Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gotham Dessert

Walnut custard, poached pears, walnut crumble, pear puree, maple gel, candied walnuts,
pear walnut cake, walnut ice cream, red ribbon sorrel

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dessert Special Hakkasan

Walnut cream, cardamom sponge, sesame powder, crystalized pine nut, sake gelee,
 lychee gel, black sesame ice cream, coffee ice cream, red ribbon sorrel 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lilly's Dessert Gotham

Coconut mousse, passion fruit cream, coconut biscuit, ginger citrus sorbet, lime meringue, ginger gelee, coconut powder, lime marshmallow 

Really well done Lilly!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Silicone Molds

The use of different shapes is essential in pastry. I really love using silicone molds. They offer both versatility and consistency. As you may already know from looking at my pictures...I really like spheres and dots. To get perfect spheres or hemispheres (half circles) you really should use silicone molds. When purchasing silicone molds there are a few things you must consider...what am I going to be molding? Is the mixture hot? Am I going to need to bake or freeze the item? How am I going to unmold the product? These are all questions you must ask yourself before deciding which type of mold to use. There are a few different places where I go to purchase my molds. JB prince in NYC has quite a large selection of nice molds. Another really great source is the Chicago Mold Making School. Here is a link to there geometric mold section of there online store.

Here is a picture of my favorite mold...The popup sphere mold...a single piece sphere no lines...really nice mold.

Friday, June 29, 2012

New Dessert

Mango custard, pineapple, coconut milk powder, carbonated kalamanzi gel, 
freeze dried mango,coconut sorbet, micro cilantro 

Dessert special at Hakkasan using ingredients on hand.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

New Dessert

"Blackberry in Textures"
Cremeux, fresh, cells, tuile, gel, mascarpone, argan, micro fennel, egyptian star, borage

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Marco's Dessert Special Gotham

Milk Chocolate coffee bavarois rolled in dehydrated lady fingers, dark chocolate cinnamon streusel, kahlua gelee, coffee caramel sauce, mascarpone ice cream, micro basil

Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Dessert

Maple custard, toasted hazelnuts, hazelnut powder,
burnt meringue, oatmeal ice cream

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Dessert

Cheesecake, poached rhubarb, lemon curd, rhubarb gel, graham cracker,
bay leaf ice cream, micro tarragon

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ice Cream Stabilizers

There are a host of different ice cream and sorbet stabilizers on the market today. A lot of companies sell "pre-mixed" stabilizers. When I say pre mixed I mean...there is usually more than one type of stabilizer and/or emulsifier included in the mix. A few common ice cream and sorbet stabilizer mixes that I have used are: Cuisine Tech's Cremodan 30 (Ice cream) and Cremodan 64 (Sorbet). These stabilizer mixes are very useful when creating frozen dessert recipes. They both help to minimize the formation of ice crystals, provide a creamy mouthfeel, provide excellent flavor release, as well as help heat shock stability (going in and out of your freezer during service). These are all very important factors to consider when choosing the right stabilizer mix. I have also used a lot of gelato stabilizer mixes from MEC 3. I really like the mouthfeel that these specific mixes provide. Some of my favorites are Tuttopan F50, Supergel, and Base Divina. Tuttopan F50 is characterized by the ability to disperse in a cold milk based solution. Meaning you don't have to heat your ice cream/gelato base to add your stabilizer. It also has a very pleasant flavor. To me it adds a hint of maltiness and vanilla to your mix. I was first introduced to supergel when I was working at per se. I fell in love with this particular sorbet stabilizer. I usually use this stabilizer in conjunction with water and fruit based sorbets. Supergel can be hydrated in either hot or cold water based mixes. It provides a very airy structure to your sorbet while still providing great flavor release and stability. When you think of making ice creams and sorbets you probably don't think of using alcoholic bases because of there lack of freezing properties. Base Divina helps your alcoholic base to freeze properly without the formation of ice crystals. I have made beautiful champagne sorbets, lemoncello granites, prosecco sorbets/granites using this stabilizer mix. When formulating your ice cream and sorbet recipes it is always important to add a percentage of stabilizer to the mix to insure a great mouthfeel, and prevent the formation of ice crystals. You can always buy pre mixed stabilizers or you may choose to formulate your own stabilizer mix, either way you are going to provide your guest with a higher quality product that is going to stand up over time in your freezer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New Desserts

Soft Chocolate, banana bread, chocolate crumble, banana brûlée, chocolate sauce,
chocolate ice cream

White Chocolate Bavarois, caramelized white chocolate cream, streusel, passion fruit seeds,
yuzu sorbet

Vanilla cremeux, mandarin orange curd, orange blossom gel, orange tuile, orange cells,
vanilla ice cream, lemon balm

Coconut Mousse, coconut milk powder, fresh pineapple, pineapple gel, basil seeds, lime sherbet, micro cilantro

Friday, March 2, 2012

New Dessert

Coconut mousse, freeze dried coconut milk powder, fresh pineapple, coconut gel, pineapple gel, basil seeds, lime sherbet, micro cilantro

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Special Dessert for Hakkasan

Devils food cake, walnut sabayon, crystallized walnuts, chocolate crumble, chocolate gel, shattered chocolate ice cream

Monday, January 30, 2012

1st Day

Today was my first day at work. I am the Restaurant Pastry Chef at the Fontainebleau Miami. I will be in charge of running the pastry departments at 2 of the hotels Signature Restaurants, Gotham Steak, and Hakkasan. I am very excited for this opportunity. Check back for updates!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Dessert

Goats milk bavarois, blood orange segments, buckwheat honey gel, candied orange zest, rehydrated reindeer moss, blood orange jus, dill

Friday, January 6, 2012

A few pics from Miami tasting

Soft chocolate ganache, banana bread, chocolate crumble, crystallized cashews, grated cashew, banana brûlée, chocolate ice cream

Maple custard, toasted hazelnut hache, oatmeal ice cream, maple syrup

Coffee mousse, crystallized walnuts, candied chestnuts, caramel espuma,
"shattered" chocolate ice cream