Highlights from Last Week’s LA Food and Wine Festival

[ 0 ] August 16, 2012 |

Here are a few photos and comments from last week's Food and Wine extravaganza in Los Angeles. The nation's top chefs headlined the event and cooked up a storm in the Jenn-Air Demo Kitchen. In addition to the events below, other featured chefs at the show included Giada De Laurentis, Michael Chiarello, Guy Fieri, Hubert Keller, Richard Blais, Paul Prudhomme, Fabian Vivani, Roy Yamaguchi, and Andrew Zimmern.

A cooking demonstration presented by the one and only Wolfgang Puck is a unique opportunity to spend time with a genius who has long been the benchmark for culinary arts in Los Angeles. Pictured below Chefs Francois Payard and Dean Fearing join Wolfgang Puck for his Live – Love – Eat presentation.

Francois Payard, Dean Fearing, and Wolfgang Puck

  • François Payard is a third-generation French Pastry Chef who cultivated his passion for the art of pastry as a child in his grandfather’s acclaimed shop, Au Nid des Friandises on the Riviera. In 1995, The James Beard Foundation named François Pastry “Chef of the Year.”
  • Long known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” there is no mistake: Chef Dean Fearing has a passion for what he does. The exuberant Fearing was winner of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Award for “Best Chef in the Southwest”.
  • The name Wolfgang Puck is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts.

A Wolfgang Puck Masterpiece


In addition to the Wolfgang Puck demonstration, Ming Tsai, the ever popular chef with the huge personality wowed the audience with his wok skills during his demonstration.

Ming Tsai

Ming brought his James Beard Award winning talents to give Los Angeles a glimpse of what has made him a household name with his TV shows Simply Ming, East Meets West with Ming Tsai and Ming's Quest.

We're sharing the below Ming Tsai recipe from Food and Wine Magazine with you so that you can try cooking Ming Tsai style for yourself:


Ming Tsai Crab Cakes


  • 1 pound lump crabmeat, well drained and picked over
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 4 teaspoons Asian red chili sauce, such as sambal oelek
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • All purpose flour, for dredging
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or other dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup packed micro greens or mesclun


In a large bowl, combine the crabmeat with the mayonnaise, chives, lime juice, honey and 1 tablespoon of the chili sauce; season with salt and pepper. Stir well to break up some of the crabmeat. Form the mixture into 8 crab cakes, packing them firmly. Put the crab cakes on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, puree the mango with 1 tablespoon of the oil and the remaining 1 teaspoon of chili sauce until smooth. Scrape the mango puree into a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Put a handful of flour into a medium, shallow bowl. Put the eggs in another shallow bowl and the panko in a third bowl. Take a crab cake in your hand and carefully dust it all over with flour, shaking off any excess. Dip the crab cake in the beaten egg and then coat it well with the panko. Repeat with the remaining crab cakes.

In a medium skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil until shimmering. Add 4 of the crab cakes to the skillet and cook them over moderately high heat until they are browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Drain the crab cakes on a wire rack set over a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 4 crab cakes.

Drizzle 4 plates with the mango puree and set 2 crab cakes on each plate. Mound the micro greens alongside and serve right away.

MAKE AHEAD The formed crab cakes and the mango puree can be refrigerated overnight. Bring the mango puree to room temperature before serving.

To learn more about the Jenn-Air appliance that these famous chefs used for their cooking demonstrations contact the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center:

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center
12025 Ventura Blvd. Ste B-105
Studio City, CA 91604
PH 877 696-2987
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