Award-winning dessert chef Eric Lanlard reveals his top tips for mastering sponges, cheesecakes and more in this program dedicated entirely to desserts. Today’s focus is the chocolate pud. Today, 5.30pm, LifeStyle Food.
Guests at the New York restaurant of bookmaker Louis Cropa include a local policeman and his wife, rival gangsters, a food critic and sous chef Duncan, who sets off an explosive chain of events. Monday, 10.15pm, Showtime Greats. the first floor and Bouchon Restaurant on the second. It’s due to open later this year on North Canyon Drive, with Rory Herrmann, previously head of the private dining kitchen at Keller’s world-famous Per Se in NY, serving as chef de cuisine. www.bouchonbakery.com; www.discoverlosangeles.com.
New York food highlights are too numerous to mention in the space of this column, so stay tuned for her Global Gourmet feature on best dining in the Big Apple in coming weeks. But she can report that one of New York’s most colourful adopted sons, Frenchman Florent Morellet, whose legendary diner in the Meatpacking District closed last year after succumbing to prohibitively high rents, is planning to open a new restaurant.
Morellet is in negotiation on a couple of possible locations in the more affordable Flatiron district in downtown Manhattan with a view to setting up a similar concept to Florent, his 24-hour eating house that attracted everybody from drag queens and hookers to politicians and celebrities during its 23-year reign. Its closure caused public outrage.
‘‘ I’mhelping Florent set up something else,’’ says high-profile restaurant and hospitality consultant Clark Wolf, who confirmed the new place would be ‘‘ very much like what he used to do . . . open all the time, straightforward, accessible and good-quality food with a twist’’. hopes the irrepressible Morellet signs on the dotted line soon and brings a bit of 1980s New York naughtiness back to the city. www.clarkwolfcompany.com; www.nycgo.com.
FIND of the week: Could Sydney’s Woollahra be the home of the world’s most glamorous butcher’s shop?
thinks so if the forthcoming opening of Victor Churchill in Queen Street is anything to go by. The new high-end retail arm of supplier Vic’s Premium Quality Meat will have a sleek and chic fitout by internationally renowned Michael McCann of Dreamtime Australia Design, including Himalayan salt brick walls and hairon-leather-clad walls in its kitchens.
An antique Berkel floor-standing meat slicer and an imported French bonnet rotisserie will be installed.
is intrigued to hear of a ‘‘ chook cam’’ wall display involving multiple video cameras trained on the daily special. She hopes the smallgoods have their Equity cards in order.
Vic’s Meat chief executive officer Anthony Puharich and his father Victor, who founded Vic’s as a small butcher store in Sydney’s Oxford Street in 1996, will get back behind the counter a few days a week at Victor Churchill, while Romeo Baudouin, former head chef at Sydney’s Prime and sous chef at Guillaume at Bennelong, will take charge of the charcuterie and rotisserie and prepare ready-to-go products. Victor Churchill will also stock homemade terrines, pates and parfaits. Says Puharich, ‘‘ European charcuteries and rotisseries have been doing this kind of thing for centuries so it’s timely that we caught on.’’ 132 Queen St, Woollahra; www.vicsmeat.com.au.
loves: Recognising unsung heroes, so she is sad to miss tomorrow’s Shared Table Event organised by Marieke’s Art of Cuisine at Cutler + Co in Melbourne’s Fitzroy, showcasing the work of up-andcoming-chefs. Sous chefs Brooke Payne from Momo, Josh Murphy from Cumulus, Anthony Simone from Simone’s in Bright, John Paul Twomey from Cutler + Co and Leilani Wolfenden of Comme are the stars of the show, putting together a Sunday degustation lunch that showcases their wide-ranging skills. Tickets are $180 a person, including drinks. (03) 9419 4888; www.mariekesartofliving.com.
loathes: That the Asian elephant is under threat due to loss of habitat and poaching. So she applauds Dilmah Tea for launching, through its Dilmah Conservation Organisation, the first long-term Asian elephant study aimed at helping find solutions for the survival of the elephant population. www.dilmahconservation.org. See Michelle Rowe’s ‘‘ Your place or mine?’’ feature in magazine, Friday, August 7.