2000s Archive

Cooking Schools: Jean Georges Culinary Master Course

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I left the restaurant a few tiers above cloud nine. But I wondered: “Could I really do that?” I quickly dismissed any doubts, though. I knew that even if I never cooked like Jean-Georges, I would at least be able to turn out a couple of great cook-by-numbers meals. (212-299-1000; trumpintl.com; $8,999 for two, including three nights at the Trump International Hotel & Tower, breakfast, and one dinner at Jean Georges. For the record, gourmet paid $1,000 for a test-run of the cooking session only.)

What I Learned

A secret for broiling fish: Dip the flesh side only in cream, then spices, and finally flour. Broil in a pan with the coated side up. Don’t turn.

Biggest Surprise

Jean-Georges is known for light sauces infused with oils and other ingredients from around the world. Now that I’ve seen how he does it, the word fusion no longer sounds silly.

Before You Go

Arrange your session (held only at Jean Georges) based on one of the cuisines at any of the chef’s New York restaurants: Jean Georges (French), JoJo (Italian), Vong (Japanese), Spice Market (Asian), or Perry St (New American).


Watch a video of Jean-Georges Vongerichten making Squab à l’Orange.

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