A creative artist essential to country clubs, resort hotels, convention centers, and cruise ships, the Garde Manger (GM) is responsible for presenting sumptuous dishes to guests who expect tasty foods displayed in a visually appealing manner. In addition to artistic and culinary ability, the GM must be a well-organized professional, a departmental leader, and an inspirational trainer of kitchen staff. The job requires the ability to multitask and respond quickly to emergencies. The Working Garde Manger is designed to help students in culinary arts programs cultivate techniques learned in the GM course, enabling them to continue refining their skills as they progress through their careers.
Filled with classroom-tested instructions and recipes, this volume walks students through the rigors of preparing all types of dishes within the GM bailiwick. After an introduction to each item, clear, concise recipes follow. Among the food items covered, the book presents focused chapters on hors d’oeuvres, soups, salsas, salads, charcuterie, pâté, mousse, and seasonings. It instructs students on all forms of food preparation, including poaching, sautéing, grilling, baking, braising, and roasting. Chef’s Notes are sprinkled throughout the text, offering additional tips from the author’s lengthy experience in the restaurant industry.
The rewarding career of Garde Manger is challenging and it takes years to master the abilities necessary to acquire expertise. This volume will not only help students refine their skills in class, but will also follow them to the kitchen as a professional reference.More information is available on the author's website at http://chefalmeyer.com/.
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Table of Contents
Salsas, Relishes & Chutneys
Smoking, Curing & Brining
Charcuterie & Sausage
Galantines & Ballotines
Pâtés & Terrines
Savory Mousse & Mousseline
Seasonings & Spice Mixtures
Aspic & Gelée
Design & Layout Of A Platter
Appendix Curing & Smoking
Chef Al Meyer, CMT, a graduate of The California Culinary Academy, apprenticed at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and then became the Chef Garde Manger at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. After relocating to Seattle, he opened his own catering business, Above the Top Catering. Chef Meyer worked as Executive Chef at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, as Chef Garde Manger/Executive Butcher at the Westin Hotel, as Executive Chef at the Bellevue West Coast Hotel, as an instructor at Seattle’s Art Institute culinary program, and also as Executive Chef at Safeco Field for the Mariners Baseball team for all the fine dining outlets. Chef Meyer was also the Executive Chef for the Heritage Lodge at Totem Lake in Kirkland, Washington. He has since returned to San Francisco and The California Culinary Academy, where he teaches Introduction to Garde Manger and Advanced Garde Manger.
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