Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Chef Brooke Vosika: A Culinary Lesson
Forget all of those expectations with Executive Chef Brooke Vosika of the Four Seasons Hotel. Though Chef Vosika has worked for various Four Seasons properties for the last 25 years, his passion does not appear to have dimmed at all. He is concerned about sustainability, and also helps to give back to the community, especially through programs designed to educate young people about local food and nutritition. This is not a chef who "phones it in." This is a chef who still has a deep love for food and wine, who still immensely enjoys culinary endeavors. Chef Vosika was impressive on multiple levels.
The Small Boston Kitchen, Rachel of Fork It Over, Boston, Megan of Delicious Dishing, Meghan of Travel, Wine and Dine, William of The Boston Foodie, Michelle of Fun & Fearless in Beantown, Fiona of A Boston Food Diary, and Aimee of The Apron Archives.
Much of the cooking class was a demonstration by Chef Vosika of how to prepare two different dishes: Bay Scallop Chowder and Chicken & Truffle Dumplings. During the demonstrations, we also got to sample other tasty dishes prepared by the rest of the culinary staff. Plus, there was wine to accompany the food, including a couple made by Chef Vosika himself! A chef who makes his own wine certainly intrigues me. We got to taste his Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, both which were simple but pleasant wines.
Overall, this was a fun, educational and tasty event. Chef Vosika makes an excellent instructor, being very personable, down to earth and witty. Chef Fonseca was also a good instructor. It was eye-opening to learn more about Chef Vosika, and I will be following up with him on a couple of matters, which you will read about here in the near future. I recommend taking one of his upcoming cooking classes, especially if you get a group of friends to take it together.
Cooking classes at the Four Seasons cost $140 per person, and include including light fare, beverages, applicable taxes and gratuity. Upcoming classes include: Perfect Pasta & Sauces on March 1 and May 11, Sushi & Sake For Couples on April 6, and Summer BBQ on June 16.
Sake? Mmmmm, I wonder who is doing their pairings.