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Category Archives: Berasategui

Transition back after the BasqueStage…

After living the first half of 2012 in Pais Vasco, I have returned to California.  I came home with excitement, ready to start in earnest my cooking career. I left … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 6 Comments

Never Stop Learning…

It’s been an exciting week here in Pais Vasco: Elisha and I have started working in two new kitchens. To allow us to explore more of the gastronomic culture here, … Continue reading

April 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Video from Martin Berasategui

Last month, a team of photographers and videographers documented life at Martin Berasategui. The finished video features: servers polishing wine glasses in the dining room; Martin joking around with the … Continue reading

April 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Real Talk with… Pablo Ponce

Tonight at the restaurant I had the chance to chat with my fellow Pasteleria cook Pablo. One of the hardest working guys I’ve known, Pablo has saved my butt more … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Vocab List, Pastry Edition

Now that I’m working on the Pastry station at Martin Berasategui, I’m learning a whole new set of vocabulary. This list differs completely from the previous vocab list I wrote … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Edible Flowers, Beautiful Colors

From my little corner on the Pasteleria station, I have a great view of the plate-up table in Primeros. This is a shot of the preparation for the Ensalada Tibia– … Continue reading

March 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Today at Martin Berasategui, I learned how to make pepitas garrapiñadas, candied pumpkin seeds. The pepitaswill be the crunchy garnish on a chocolate mousse dessert, providing both a textural and a … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Two Months In…

I’ve been working at Martin Berasategui for two months now as part of the BasqueStage. It’s been a significant adjustment from kitchens I’ve worked in the past. I want to … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Family Meal @Berasategui

One of the hottest cookbooks of this past holiday season was Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal, a collection of staff meals at El Bulli. The book’s success indicates that people … Continue reading

March 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Writing in Chocolate

This week I changed stations from Pescados to Pasteleria. After two months on the fish station, I felt like it was time to move to a new environment in the … Continue reading

March 4, 2012 · Leave a comment