Artful Palate: A Chef and Artist Collaboration

On the evening of Thursday, June 14, “Painter of Chefs” Christopher M. joined Chef Mario Cassineri for an elegant evening at Bice Ristorante in San Diego, CA for “Artful Palate”. This collaborative event was the product of several weeks of planning and creation on the parts of both chef and artist. Christopher M. visited Chef Mario in his kitchen to learn about his cooking style and the create four new original oil paintings of Bice Ristorante. To challenge each artist in their craft, they were called to create their art based upon each of the four elements: air, earth, water, and fire.

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Appetizer (Inspired by Air)

Bice by Christopher M., demonstrated the theme of “air” through the representation of the chef’s communication with his restaurant patrons.
"Bice" by Christopher M.
Chef Mario’s Appetizer course depicted the creativity and innovation of the culinary arts. By soaking fresh mozzarella until pliable, Chef Mario injected flavored air into the cheese to inflate it. This “Mozzarella Baloon” lay atop a bed of heirloom tomatoes and basil oil with crisp bread as an inspiring evolution of the Italian “insalata caprese”.
Heirloom Multicolor Tomatoes Injected with Basil Oil, Mozzarella Balloon
Pairing with: Tormaresca Fiano Roycella 2012

First Course (Inspired by Earth)

When Christopher M. was given the challenge to depict the element of “earth” in culinary terms, he thought of the bountiful terroir that plays a vital role for the winemaker. In his painting Case of the Best, Christopher M. illustrates the knowledge and experience required by the viticulturist and the winemaker to bring the vines to the fruition of a bottled wine.
"Case of the Best" by Christopher M.
The earth yields the finest inspiration for chefs; derived from the earth, the Bice’s fresh ingredients of mushrooms and leeks deliver the richest tastes to the palate. Chef Mario created a dynamic presentation of “forest steam” by surrounding the plate with dry ice, which billowed into a soft mist around the sumptuous risotto.
Truffle, Mushroom and Leek Risotto with Pecorino di Fossa served on Forest Steam
Pairing with: La Braccesca, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2008

Main Course (Inspired by Water)

In Italy, wine is part of the tradition and culture of the country. Almost everywhere, grapes are produced and consumed as wine. In this way, Christopher interpreted the element of water through the drinking of wine in his painting titled After Hours. It is the “water of inspiration” for the accomplished chef.
"After Hours" by Christopher M.
Chef Mario’s main course consisted of a refreshing yet substantial salmon filet. With the element of water in mind, the fish was accompanied by hints of the water with light greens and a squid ink sauce added to the finely pureed mashed potato.
Pan Seared Salmon Filet with a Light Ocean Broth, Sea Beans and a Light Squid Ink Mashed Potato
Pairing with: Castello Della Sala Cervaro 2010

Dessert (Inspired by Fire)

Fire: the most exciting element! For Christopher M., being the “Painter of Chefs” requires that he capture the excitement of the kitchen, the passion of the chefs for culinary arts. In Bice Artistry, Christopher’s final painting of the night, he brought the action and talent of the kitchen together over the hot stove. His painting involves the fire of passion for cooking and the excitement of creation that is shared with the painter as well.
"Bice Artistry" by Christopher M.
Dessert is the finale of the meal, and to bring excitement to the finale, Chef Mario constructed a decadent plate of pineapple, with a flaming sugar cube to light up the dish in a very literal translation of the element.
Burning Dessert, Roasted Little Pineapple with Spicy Chocolate Sauce
Pairing with: Antinori Vinsanto 2007

In the Kitchen at Bice

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~ by Exclusive Collections Galleries on June 19, 2012.

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