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Old 08-10-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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Food Network: Olive oil and Corn starch

Did anyone see the program last night that was a cooking competition in Miami Beach. Cat Cora was one of the judges.

I saw a chef do something interesting. He whisked together olive oil and corn starch and said that it makes the tastes of the dish melt in the mouth of the eater. Looking intriguing. The judges seemed to like it as well.

What is the name of that technique? Anyone ever do that before?

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Old 08-10-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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Did anyone see the program last night that was a cooking competition in Miami Beach. Cat Cora was one of the judges.

I saw a chef do something interesting. He whisked together olive oil and corn starch and said that it makes the tastes of the dish melt in the mouth of the eater. Looking intriguing. The judges seemed to like it as well.

What is the name of that technique? Anyone ever do that before?
How exactly did he incorporate this into the dish? If it was as a marinade, it could be similar to the Chinese technique of "velvetting" which normally involves egg whites and cornstarch. This could be a new way of doing that, but hard to say unless you specify how it was used in the dish.
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Old 08-10-2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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Well it appeared that it was just spooned on the dish.
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Well I tried to google to see if there was any description of this technique, but I can't seem to find anything.
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Old 08-10-2006, 04:30 PM   #5
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Olive oil and uncooked cornstarch used as a sauce?
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Old 08-10-2006, 04:58 PM   #6
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Olive oil and uncooked cornstarch used as a sauce?
It appeared that he was cooking it. He was whisking it in a sauce pan.

Come on...didn't anyone else see this?? I know I am not making this up!
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Can you please describe and tell us exactly how he used it from start to finish? The way you're telling it now, you're only giving us bits and pieces and only when we're asking pointed questions.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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That is about all I know!

He had olive oil and corn starch in a sauce pan and was whisking it! He then spooned it over the the lobster.

I just thought it was interesting and wondered if anyone else had caught that.
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I am sure there is more to the technique than that, but that is all they showed.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:18 PM   #10
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He must have cooked it at least a little if it was in a saucepan. A bowl would work for something "raw." Interesting. Wish I'd seen it.
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