Chicago favorites with a French twist

September 10, 2009 10:26:39 AM PDT
The hit movie Julie and Julia has inspired a resurgence in French cooking. However, many home cooks are understandably intimated by complicated French recipes. And when you're cooking for your family, "fancy" dishes may not appeal to your children. But Chef Michel Bouit says you can add "the French twist" to many of your family's favorite dishes. He says it's quick and easy to prepare homemade gourmet food on a budget that the whole family will enjoy.

"The best food is always the simplest!" Chef Michel says. "Food that you purchase should always be the freshest and the finest, not necessarily the most expensive. French cooking relies on fresh, pure and natural ingredients - it's about applying the best method of preparation, use of ingredients and above all passion to showcase food at its best!"

Chef Michel says you can get started with these classic recipes for Salad Niçoise, Croque Monsieur and Ratatouille Niçoise, or you can prepare simple, alternate versions that youngsters will like. .

You can learn more about French cuisine and get some personal tips from Chef Michel on Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday September 23 at the "French Cooking Experience" at bespoke/cuisine at 1358 W Randolph St., Chicago. Part of event proceeds will be donated to The Land Connection. Details and Reservations: 312-455-8400 or bespokecuisine.com

To learn more about the chef, visit: www.atasteoffrancewithchefmichel.com/ or call 773.769.1790.

About Chef Michel Bouit

Chef Michel Bouit completed his culinary apprenticeship in his birthplace, the wine country of Burgundy, France. There he received his first professional accolade, a "Best Apprentice of France" nomination. After being in the kitchens of many fine restaurants throughout France and Switzerland, he accepted an executive chef position at the Hyatt Corporation. This opportunity at the young age of 19 brought him to Los Angeles. Next, he came to what has been his US home for four decades - Chicago, Illinois. During Chef Michel's first 20 years in Chicago, he served as the Exchange National Bank's Executive Chef & Director of Dining Services.

Since he first arrived in the U.S., Chef Michel has remained an active competitor, ACF-sanctioned international panel judge, coach and culinary event organizer in national and international competitions held in France, Moscow, Singapore and the United States. In addition to being a master chef and culinary educator, Chef Michel Bouit is also the President and CEO of Michel Bouit International, Inc. a gastro-travel company specializing in gourmet food tours throughout France.

Professional accolades:

President, International Order of Les Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier-USA / Ambassador & Member, Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Chicago / Honorary President, Bocuse d'Or USA / Life Member, American Culinary Federation / Member, World Association of Chefs Societies / Certified Executive Chef, American Culinary Federation / Fellow of the American Academy of Chefs / Past President, ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine / Past National Officer of the American Culinary Federation / Agent to: Ecole Nationale Superieure de la Patisserie / Winner: ACF "National Chef of the Year Award", International Culinary Olympics, Pan AmericanCulinary Olympics & Culinary Arts Salon.

French Cooking Experience

September 22 and 23
Bespoke Cuisine
1358 W Randolph St., Chicago.
312-455-8400 or
bespokecuisine.com


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