During this past Thursday’s Food Lab, Cookology members spent their evenings recreating Chef Brian Huston’s ribollita and learning how to cook the perfect salmon and chicken breast! We finally reached our class on proteins and were thrilled to see that our members were as excited about it as we were!
Cookology execs tried a different organization of Food Lab this time around: we set up a ribollita station and a protein station, and members were split into two teams and switched stations at the halfway point. Members at the ribollita station learned about knife maintenance and the ideal knives/cutting boards, while those at the protein station discovered the importance of temperatures, timing, and herb flavorings.
Overall, this new organization went more smoothly than we had imagined! We were very happy to hear that our fellow chefs were walking away having learned new skills and facts (as well as to share a hearty staff meal together)!
Chef Brian Huston from Boltwood came in this past Thursday to teach our members how to make a wonderful ribollita (Tuscan bread soup) and pickled zucchinis with mustard seeds and turmeric. It was our first time using the demonstration kitchen so graciously provided by Whole Foods; the vastness and practicality of the space itself, as well as the organizational work put in by Whole Foods staff, made our evening go all the more smoothly!
Cookology members crowded around Chef Brian as he prepped and cooked the ingredients for his dishes, listening to his rigorous yet often humorous account of his culinary roots and career. We were thrilled to learn about the five-course dinners he cooked for his friends (*and past love interests*) shockingly using only one pot when he was in college! His experiences working with Charlie Trotter, and in the famed Blackbird and Publican in Chicago kept us on the edge of our seats — humoring, scaring, and inspiring us all at once!
We cannot thank Boltwood and Whole Foods Evanston enough for helping us put this demonstration together! Our members had a great time and will be dropping by Boltwood to catch a dinner in the near future!