Seymour Burton’s Old Beast of an Ice-Cream Maker Churns Away in the Basement

Not shown: ping-pong tables, Cheryl Tiegs poster, Jack Daniels tapestry.Photo: Melissa Hom


If the PacoJet is the ice-cream machine of the dessert avant-garde, then the old-fashioned, massive, nearly unbreakable Coldelite ice-cream maker is the 1972 Cadillac to the PacoJets 2008 Prius. At the very old-school Seymour Burton, chef Josh Shuffman inherited the machine from the restaurants former owner, Sammy Kader. We could never have bought one like this, he says. I dont even know how they got it into the basement. The Coldelite produces four ice creams a night: caramel, bourbon chocolate, vanilla, and a changing special usually blueberry or rum raisin. Like everything else at Seymour Burton, the ice creams couldnt be any simpler or less challenging, or any better. Not that Shuffman will take credit for it. Its all the machine. Im out of my depth! Im not a dessert chef. But the best you can do as a chef is to find something that works and stick to it.

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