Gourmet Abu Dhabi: Part 1

I had the good fortune of attending some masterclasses in line with Gourmet Abu Dhabi. The first one lead by Bob Blumer. Let's just say I must have been the first applicant for this event evident from my name being placed the highest on the list. Overenthusiasm for a valid reason of course.. truth is I've been fan for the longest time. Since his younger days in the filming of Surreal Gourmet where you are highly likely to catch a funky mad scientist looking like guy in a colorful shirt grinding black pepper from one of his peculiar shaped grinders. The surreal gourmet was a tv staple for me and I admired his impromptu and random ideas for cooking styles and odd revisions of food presentation. So to meet him in person was just an entirely surreal experience for me.

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the view from our seats. Blocked off by the large cameras and consistent shifting of the lady photographer.

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Chicken Popsicles served classic Bob Blumer style. Well, everything tastes better when it's on a stick, no?

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Problems with the oven leading to a confused congregation. That's the problem you get with appliances that don't make any noise...

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Fish Cakes with Pesto potato mash and beetroot infused mash. Loving the vivid colors.

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And last but not least, french fries? nooo... desserts! toasted pound cake with raspberry coulis. Again, thumbs up for the wacky presentation.


Following the demonstration, I approached Bob with quivering hands. Whispering my well wishes, we parted ways, with a slight fleeting of my heart and a photo for keeps. Then I thought to myself, "I can't believe I just met Bob Blumer!". A slight delayed response with butterfly effects that lasted a pretty long time.

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Food tastings in the hall outside. The psuedo 'french fries' were absolutely lip-smacking. The fish cake... I must say beared a strange resemblence to otah, even with a spicy kick to boot. All in all, masterclass with Bob Blumer was a treat for me, and I enjoyed every single moment of it as long as it lasted.

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Next, stay tune for Paco Roncero's molecular gastronomy classes in the coming post!

2 comments:

Carol Peterman said...

Food that messes with your head is always fun! I look forward to hearing about your Paco Roncero class.

SiHaN said...

Carol: totally agreed! You should check out my next posting on Paco Roncero. My gosh.. his cusine is truly mind boggling.