Week 2

Having spent her first week at acclaimed restaurant Atelier Crenn, Emily’s second week in San Francisco brought even more exciting experiences both in the Michelin-starred kitchen and in the Californian city.IMAG0641

With her two weeks in San Francisco now complete, Emily had a chance to reflect on how working with a new and very different team brought her new experiences, skills and cooking techniques. What was particularly interesting for her was the level of preparation work involved in creating the unique menu at Atelier Crenn. Whilst working hours weren’t too different to what she was used to back in England, the restaurant only served a dinner menu, meaning much of her time was spent preparing the ingredients throughout the day. She was inspired by just how hard the Atelier Crenn team worked, and found it extremely insightful learning these new preparation skills and new cooking techniques.

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It’s these new skills that have, of course, been a particular highlight for Emily. Atelier Crenn is a twice Michelin starred restaurant and Emily was able to find out exactly how much work and effort goes into preparing a dining experience of this calibre. The carrot jerky was one dish that stood out for the Stagiaire winner, being an ingredient that took 4 day to cure, marinate and dry out. Needless to say, the end product was outstanding and well worth the effort that went into its creation. Another stand-out dish from her time at Atelier Crenn was the jelly fish – which was wholly new for Emily and something that she enjoyed trying.

Whilst her work in the Atelier Crenn restaurant was a rewarding and inspiring experience, Emily still found time to enjoy herself in San Francisco and see more of the exquisite sights on offer in this famous city. On recommendation from her colleagues, she ate dim sum in China Town, visited the Japanese Tea Garden at the Golden Gate and, of course, took a ride on the famous San Francisco cable cars.

On her last day in the city, the Atelier Crenn team invited Emily to dinner at the restaurant to enjoy the dining experience. The restaurant is famed for its poetic menu and intricately detailed dishes, of which Emily was grateful and honoured to have the chance of tasting. While virtually impossible for her to pick her favourite dish from the menu, her particular highlights were the lobster bisque with bone marrow, sweetbreads and sea grapes, as well as the squid dish, with smoked potato puree, ham and truffle broth served with buckwheat crackers.

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With a heartfelt thanks to the Atelier Crenn kitchen and particular thanks to Chef Chris Bleidorn and Chef Dan Beal (Emily will miss your English accent), Emily now moves on to Zighy Bay in Oman for her next stage. We’re sure that it will be another unforgettable experience, and look forward to hearing more about her trip.

What exactly has Emily been up to and what has she been learning with the celebrated American chef?

Of course, the Chef Stagiaire Award is all about giving young chefs the opportunity to learn new techniques and to give them the chance to work with experienced chefs and acclaimed restaurants. And for Emily, this has been a particular highlight in her first week at Atelier Crenn. Describing the kitchen as like no other place she has worked, Emily has experimented with new techniques in her first week. From making pearls with liquid nitrogen for a grains dish and using a dehydrator to make meringues for a salad, it has certainly been an interesting and invaluable time so far.

As well as learning new techniques and skills, Emily has been given the responsibility of preparing the fish dish for the duration of her 2 week stage. This dish is an exquisite Japanese fish dish, paired with pickled beetroot, baby turnips, turnip puree, tempura turnip leaves and snow.

2Alongside preparing the fish dish, Emily has been learning more about the complex and exclusive menu at Atelier Crenn. With just twenty dishes on the menu, she has found it both interesting and unusual preparing a smaller and more intricate menu. While host to fewer dishes, each plate is exquisitely presented and contains a wide variety of components – for example, the mussel dessert has fifteen different components to it (which Emily is hoping she will learn by the time she leaves!).

Undoubtedly, working at Atelier Crenn has already been an once-in-a-lifetime experience and Emily is looking forward to her second week at the restaurant before flying to Oman to stage at Zighy Bay. But whilst she has been working hard with Dominique and the team, she’s also had time to fit in some sightseeing in the Californian city. On Monday, she was able to visit the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, the vibrant Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Alcatraz. Emily is having a wonderful time exploring the beautiful city, and is particularly enjoying the rich history of the amazing city – and she only wishes that she had more time to explore!

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Emily’s First week in San Francisco

Dominique-CrennAs the winner of the Chef Stagiaire Award, September announced the start of Emily Greenough’s all expenses paid trip around the world to stage with two globally renowned restaurants – Atelier Crenn in San Francisco and Zighy Bay in Oman. San Francisco is the first stop on Emily’s international stage, and the talented young chef is currently working in Dominique Crenn’s critically acclaimed restaurant and two Michelin starred Atelier Crenn.

Emily flew out to San Francisco on the third of September and has been busy not only working hard in the Atelier Crenn kitchen, but also sightseeing within the Californian coastal city.

 

Final Stage for Emily

IMG_8928eAs a finalist of Chef Stagiaire, Emily will be going to The Final stage at Dinner by Heston under Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts on Monday 16th June. Here, she will spend a week alongside the second finalist, Chris Johnston, and Ashley Palmer-Watts will ultimately make the decision of who wins this prestigious award.

Regardless of whether or not Emily wins the Chef Stagiaire Award, the young chef has shown remarkable skill, passion and dedication to her cooking career. As well as impressing the judges in the Paper Submission round with her creative menu choices, she made an extremely positive impression on her stage host restaurant. For these reasons, we look forward to following what we’re sure will be a successful career for Emily in the years to come.

 

Arbutus

London,Soho,Your Best LondonEmily’s stage week at Arbutus brought her high praise and earned respect from the Head Chef. From working long hours to showcasing her technical skills and wide ranging cooking ability, Emily impressed her host restaurant with her enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Her energy in the kitchen prompted Tom Duffil to in fact offer her a job, as well as comment that she had been “absolutely brilliant”. Her attitude, appearance and her skill was certainly appreciated by the Head Chef, whogave her near perfect scores for each category.

With her successful week spent at Arbutus, Emily’s top scores ascertained her place in The Final.

What’s next for Emily?

Second Round of Chef Stagiaire

The Stages

emily_pic1Having progressed to the second round of Chef Stagiaire, Emily spent a week stage at Michelin starred Arbutus in London. Here, she worked under Head Chef Tom Duffil as one of the team, preparing and creating dishes at this prestigious Soho restaurant. As well as staging at Arbutus, she also had to prepare and present the menu she submitted during the Paper Submission to be judged by the Head Chef himself. And here is what another dish looked like.

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