Luxury Experience - The Online Resource for the Discerning Consumer
Home | Testimonials | Who We Are | Contact Us | Subscribe | Links | Media Kit
Home
Destinations
Hotels and Resorts
Spas
Restaurants
Chefs' Recipes
Liquor Cabinet
Wine Cellar
Music Scene
Adventures
Fashion
Arts and Antiques
Performances
Luxury Products
Publisher's Notes
Awards
Events
Gastronomy
Travel News
Subscribe
Site Search


Chef Andre Soltner Recipes - French Alsatian Classics - New York Culinary Experience PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Andre Soltner - International Culinary CenterCooking with Chef André Soltner, Dean of The International Culinary Center, and former Chef-Owner of the legendary New York French restaurant, Lutèce during the 2014 New York Culinary Experience hosted by New York magazine culinary editor Gillian Duffy and International Culinary Center CEO and founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton was a most memorable culinary highpoint for me. Chef André Soltner graciously shares a delicious taste from the class with his recipe for Tartare de Saumon with Sauce Gribiche.

 

The New York Culinary Experience celebrated its 6th anniversary in 2014. Luxury Experience celebrated its 3rd anniversary attending this annual one-weekend only, 2-day "culinary camp for foodies." With over 33 participating chefs offering master cooking classes providing attendees with the opportunity to experience 4 classes with renowned chefs over the course of 2 days, it  should have been difficult to select only 4 classes. However, for me, the choice was very easy; I knew that I wanted to take a class with Chef André Soltner, Dean of The International Culinary Center, and former Chef-Owner of the legendary New York French restaurant, Lutèce for 34 years.

Very few restaurants can achieve legendary status, Lutèce, was one such restaurant, and although I never had the opportunity to dine there under Chef André Soltner's reign, (1961 until he sold it in the mid 1990's), I remember reading about it and hearing the restaurant's name spoken with a hushed reverence from the mouths of foodies. In today's world of restaurant revolving doors, with enthusiastic openings followed by quick closings, it is indeed remarkable that Lutèce was able to maintain its staying power for 34 years, earning the restaurant and Chef André Soltner numerous awards including a four-star rating from The New York Times. I had heard that part of the restaurant's success was not only due to his incredible talent in the kitchen, but also in part due to his dedication, and that of his wife's, to making their clientele's experience memorable. He was a culinary "rock star" before there was such a thing, coming out of the kitchen and greeting his guests.

Chef André Soltner has received more than 25 awards in his career including the French government's prestigious Légion d'honneur and Officier du Mérite National, the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and the Chevalier du Mérite Agricole, to name but a few. He joined The International Culinary Center in 1995.

Watching, learning, and cooking alongside this dynamo born in Alsace, France who has retained his charming accent, I learned that he is the quintessential master chef as well as instructor. He has the ability to translate his passion, dedication, and skill to encourage those he teaches, whether they are a novice or more experienced.

He taught the class by telling stories about the background of the recipes, and also about his life growing up in Alsace France, where depending on the politics of the time, was either French or German.  Having stood over a stove for more than 65 years since his apprenticeship at the Hôtel du Parc in Mullhouse, France he still enjoys what he does, cooking, and sharing his passion.

Chef Andre Soltner - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef André Soltner at the Stove

Chef André Soltner graciously shares a delicious taste from the class with his recipe for Tartare de Saumon with Sauce Gribiche.

The Menu from the New York Culinary Experience 2014

French Alsatian Classics from Chef André Soltner

Tartare de Saumon, Sauce Gribiche
Cote de Veau Pojarski aux Épinards, Sauce Périgourdine

Tartare de Saumon - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience 

Tartare de Saumon
Salmon Tartar

Serves 8

Chef André Soltner writes, "I was already working in America, but the first time I ever saw this dish, I was in Paris, at the Brasserie Flore. I think they made it exactly like beef tartare, which is usually called steak tartare, except made with salmon instead of beef.

When I returned to New York, I tried it that way. Then I tried adding some raw salmon to smoked salmon and steaming it a little. I liked it much better. All the other ingredients are what you find in most steak tartare recipes."

Tartare de Saumon Ingredients:

1.5
Pounds
Filler of Salmon, skin removed
4
Ounces
Smoked Salmon
0.5
Teaspoon
Salt
   
Ground Pepper, to taste
0.25
Cup
Olive Oil, French light olive oil preferred
2
 
Egg Yolks
8
Drops
Tabasco Sauce
0.5
Cup
Chopped Onion
0.5
Pound
Lettuce, or another salad green
1
 
Hard Boiled Egg, separate white from yolk, and finely chop each and keep separate
3
 
Cornichons (small French gherkins), chopped
2
Tablespoons
Chopped Parsley

Method: Remove any fat from the salmon, then cut into large pieces. Put the fillet of salmon in a food processor and process in short bursts until the salmon is coarsely chopped. Put the salmon in a bowl.

Chef Andre Soltner - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Cutting the Salmon

In a vegetable steamer, steam the smoked salmon for 3 minutes, covered. Flake the smoked salmon into small pieces, and add it to the bowl.

Processing Salmon - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Process the Salmon

With a wooden spoon, gently mix the smoked salmon and the fresh salmon. Then gently mix in the salt, pepper, oil, egg yolks, Tabasco, and half of the onion.

Chef Andre Soltner - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Fold in the Smoked Salmon

Arrange the lettuce leaves on 8 plates. Divide the salmon mixture into 8 portions, place each portion in a ring mold and place it the center of each plate. Unmold the salmon, and garnish with the remaining chopped onion and with the chopped hardboiled egg.

Chef Andre Soltner - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Chef André Soltner Molding the Salmon

Note: This dish may also be served as an "amuse-bouche" on triangles of buttered toast.

Caution: This recipe uses raw egg yolks, so there is a risk of salmonella contamination. Please use only farm-fresh eggs that have been kept refrigerated. This precaution notwithstanding, you prepare this recipe at your own risk.

Sauce Gribiche Ingredients - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Sauce Gribiche

Sauce Gribiche

Ingredients:

1
Cup
Mayonnaise
1
 
Hardboiled Egg, separate white from yolk and finely chop each and keep separate
0.2
Teaspoon
Fresh Tarragon, chopped
1
Tablespoon
Chopped Cornichons (small French gherkins)
0.5
Tablesoon
Capers, chopped
0.5
Tablespoon
Shallots, chopped
1
Pinch
Cayenne Pepper

Method: With a wooden spatula, gently mix all the ingredients. Serve with Tartare de Saumon.

Read about this class, and about the other classes in the Gastronomy section and interviews and recipes from the other classes in the Chefs' Recipes section.

Chef Andre Soltner with students Debra Argen and Charleen Hunt - New York Culinary Experience - photo by Luxury Experience
Debra Argen and Charleen Hunt
Thanking Chef André Soltner

Follow Luxury Experience on Facebook to listen to interviews with the chefs and see more photos from the event. www.Facebook.com/LuxuryExperience

For information on attending The New York Culinary Experience 2015, please visit the New York magazine website: www.NYmag.com.

For information on The New York Culinary Experience 2015 as well as information on taking classes throughout the year with the excellent chef instructors at The International Culinary Center at their New York, California, or Italian Campuses, please visit the website: www.InternationalCulinaryCenter.com

New York mag

New York Media (New York magazine)
75 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013
United States
Telephone:           +1-212-508-0700
To Subscribe:       +1-800-678-0900
Website:               
www.NYmag.com  

The International Culinary Center

The International Culinary Center, founded as The French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway
New York, New York 10013
United States
Toll-Free Telephone:  +1-888-324-2433
Email:
         This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    
Website:    www.InternationalCulinaryCenter.com  

The International Culinary Center of California
700 West Hamilton Avenue
Campbell, California 95008
United States
Toll-Free Telephone:             +1-866-318-2433
Email:
         This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it                    
Website:     www.InternationalCulinaryCenter.com      

© April 2014. Luxury Experience. www.LuxuryExperience.com. All rights reserved. 

 
< Prev   Next >
Home Performances Luxury Experience Company
Destinations Hotels and Resorts Spas Restaurants Chefs' Recipes Site Map...
Liquor Cabinet Wine Cellar Music Scene Adventures Fashion Arts and Antiques
Luxury Products Publisher's Notes Awards Events Gastronomy Travel News

Luxury Experience Company
Luxury Experience - Like Us On Facebook

 

 

 


All copyrights reserved, Luxury Experience Company.
44 Amogerone Crossway #1573, Greenwich, CT, 06830, USA +1.203.358.9701
Luxury Experiences, Products, Services
A Host Matters Website