For one perfect afternoon while in France I cooked alongside four of my favorite females under the direction of Chef Gerald. It was extraordinary. We assembled a two-course meal that included boning and filleting fish, making stock out of the bones, honing our knife skills while making an exquisite ratatouille, turning fresh basil into an incredible puree, and using liquid nitrogen to produce our fresh strawberry dessert.
You know my tagline is ‘wear good clothes, eat good food, love those around you’, and anytime I get to spend in the kitchen, particularly with those I hold close is most precious to me. I love the idea of passing on a love of cooking and caring for others by providing healthy delicious food and good times around the table with the next generation. Chef Gerald had cooked for us before, five years ago while in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. This trip we booked him for a cooking class and a seated five course dinner for ten through www.onlyprovence.com. He was absolutely terrific on both occasions, highly recommend.
It’s the last Friday in June, we’re back in the states, and I’m going to keep this good thing going by making a scratch crutch strawberry rhubarb pie.
Have a wonderful summer weekend, and hoping you too get to spend some time cooking for those you hold close.
All photos by Maxwell Collins on Instagram @maxyny.com.