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Chef Tj Boyland

Before starting a culinary career TJ graduated from the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University with a major in finance and a minor in economics. Having secured a job in the financial industry after graduation TJ decided to spend the summer in a small kitchen in Wisconsin. Over the course of the four months that he spent in that kitchen it became apparent that it was going to be a major focus of his life.

TJ decided to move back home to Washington, DC an area with more opportunity in the restaurant industry. He took a job with Chef David Varley at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak DC inside the Four Seasons Hotel. He spent the next three and half years working his way from the prep room/butcher shop through every station of the wood fired steakhouse including the pastry department.

After Bourbon Steak TJ was ready for an even greater challenge and moved from Washington DC to San Francisco and RN74. There he worked with Chef Jason Berthold and began to expound upon a base set of knowledge learning from Jason’s kitchen systems as well as his intense eye on organization and professionalism.

Once he had accomplished his goals at RN74 TJ became a member of Chef Corey Lee’s Benu. This is where TJ began to really shape the culinary understanding that he holds today. The lessons learned during the year that he spent as a Chef De Partie at Benu has remained at the foundation of his kitchen philosophy.

After Benu, TJ assumed a sous chef role at AQ. As time went on TJ rapidly took on more responsibility and currently, he has moved to the position that he holds today as Chef de Cuisine of AQ. This is made up of a seasonally changing prix-fixe menu and a daily changing tasting menu. In this position he has the creative freedom to invent dishes inspired by the seasons.

Chef  de Cuisine Tj Boyland
AQ Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

 

Layers Beets, Preserved Green Walnut and Blueberries

by Chef Tj Boyland

Beet Terrine

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 Large red beets, sliced thin on a mandolin

Beet Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 250g Beet juice
  • 125g Red verjus
  • 125g Dry red wine
  • 10g Powered apple pectin

Green Walnut Puree

Ingredients:

  • 200g Prerved green walnut (see note)
  • 400g Water
  • 100g Sugar

Dried Orange

Ingredients:

  • Zest of 2 oranges

Note:
Green walnuts are preserved in late May to early June when the walnuts are still young and tender. They are punctured with a metal skewer and placed in a 5% salt brine for one week. After, they are strained and sun dried for two days. After being dried they are pickled with white wine vinegar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon and sugar. They are best when allowed to sit for 3-4 months before using. For the walnut pickle use a 2:1:1 pickle ratio (Water:Vinegar:Sugar). Spices are added to taste.

Method:
Beet Glaze-
Combine all the ingredients in small sauce pot except for the apple pectin and reduce by one third over medium heat. Quickly whisk in the apple pectin and gently simmer for a couple of minutes. To finish add salt, sugar, and lemon juice to taste

Beet Terrine-
Layer the slices of the beet into a third pan that has been sprayed with vegaline and then lined with parchment on all sides. Paint every layer with a thin coat of beet glaze. Reserve a small amount of beet glaze for finishing the plated dish. Continue laying the beets until approximately halfway up the third pan. Line the top of the terrine with parchment and place a third pan on top with about 5 # of weight. Bake at 350F. Check after 2.5 hours. The beets should be just tender all the way through. Once cooked, allow terrine to cool completely before slicing.

Preserved green walnut puree-
Cut the green walnuts in half and combine with water and sugar, cook until tender, strain and puree in blender. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve and set aside.

Dried orange-
Peel an orange and then clean all the white pith off citrus and dehydrate for 24 hours, grind in a spice grinder and set aside.

To finish….
After the terrine has cooled, unmold it. Slice into portions. Reheat and plate. Add some fresh berries (blueberry) to the beet glaze to sauce the plate. Sprinkle dried citrus. Preserved green walnut puree and nasturtium leaves.

Plating:
3-4 blueberries per person
3-4 nasturtium leaves per person

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Chef Lasheeda Perry, Sweet Success!

 

Lasheeda Perry has always had a passion for culinary arts. Luckily for her, this love materialized into a rewarding and challenging career. Lasheeda is not only a brilliantly talented Pastry Chef, but also a premier professional and has a genuine love for her chosen career.

Growing up in a large diverse city, the Philadelphia, PA native took advantage of every opportunity her high school provided. Lasheeda excelled in the culinary arts program at Frankford High School, won a culinary expedition to China and graduated as valedictorian of her 2004 graduating class. Her outstanding scholastic achievement and culinary skills earned her a four-year full tuition scholarship from Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) to attend Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI.

During her time at Johnson & Wales University, Lasheeda obtained her first pastry cook position with Sweet Jazmines Pastry Shop. While managing her studies and work, she also traveled to England, Ireland and Australia where she was able to train and expand her creative and cultural experiences. After graduating summa cum laude, Lasheeda joined the pastry team of Four Seasons Dallas. While there, she gained a vast understanding of al la carte and banquet production. Lasheeda’s hard work did not go unnoticed and within a couple of years she was promoted to Pastry Sous Chef. Her skills allowed her to travel to various Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, which included Philadelphia, Baltimore, Palo Alto and Lanai. After five years with Four Seasons, Lasheeda was eager to take on a different set of challenges. This new endeavor led her to become the Executive Pastry Chef for Bon Appetit Management Company at Linkedin where she oversees a large scratch baking program.

Lasheeda is always striving to better herself and those around her. She has won various contests, which include 1st place on Food Network’s Sweet Genius. When Lasheeda is not busy working, you can find her empowering the youth; especially young women. For two years in a row, she has participated as a featured chef in the Oakland chapter of Girls, Inc.’s TASTE fundraiser dinner, where her dessert was auctioned off for $5,000, twice in one night! In 2015, she was a featured author for The Matcha Miracle: Boost Energy, Focus and Health with Green Tea Powder, which includes sixteen of Lasheeda’s creative green tea desserts. In her own words, Lasheeda believes “In addition to having wonderful mentors, having personality, great work ethics and a smile has helped her through life’s many obstacles and challenges.”

Executive Pastry Chef Lasheeda Perry,
Bon Appetit Mgmt Co. @ Linkedin

 

Passionfruit Pavolva, Guittard Chocolate Mousse, Coconut Crumble

by Chef Lasheeda Perry

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Ingredients:

  • Whole eggs, fresh 280g
  • Granulated sugar 125g
  • 58% chocolate, 312.5g
  • Dark rum, optional 1 Tablespoon
  • Heavy Cream 485g

Method of Preparation:
1. Prepare a double boiler by filling a medium sized pot halfway with water.
Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat.
2. Place the chocolate into a stainless steel bowl.
3. Melt the chocolate by placing it over the pot.
4. Place the fresh eggs into a stainless still bowl.
5. Remove the chocolate from the double boiler then place the eggs onto the double boiler.
6. Whisk the eggs until they are look warm.
7. Meanwhile, using a kitchen aid or hand held mixer, whip the heavy to soft
peaks (consistency of a thick creamy soup).
8. Using a clean kitchen aid or hand held mixer, whip the warm eggs and sugar together until yellow pale in color.
9. By hand using a rubber spatula, quickly but gently fold the chocolate into the
egg mixture.
10. Fold in the rum.
11. In two stages, fold in the heavy cream.
12. Pour mousse into desired vessel or container and refrigerate until ready to serve.

PASSION FRUIT PASTRY CREAM

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk 459g
  • Granulated sugar 102g
  • Vanilla bean, spilt ¼ each
  • Cornstarch 30g
  • Egg yolks 44g
  • Butter, unsalted 29g
  • Passion fruit puree 77g

Method of Preparation:
1. In a medium pot, combine the milk, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds.
2. Bring to a simmer.
3. Place the cornstarch into a medium bowl.
4. Whisking constantly, slowly pour a ½ cup of the warm milk into the bowl with
the cornstarch.
5. Place the egg yolks into a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the egg yolks.
6. Pour mixture back into the pot, and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly until it thickens.
7. Remove from the stove and add the butter.
8. Whisk until the butter completely melts.
9. Whisk in the passion fruit puree.
10. Transfer the pastry cream into a storage container then place into an ice bath.
11. Occasionally, whisk the pastry cream until cool.
12. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the pastry cream.
13. Refrigerate until it is cold.

TOASTED VANILLA PAVLOVA

Ingredients:

  • Fresh whites 172g
  • Granulated sugar 258g
  • Vanilla bean extract 2 teaspoons

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
2. In a heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering
water (this is called a double boiler), combine the eggs and sugar.
3. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is
warm to the touch (approximately 120°F)
4. Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment.
5. Whip the egg-white mixture on high speed until it holds stiff (but, not dry) peaks.
6. Continue whipping until the mixture is fully cooled, about 3 minutes.
7. Using an ice cream scoop, place the scooped meringues onto a sheet pan
lined with a silpat or parchment paper.
8. Bake until the meringues are dry and can be easily released from the sheet pan.
9. Allow to completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
10. Before serving filled the meringues with the passion fruit pastry cream.

COCONUT DUST

Ingredients:

  • Dessicatted coconut 115g
  • Graham cracker crumbs 330g
  • Butter, unsalted 57.5g

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. Melt the butter.
3. Combine the coconut, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Mix well.
4. Spread the dust evenly onto a parchment lined sheet pan.
5. Bake until the coconut is golden brown.
6. Allow to cool completely.
7. Store at room temperature until ready to use.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Ingredients:

  • Water 115g
  • Granulated sugar 115g
  • Corn syrup 43g
  • Heavy cream 72g
  • Cocoa powder 43g
  • 58% chocolate 158g

Method of Preparation:
1. In a medium pot combine the first four ingredients and bring to a boil.
2. Gently whisk in the cocoa powder.
3. Strain the mixture over the chocolate and mix well.

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Chef Matthew Accarrino

Chef Matthew Accarrino recalls what attracted him to cooking, he says, “It gives me the chance to express life and experiences thru food.” Born in St. Louis and raised in New Jersey, he began his cooking career in New York City before moving west to California. Matthew honed his skills with Star chefs and grandmothers alike in Italy. He worked alongside some of America’s best known chefs including Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio and Rick Moonen. Executive Chef at SPQR in San Francisco since late 2009, he was named Star Chefs rising star in 2010, received 3 stars from the SF Chronicle and was awarded his first Michelin star for 2013. In 2014 he was named Food & Wine Magazine's People’s Best New Chef: California. Co-author of his first book, SPQR: Modern Italian Food and Wine, which was released in fall of 2012. Matthew has become known for his disciplined, personal, original and complex approach to cooking. Boldly working with great ingredients and techniques to thoughtfully create innovative yet soulful cuisine.

Michelin Guide, One Star 2013, 2014, 2015
Food & Wine, Peoples BNC, California, 2014
James Beard Foundation, Best Chef, Pacific, Semi Finalist 2012 & 2013
Cochon 555, Winner, San Francisco, 2011
Star Chefs, Rising Star, 2010

Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino,
SPQR - San Francisco, CA

Smoked Pasta with Sea Urchin 

by Chef Matthew Accarrino

Ingredients:

  • 100 Gm Durum Flour (smoked) ¾ cup 
  • 200 Gm 00 flour 1 ½ cups
  • 3 Ea Eggs 
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 100 Gm Sea urchin roe 3 ½ oz
  • 150 Gm Smoked bacon, diced ¼” and rendered 5 ¼ oz
  • 58 Gm Parmesan cheese, finely grated 2 oz
  • 58 Gm Butter 2 oz
  • As Needed Quail eggs (cooked in a water bath 148-degrees 18 minutes or sunny side up)
  • As Needed Black pepper
  • As Needed Smoked sea salt

• Place a piece of cheesecloth in a stovetop smoker and lay the durum flour on top. Cover tightly with foil and smoke the flour using a stovetop smoker according to the manufactures instructions.

• Smoke the flour for 20 minutes in a well-ventilated area. Remove the pan from the heat, and take off the foil, cool. The flour will be will have darkened. Sift to remove any lumps that have formed.

• In a bowl, mix together the smoked flour, with the 00 flour and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs. With the mixer running on low speed, drizzle in the eggs. Mix the dough with a fork till it comes together, add the water as needed to moisten the dough. Turn the dough onto the counter and knead by hand for several minutes. Fatten the dough into a flat rectangle, wrap in plastic wrap, and rest for 30 minutes.

• Set up your pasta machine on a large work surface.

• Unwrap the dough and divide into 3 pieces. Check to see if it will fit through the rollers. If too thick, flatten with your hands. Pass the pasta through the rollers. Repeat a couple of times, then fold the dough in thirds (like a letter) and pass through again. Switch to the next narrowest setting and guide the dough through twice. Repeat until you have passed the dough through the second-thinnest setting. If the dough sticks at any point, dust lightly with flour.

• Cut the pasta into 10-inch sheets and dust with flour. Flour the pasta sheets liberally and stack. Fold the ends of the stack in towards the center. Cut the pasta into noodles and pass a dowel or knife under the center. Shake the noodles loose, and place them on a tray. Cover with a lightly damp towel and set aside.

• Bring a large pot of water to about 150 degrees and season with salt. Poach the quail eggs at about 150 degrees for 14-18 minutes and remove. Set aside to cool.

• In a large sauté pan brown the bacon over medium heat, tip out some of the excess fat and set aside.

• Bring the pot of water to a boil and cook the noodles till until al dente, 3-4 minutes. Bring the pan with the bacon back over medium heat. Drain, the pasta and add to the pan. Add in the sea urchin and break up. Toss with the pasta to combine. Add a bit of the cooking water to create a sauce. Sprinkle in the most of the Parmesan and add the butter. Toss through to combine and season with salt and black pepper.

• Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan, cracked pepper and quail eggs cut from the shell over top.

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