event was presented to the public at the hotel Crown Plaza, San Salvador, Central America. Two days were necessary to prepare everything at the school and then...

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Cruising with French Master Chef Hervé Laurent on Seabourn

by Chef Hervé Laurent In the past, I’ve been privileged to be the celebrity chef on different cruise lines. When Seabourn invited me to cruise with them as Guest Celebrity Chef to Venice and the Adriatic Sea, I was delighted. Seabourn is owned by Carnival, the largest cruise line company in the world, yet is able to keep its own identity and market. It is a small ship, a “luxury yacht,” with a maximum of 200 guests. This results is better service and finer food. My culinary event included a cooking demonstration with degustation, wine and cheese tasting and, most...

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Raffles: Where Extraordinary Luxury Is Expected

by Maralyn D. Hill Raffles in Singapore had been on my dream list for years, based on movies and books. On my first visit to Singapore in 1989, my hopes were dashed, as it was closed for renovations. But all was forgiven when I returned in 2001  to enjoy its classic charm, attention to detail, wonderful history and naturally, a Singapore Sling. During our initial Singapore visit, not at Raffles, my husband and I spoke with the grandson of the bartender who allegedly invented the classic Singapore Sling. He proudly made our drinks (they were good) and later we...

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