Saturday, April 2, 2011

"UNCOOK!" with Chef BOB Premiers on PBS with Wines from the W.J. DEUTSCH Portfolio by Philip S. Kampe

THANKS to MELANIE YOUNG of THE CONNECTED TABLE, I was INVITED to the PREMIER of a television first. INTERNATIONALLY known Chef BOB WAGGONER and W.J. DEUTSCH and SONS teamed together to launch "UNCOOK! with CHEF BOB", a new PBS television show dedicated to both cooking and wine. SEVEN international wine brands,within W.J. DEUTSCH'S Portfolio, are Featured on the show's first season. The featured wines include: ANDRE LURTON BARONE FINI THE CROSSINGS GEORGE DUBOEUF RSMON BILBAO VOLTEO {yellow tail}

According to CHEF BOB, a classically trained chef, who is well known in the industry, at age 26, to have been the First American Chef to open a restaurant in France (LE MONTE in Burgundy). CHEF BOB WAGGONER is a legend in the industry. CHEF BOB, while in France, cooked with the world's best French Chefs, including: CHARLES BARRIER, PIERRE GAGNAIRE, GERARD BOYER, MARK MENEAU and JACQUES LAMELOISE. CHEF BOB moved to Charleston, South Carolina 13 years ago and is known for his "French Lowcountry" cooking.

CHEF BOB says the idea for UNCOOK with Chef Bob is simple, "With a little knowledge, anyone can cook a fine dining meal at home and pair it with great wines. Preparing the food doesn't have to be difficult and great wine doesn't have to be expensive." The evening began with the PREMIER of "UNCOOK! with CHEF BOB" at the Tribeca Film Center, located above the legendary Tribeca Grill, in New York's swanky Soho district.. The restaurant and film center is owned by Robert De Niro (a no show) and Drew Nieporent. Drew attended and was in-charge of the food, which was easily the Best Food and Wine pairing event that I have attended in my journalistic career. Melanie Young was very clever in arranging this event at this 'Unique Event Space'.

As I mentioned earlier, the Food and Wine Pairings were Brilliant. The Menu: SPANISH SECTION RED WINE BRAISED OCTOPUS with Paprika Potatoes, Celery and Lemon. SLICED SERANO HAM with Manchego Cheese. SEAFOOD PAELLA with Chorizo and Chicken. WINES RAMON BILBAO RESERVA 2005 RAMON BILBAO MIRTO 2005 RAMON BILBAO LIMITED EDITION 2006 VOLTEO TEMPRANILLO CABERNET SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 VOLTEO VIURA + VIOGNIER + SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009 VOLTEO GARNACHA 2009 FRENCH SECTION VEAL & MUSHROOM TERRINE with BLACK TRUFFLE VIN COUNTRY PATE with Grain Mustards and Rustic Bread CHICKEN COQ AU VIN with Pearl Onions and Mushrooms LYONNAISE POTATOES with Thyme WINES ANDRE LURTON CHATEAU BONNET Blanc 2010 ANDRE LURTON CHATEAU BONNET Red 2008 ANDRE LURTON CHATEAU BONNET Rose 2010 GEORGE DUBOEUF POUILLY FUISSE 2009 GEORGE DUBOEUF MORGON 2009 GEORGE DUBOEUF-JULIENAS des Capitans 2009 ITALIAN SECTION BRAISED BERKSHIRE PORK SHANK with Brussels Sprouts, Almonds and Pancetta RICOTTA CAVATELLI with Wild Mushroom Bolognese BUFFALO MOZZARELLA & BRAISED ARTICHOKE SALAD with Confit Tomatoe and Arugula WINES BARONE FINI PINOT GRIGIO 2010 BARONE FINI PINOT GRIGIO Alto Adige 2009 BARONE FINI MERLOT 2009 AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND SECTION NEW ZEALAND LAMB SAUSAGE with Sweet and Spicy Mango Chutney GRILLED PRAWNS with Kumara, Kiwi and Avacado Salad WINES THE CROSSING SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010 THE CROSSINGS PINOT NOIR 2009 {yellow tail} THE RESERVE SHIRAZ 2009 {yellow tail} BUBBLES Rose {yellow tail} BUBBLES White W.J.

DEUTSCH and SONS goal is to make consumers understand the pleasure of drinking wine and the range of options for pairing wines with different kinds of food. Combining DEUTSCH's extensive portfolio of fine wines from throughout the world, with CHEF BOB's entertaining style is the ideal showcase for DEUTSCH and SONS. UNCOOK! with CHEF BOB airs on PBS. The show is both entertaining and educational.

To learn more about the wines from W.J. Deutsch (their 30th year), visit: www.wjdeutsch.com

PHILIP S. KAMPE philip.kampe@thewinehub.com

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