Friday, November 21, 2008
Style File: Test Kitchen
Some of South Florida's best chefs are getting together and experimenting with food and flavor, and the best part, you can be their guinea pig for a mind-blowing, imaginative dinner. Seven's Belkys Nerey makes reservations at a new test kitchen in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- This may look like your average, bustling restaurant kitchen, but one night a week, it turns into a experimental lab where food is tested just like a science project.
Chef Kurtis Jantz: "It keeps the adrenaline pumped up and keeps you thinking about food continuously."
Welcome to the Test Kitchen created by Chef Kurtis Jantz at Neomi's Grill inside the Trump International Beach Resort.
Every Friday night, Jantz recruits chefs from all over South Florida to experiment with food and share cutting-edge techniques.
Chef Jantz: "They bring their techniques with them, something they want to try that's new, and teach me something. At the same time, we have some techniques we want to teach them."
Alberto Cabrera, guest chef: "It's good when you're doing this kind of cuisine, to be able to share information."
During the week, the chefs dream up a 10 to 12-course menu and find ways to make ordinary dishes extraordinary.
But just like any experimental project, things can blow up in the lab.
Chef: "We have a lot of experiments go bad. That's why it's a test kitchen."
On Friday nights at an event being called Paradigm, the public gets the chance to be the guinea pigs. Guests are seated at an intimate chef's table where they'll be treated to the surprise menu.
Robin Prakash: "It's a blast of flavor in your mouth, and any given time, no matter what the description of the food item is, it blows you away."
Expect dishes like "turkey not pie," or instead of the traditional chicken cordon bleu, you might get a fried egg-cordon bleu.
Chef Jantz: "We've actually just lightly breaded the egg, and as you can see, it's soft boiled in the inside of it."
Steve Berke: "I never expected someone to take an entire egg and deep fry it and make it so special."
The chefs come out before each course to educate you on what you're eating and how it was prepared, and it's not just about the food, it's a great way to mix and mingle with new people in an intimate setting.
Camille Broderick: "I think it's a good amount of people, and the acoustics are good. You can talk and have fun."
So get together a research group and go for a taste test.
Paradigm is every Friday night at 7 p.m., and you must have a reservation. The cost is $85 a person.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
AT NEOMI'S GRILL INSIDE THE TRUMP INTERNATIONAL BEACH RESORT
18001 Collins Ave.
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160