Growing up, I always remember seeing Marcus Samuelsson on television, and although I have been lucky to meet some of my favorite chefs in recent years, never thought I’d get to try his cooking here in SoCal. Yet, that is exactly what happened last Monday night! In honor of his memoir Yes, Chef being released, he has been hosting special Prix Fixe dinners throughout the states.
On Monday, he took over the kitchen at one of my most favorite places in Los Angeles…my beloved Son of a Gun! For $85/person we got a multi course meal and a signed book. The menu wasn’t posted beforehand so it was nice to be surprised.
Helga’s Pea Soup, Mint, Ginger
Fried Misy Point Oysters, Addis Remoulade
Tokyo Salad, Mizuna, Yuzu-Shishito Vinaigrette
Gravalax, Mustard, Pickled Fennel
Sweet Corn Salad
Fried Yard Bird, Collard Greens, Rooster Sauce, Pickles
Where has this chicken been my whole life? Now I have to go to Harlem to eat this again. Spoiled for life. Sorry Thomas Keller. This fried chicken was the best I’ve ever had.
Sweet Potato Doughnuts, Fennel Ice Cream
Although the idea of fennel ice cream sounded a bit odd to me, I really liked it. Who am I?
Throughout the dinner, Marcus Samuelsson came by our table twice to see how we were liking everything, and chatted with us briefly. Plus, we were really lucky because he personalized signed our books! One more for my collection! He is cooking a different menu at each of the dinners, as he collaborates with the chefs as to what would be good to serve. In my opinion (and those of my friends) the fried chicken was the standout of this meal. As always rare experiences like these in my beloved City of Angels are a guaranteed good time.
Marcus Samuelsson – Special Dinner at Son of a Gun
Monday, July 9, 2012