The email arrived on June 29, 2009.
The sender: Tastingtable.com.
The headline: Chef for a Day.
The message: Are you a non-professional cook who wants to formulate, prep and serve your own three-course, prix fixe meal at Atwater Village’s Canelé?
Our response: You know it!
The email flew off to chef Corina Weibel and general manager Jane Choi before we had a minute to really comprehend what we’d done. Well, that’s not entirely true. The opportunity sounded like the chance of a lifetime. Imagine walking into a restaurant and just making food for people with absolutely no formal culinary training at all. It’s a bit nervewracking if you really sit down and think about it. Of course we cook all the time in our own homes, but working in a restaurant grade kitchen with a seasoned chef and plating meals for friends and (gasp) unknown patrons is a completely different story. Regardless, the pangs of excitement overshadow the clouds of scary doubt, and now we’re ready. So ready.
Funny enough, we haven’t dined at Canelé yet, but we’ve heard great things about the menu. We’ll head over there to grub and hopefully catch Chef Corina again the weekend before our first back of the house foray. Believe it or not, Canelé had a table at The Saban Clinic’s Extravaganza for the Senses that we attended last month. Upon seeing the booth, we introduced ourselves of course and sampled their cool cucumber soup. Chef Corina’s a delight. She’s already given our menu a tweak, so we’ve resubmitted and hope to have it finalized by the end of the month. We’ll see how it all comes together under her guidance.
The date is Tuesday, September 8th. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, we hope you’ll stop in!