Friday, 7 September 2012

36 Ways to Live with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, Asian Food Channel, premiering September 12, 2012

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

The Chef in Black is back.  Even better, he’s out of mourning and bursting with color. Recently I had the chance to meet Belgian Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, when he showcased his new cooking program for the Asian Food Channel.  36 Ways to Live will feature recipes that are close to his heart - food from his childhood, his first successes, classic French dishes and his own personal personal favourites.     

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine


I wasn’t quite sure what to expect; after all, Chef Emmanuel is a celebrity and fame can go to the head.  It turns out that spending time with him is like bumping into an old friend who invites you into his kitchen, then shares stories and secrets with you.  He also laughs mightily at his own jokes (especially when he’s laughing at himself!)  All the while he keeps working away to conjure up a taste of perfection seemingly without effort or fuss.  The kitchen for this show is state-of-the-art, and it's provided by Signature Kitchens, Kota Damansara. Thanks to Pierre Barroy for the following images.

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Chef chose to demonstrate one of his own popular creations, Pan-fried Foi Gras with Caramelized Apple and Port Sauce.  

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet CuisineAsian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

The sauce was made with caramelized vegetables deglazed with balsamic vinegar and passed through a sieve. The resulting puree was mixed with veal jus and reduced. Brandy, port and red wine were added separately and flambéed after each addition. Finally, the sauce was whisked at high speed to add foam.  

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

As he was cooking, Chef shared tips galore, for example, it’s crucial to use a frozen foi gras, as a fresh goose liver would spoil before it reached Malaysia.  

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Heating the knife before slicing the liver ensures a smooth, straight cut.

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

When heating the butter and oil to sauté the liver, wait until the butter browns slightly around the edges of the pan before adding the meat.  This will ensure the perfect temperature to crisp the outside of the liver without overcooking the centre. 

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

The foi gras was served on a rectangle of puff pastry topped with green apple, and covered with a generous portion of the foamy sauce.  It was divine.  The crisp foi gras revealed a soft, warm heart complemented perfectly by the rich, sweet and sour sauce.

After this delicious sample we were invited to watch the first episode of 36 Ways to Live, which I enjoyed very much.  Chef’s easy, relaxed delivery and wealth of knowledge about food and food preparation provides entertainment and information.  Certainly this show will bring 5 star cooking into our living rooms and we may even be tempted to try some of the gourmet recipes ourselves.  In the first episode, Wonderful, Classical, French, Chef Emmanuel demonstrates how to prepare Seafood Bouillabaisse with Scallop Mousse, Roasted Halibut with Turned Vegetables and Beef Tournedos Rossini.  The titles of future episodes include: My Kind of Home Food, It’s all about Belgium, Childhood Memories, and Going Green.

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine
 
There will be 12 episodes in all, each featuring 3 recipes.  Chef Emmanuel will take us into the kitchens of his highly successful restaurants in Singapore, and in one episode, he’ll invite us on a picnic.  He is an avid yoga practitioner, and we will be able to see him teaching yoga to his staff.

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

What do you think?  Shall we have a little dance?

Asian Food Channel cooking show, Celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, International Gourmet Cuisine

Oh yes, let's show them how to polka!

Reason to Watch:  To be entertained by the knife skills of a handsome chef while salivating over the delicious food, and to pick up tips that will be useful in your own kitchen.  

36 Ways to Live premiers on Wednesday, September 12 at 9:30pm on the Asian Food Channel (Channel 703 on Astro), and recipes from the show will be available on their website:
For more information about Chef Emmanuel, please visit his website:

10 comments:

  1. He makes it look so easy to cook! Love his pink t-shirt =)

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    1. Yes, Chef Emmanuel is pretty darned good! I really enjoyed the show. I think he looks great in pink, too. Please see my comments to Sean. It's a shame if one has to be a famous chef before a guy can wear pink, doncha think?

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  2. heheh, not many dudes can pull off a pink t-shirt as wonderfully as this chef! i wish i could, but i can't! :D

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    1. Course you can, Sean. Just gotta show 'em who's boss. All this thing about pink for girls is a load o...ooops can't say that, but it's true. Of course, it could be that pink doesn't go with your skin tone. If you can wear Winter colours like me, you'll be OK...that's aquamarine, royal blue, carmine, purple and black. I think we could create a pink revolution. What do you think?

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  3. I agree with polly. I absolutely and completely agree with polly! I sometimes wear pink shirts to the park. Not bright pink. Just mild pink or baby pink. And even its just like mild pink or baby pink, people tend to look at me with this look. The look that says, 'that guy must be g#y'. But as a matter of fact, i'm not g%y. Is it wrong to wear pink? I seriously dont think so. :) btw, i've met chef in person before. He is a nice guy to talk about food. Hahaha :)

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  4. Well said, Cyden! It's time more guys wore pink! I certainly wear a lot of blue. I've a feeling that Chef Emmanuel is comfortable in just about anything as long as it's bright...like I said at the start, he's definitely moving on from black.

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  5. ah that's nice meeting him! looking forward to watching him on TV

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  6. green with envy! :)what's not to like, to be able to rub shoulders with emmanuel stroobant :)

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