You would expect Grant Achatz’s macaroni and cheese to have some chef tricks, but it doesn’t. He uses a white sauce, elbow macaroni and cheddar cheese, just like the rest of us. His personal touch: a tablespoon of paprika (to enhance the color of the sauce) and lots of smoky, crisp bacon bits.
Wylie Dufresne is a genius at using avant-garde techniques to turn everyday ingredients into miraculous dishes. But for this fast recipe, he kept it simple, roasting carrots to serve with chicken and tomato-infused tapioca porridge.
Trout with Warm Pine-Nut Dressing and Fennel Puree
F&W Best New Chef 1989 David Bouley
David Bouley uses a mix of wild mushroom scraps to infuse the pine-nut sauce that tops his seared trout. Home cooks can make a pine-nut dressing for trout, using dried porcini plumped in the microwave.
Chef Dan Barber prepares this soup with seasonal chicken (raised in late spring, summer and fall), using wings, backs, necks and feet. His recipe yields almost eight quarts of broth, so there’s plenty to freeze. He likes serving the soup with fluffy matzo balls laced with rosemary.