The La Cornue Experience With Master Chef Michael Latour [VIDEO]

Over the past several weeks, Peter Salerno Inc. has shared the La Cornue experience with all of you. Now, we are thrilled to show you exactly what La Cornue’s world-renowned cooking ranges and rotisseries can do, all thanks to the help of Master Chef Michael Latour.

Michael Latour visited the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom at 511 Goffle Road in Wyckoff, NJ, to prepare an exquisite three-course French cuisine experience utilizing our showroom’s beautiful La Cornue Château 120 range and Flamberge Rôtisserie. The result was nothing short of spectacular: the finest in French cuisine prepared on the finest in French cooking appliances.

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Please enjoy the video below, and continue reading for more information on every aspect of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About the La Cornue Appliances

The Château 120 range features two patented La Cornue vaulted ovens, one gas and one electric, to meet the diverse needs of any chef in any circumstance. While our cooktop features its own configuration, your Château 120 range may be customized in any one of nine different configurations.

The Château series features almost limitless combinations of cooktops, sizes, colors and accent/trim colors. Our particular Château is the Château 120 range in French blue, which provides not only world-class cooking amenities but a striking addition to the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom.

Also utilized by Master Chef Michael Latour in this special video presentation is the Flamberge Rôtisserie, an open-faced rotisserie unit set beneath a rear wall of cast iron. The evenness of the Flamberge Rôtisserie’s cooking configuration makes it the gold standard for spit roasting, roasting small game birds, vegetables, chicken or fish. The accompanying Maison La Cornue drip tray allows the chef to collect juices to accent the taste of accompanying side dishes or vegetable servings.

Once again, the Peter Salerno Inc. showroom features the Flamberge Rôtisserie in stunning French Blue to match the eye-catching beauty of our Château 120 range. For more information about La Cornue and its world-class line of cooking ranges and appliances, visit the official La Cornue USA website.

About Master Chef Michael Latour

Michael Latour’s culinary career began at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and has progressed through the most prestigious echelons of cuisine in the greater New York metropolitan area. Master Chef Latour honed his craft in some of New York’s finest hotels, including the honor of being part of the opening team at NYC’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Master Chef Latour is specifically renowned for his mastery of French-American cuisine, the staple of his restaurant, Latour. Opened in 1998 in Ridgewood, NJ, Latour has been praised by patrons and critics alike for  every aspect of its cuisine. Latour’s latest Zagat rating offers an auspicious 26/30 rating for food and notes its “showstopping” cuisine and “lovely…Gallic setting”.

Michael Latour is an Internationally Certified Chef, and a member of the Society of Culinary Philanthropique, American Culinary Federation, International Chefs’ Association and the International Geneva Association. He is a member of the Societé Culinaire Philanthropique and is a recipient of the Gold Medal awarded by the Les Amis d’Escoffier Society Foundation for Best Sugar Work Piece in the 2010 International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

For more information about Master Chef Michael Latour and his restaurant, Latour, please visit the restaurant’s official website.

About Master Chef Latour’s Menu

Here are the three courses featured in this outstanding video:

  • Appetizer: Lump Crab Strudel with Lobster Sauce Nantua Frisee
  • Entree: La Cornue Rotisserie Cornish Game Hen with Fines Herb, Potato Galette, Vegetable Julienne and Beet Gaufrette with Natural Jus
  • Dessert: Grand Marnier Souffle with Chocolate Pastel and Pulled Sugar Piece Montee

About Peter Salerno, Inc.

Peter Salerno, Inc. is family-run business stemming from three generations of artisans- not a franchise under a common name. We are committed to providing luxurious and functional spaces that compliment your lifestyle. We offer an exclusive collection of furniture and design.  From custom made kitchens and baths, to innovative entertainment centers and elaborate wine cellars- our team strives to deliver a beautiful addition to your home.

Peter’s work has been featured in multiple publications of note. He is one of a handful of HGTV’s featured Kitchen and Bath Designers, and is the recipient of numerous design awards, including the prestigious 2012 Best Large Kitchen award from the National Kitchen & Bath Assocation (NKBA) . In total, Peter was honored with an unprecedented 23 NKBA awards from 1993-2013, a mark which sets him apart in the custom interior design industry.

Peter Salerno Inc. is an Authorized Dealer of all ​La Cornue & Top Brewer Products. Our showroom features the Château 120, the CornuFé 110, the CornuFé 1908,  and the Flamberge  Rôtisserie. In addition; our showroom is soon-to-be fitted with a fully functional Top Brewer.  Peter Salerno, Inc. is also an authorized dealer of Habersham, Schaub, Amerock, & Waterstone products.​

For more information about Peter Salerno Inc., please visit our official website.

Classic French Recipe: Coq au Vin

A beautiful preparation of Coq au Vin.
A beautiful preparation of Coq au Vin. (Credit Steven de Polo, Wiki Commons)

We’ve spent so much time over the last 2 months talking about the best in French kitchen design that we’ve started to get a little hungry. And what better way to nourish ourselves after a long trip through the French countryside than with a staple of French cuisine – a classic recipe for coq au vin?

Popularized in the United States by Julia Child in both her 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and on her PBS show The French Chef, coq au vin is a traditional French dish mainly comprised of chicken (or capon) braised with wine and prepared with mushrooms, onions, garlic, lardons, and seasonings. While the traditional wine in coq au vin is Burgundy, different regions of France use local wine varieties to create their own “twists” on coq au vin. For example, Alsace is known for their coq au vin Riesling.

We thought we’d cap off the month of October – and our review of some stunning French design inspirations – by sharing a recipe for Coq au Vin, courtesy of the fine staff at SAVEUR. SAVEUR is the definitive culinary and culinary-travel magazine of its generation. It has been honored with four American Society of Magazine Editors awards (including one for general excellence) and 17 James Beard journalism awards.

Classic Coq au Vin Recipe (from SAVEUR)

SERVES 4-6

INGREDIENTS

4 cups red wine
1 3–4-lb. chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 bouquet garni (12 sprigs thyme, 5 sprigs parsley, and 3 bay leaves tied together with kitchen twine)
2 tbsp. olive oil
10 oz. peeled pearl onions
12 oz. white button mushrooms, quartered
10 oz. bacon, cut into ½” pieces
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tbsp. flour
1 cup chicken stock
Finely chopped parsley leaves, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine wine, chicken, yellow onion, and bouquet garni in a bowl; cover with plastic wrap, and let marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain chicken, onions, and bouquet garni, reserving wine, and set aside. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels.

2. Heat oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pearl onions, and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and tender, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add mushrooms to pot, and cook, stirring, until they release all their moisture and brown lightly, about 8 minutes. Transfer to bowl with pearl onions; set aside. Add bacon to pot, and cook, stirring, until it renders its fat and is crisp, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain; set aside. Add 1 tbsp. butter to pot, and then season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to pot; cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, and set aside. Add drained yellow onions to pot, and cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved wine and stock, and then return chicken to pot along with bouquet garni; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered and stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in pearl onions and mushrooms. Divide among serving bowls, and garnish with rendered bacon and parsley.