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Two New Cooks in the Kitchen

The Duo @ Canele

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!

Whaddya know! We’re finalists in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards! You got us this far, so why not give one more vote. Just click the icon!

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33 thoughts on “Two New Cooks in the Kitchen

  1. I’m so elated for you! What an opportunity to showcase your culinary skills. I know it will be a BIG success.

  2. Oh man!! That sounds so awesome. That’s literally the night before the first day of school for me, so I will probably be at home having a freakout. But I can’t wait to see pics and see your write-up!!

  3. How exciting is that?! If I could, I would just jump on a plane to LA so that I could go to Canele on the night that you’re cooking. Hope you have a blast and I look forward to at least reading all about it here 🙂

  4. That sounds amazing, I just can’t wait to hear how it goes. Take someone along to take lots of pics for us. Oh and good luck with the award, I have cast my vote 🙂

  5. Hey guys! Just discovered your blog and am glad to find some folks in the LA area. This sounds like an amazing opportunity – wish I could go that night….congrats on the blog award too! I will click away for ya….

  6. So exciting! That would be my dream (and nightmare!). I am sure your dishes will be fantastic and will sell out — looking forward to reading the post afterwards.

  7. Peter and I will be there! Let us know if you want to meet us there for your visit (we live in walking distance). That way–more dishes ordered, more food sampled! Yum yum!!

  8. ive voted.. will vote again 🙂 guys, you are doing great. Good luck and wish i was in LA to drop in to support you guys!! so that ill hav the chance to taste ye delicious food 🙂

  9. I’ll be down there in a view week, hope to be able to visit some of the places that bloggers recommended. Including this one.

    Of course I’ll vote for you!

  10. What an awesome compliment I can not wait to see what you come up with for this. If I were in the LA area, I would definitely come to support you. Best of luck, Im sue the customers will love your food!

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