|Celebrating the culinary arts|
|Wednesday, 25 January 2017|
by Don Bingham
There are various art forms enjoyed by so many and when it comes to creativity in the kitchen, the world of the culinary arts has been around for a long time.
Culinary arts is a prominent part of American history and culture – from the chef at home to an exciting career around the world! When we think about what is culinary arts, we think of the things we love to eat and how to present them, hence, “presentation is everything!”
Cooking IS an art form and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, culinary arts can be enjoyed in the simplest of food creations to the more elaborate and complex in presentation.
One of the first American cooking schools was founded in Boston in the late 1800s. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) was established in 1929 and is the largest professional chefs’ organization in North America.
When televised cooking became popular, then came Julia Child, James Beard, Madeleine Kamman, Wolfgang Puck and a host of others who led the way to inspire the culinarian to explore the possibilities and opportunities in the culinary arts.
There are many factors involved in creating “art” with food. Color, texture, plate usage, hot or cold foods, main entrée or dessert – your imagination is the only limit. Personally, I can see the artistic beauty in a bowl of grits as quickly as I can an architecturally designed dessert of blown sugar and a passion fruit suspension sauce.
Our staff at the Governor’s Mansion has the freedom to be creative in food preparation and design. When the event allows, the chefs pull from all forms of artistic design for the highest return of dining pleasure!
Included with this feature are photos from some of the events in recent days where Picasso was the inspiration for the dessert! Mini painting pales were filled with assorted sauce options to coordinate with the fruit used on the plate. An actual artistic palate with various citrus flavors on small cones was passed to each guest, serving as a palate cleanser or entremont – intermezzo course!
Whether you are cooking for the family or a wonderful night of seven course dining – the arts are an integral part of the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the kitchen! We have included some delightful and delicious recipes that offer you the freedom to “soar” in your creative abilities! Bon appetit!
Recognized throughout the state as an accomplished chef, Don Bingham has authored cookbooks, presented television programs and planned elaborate events. Today, he is the administrator for the Governor’s Mansion.