The Great Chefs Pay Tribute to Their Even Greater Masters

andre soltner and bill peet

Andr Soltner and Bill Peet at Lutce, back in the day.Photo courtesy Citymeals-on-Wheels

Chefs, like Jedi Knights and Sith Lords, begin their careers apprenticed to a master, whom they eventually grow to replace. In the case of European chefs, these masters might cast a shadow over their whole career especially given that, unlike New York circa 2008, a chef might not get his own major restaurant until middle age. So Crme de la Crme, a huge benefit being held for Citymeals-on-Wheels on June 16, is particularly special for any student of transatlantic gastronomy. Our great chefs will be paying tribute to their mentors by cooking one of their signature dishes, and in some cases the chef will be there in person. So Bill Peet, of Patroon, will make a smoked-salmon mousse in tribute to his mentor, Andr Soltner, as well as a dish representing his own mastery in this case, smoked prawns with roasted tomato and mango vinaigrettes. Charlie Palmer will pay homage to Jean-Jacques Rachou; Daniel Boulud to George Blanc and Paul Bocuse; Tom Colicchio to Andr Daguin. Obviously, this is a cant-miss event for devotees of the old school, and were told that tickets are still available. Theyre $600 a pop and can be had via the event's Website.

Crme de la Crme: Americas Star Chefs Salute the Legends of French Cuisine [Official site]