Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Class Time with the Renowned Chef John Kraus

Chef John Kraus of the The French Pastry School in Chicago and one of the top chef's in the U.S. is in Austin for a few days to give demonstrations and classes for the "That Takes the Cake" competition. The Culinary Academy of Austin is allowing Chef Kraus to use our classroom to teach his three-day course on petit fours and our very fortunate class gets to sit in and learn from one of the best. What a rare opportunity!

The timing couldn't be more perfect since our class is right in the middle of learning about petit fours and french pastry. Observing Chef Kraus will definitely help supplement what we've learned and even demonstrate new techniques. We even get to keep the information packet with all of the recipes! He has made several things already, including soleils, raspberry macaroons (top photo), tarts, madeleines topped with a citrus glaze (right photo), earl grey ganache, mocha ganache and tons more.

Sadly, tomorrow will be his last day in our class. He has been a fantastic teacher and it makes me wish I could attend his classes at The French Pastry School. Chef Kraus is incredibly patient, calm, good-humored and incredibly kind for allowing our class to observe free-of-charge (I believe this class costs $800 to attend). I am extremely grateful to have the chance to learn from his expertise, it is truly an experience that will help bolster my culinary knowledge. Thank you Chef Kraus!!!

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