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Paul Liebrandt at CORTON

Paul Liebrandt in action

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Paul Liebrandt, the enfant terrible of New York’s haute cuisine scene got his close-up on an HBO special earlier this summer. If you’re a fan of high-flying French food, molecular gastronomy, or great restaurant cooking (and restaurant gossip in general), you owe it to yourself to watch this documentary — filmed over an eight year span of his (still young) career.

Having eaten Liebrandt’s food several times in a couple of venues over that time span, we were fascinated by what makes him tick. Liebrandt is arguably, one of the most artistic/creative chefs in the world (chocolate covered scallops anyone?). We at ELV enjoyed the documentary and really enjoyed dinner at Corton last month.

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(Why wouldn’t we? He’s an acolyte of Pierre Gagnaire, and Gagnaire-ean touches abounded on the menu.)

Here are a few tasty snaps of one, memorable meal. The picture quality is a bit muted since the staff asked us not to use flash, but even with that, you can almost taste the smoked caramel with brown butter crumble — a dessert so good, Carême probably sat up in his grave and saluted when it first came off the line :

The seven course prix fixe menu pictured above was $115. A longer degustation is available for $135/per.

CORTON

239 West Broadway

New York, NY 10013

212.219.2777

http://www.cortonnyc.com/

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