Iron Chef, and Lifestyle Consultant for Borgata’s Water Club, Geoffrey Zakarian lent his humor and signature style to Savor Borgata weekend during an interactive cooking demo at The Music Box. On the menu, the Chef made Chicken Paillard with salad and a Dark and Stormy cocktail, and even though he prepared the dishes step by step for the full house, he also took plenty of questions from the audience and revealed some helpful culinary tips.
There’s a whole lot more than the standard gin and tonic these days! Join renowned Chef, Food Network personality, and The Water Club’s lifestyle consultant Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for an afternoon of small bites and gin pairing at Wolfgang Puck American Grille. The afternoon of sips and nibbles will take place on September 9 starting at 1PM.
With the opening of Borgata‘s newest restaurant, Angeline by Michael Symon, avid foodies have certainly been speeding the buzz on their social media accounts. But did you know that our star chefs have their own Instagram accounts that give food fans a behind-the-scenes look at their cooking adventures? We’ve rounded up all of the must-follow accounts of our celebrity chefs so you can take a little Borgata culinary adventure whenever and wherever you are!
If you’re looking for a reason to unwind, relax, and perhaps have a little fun in the process, look no further than Borgata where we offer something for just about everyone, including ways to indulge and get your party on. We are, after all, the East Coast’s preeminent entertainment, dining, and resort destination. Need more motivation? Here are some of the top reasons to plan an escape to Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is no stranger to Borgata: The acclaimed kitchen superstar is The Water Club‘s Culinary Lifestyle Consultant, and has taken part in many previous Savor Borgata weekends. This year, Chef Zakarian took to The Music Box stage on Saturday afternoon for an intimate cooking demonstration with two of his friends, TV host Marc Summers and The Chew star (and new Borgata Chef/Partner) Michael Symon.
The Chef’s hour long demo was a meat lovers’ dream come true: He prepared a beef tartare and a seared steak, and audience members had the opportunity to ask dozens of culinary-inspired questions. During the interactive Q&A, Zakarian provided plenty of interesting cooking insights for those in attendance:
And yes, we do mean delicacies, such as sushi, sashimi and the many variations of steak tartare. The use of raw protein ensures a freshness and taste that can easily be lost on the grill.
The traditional steak tartare is a French specialty that was originally served with tartare sauce in the 19th century, but has undergone a lot of regional changes – mostly involving the use of herbs and spices. Sushi and sashimi are Japanese delicacies that feature raw fish that exploded on the American scene in the 1980’s.
Much like eating your first raw oyster, fans of tartare and sushi took a bit of a plunge their first time (though these preparations are perfectly safe), but found gastronomic delights that can make you regret every time you’ve ever ordered something well done…
There are a lot of skills that go into bartending and creating the perfect cocktail. There’s mixing, stirring, squeezing (as in lemons etc.) shaking, blending and a host of other ways of bringing together all of the flavors in a cocktail.
It’s called the London Refresher, and it calls for muddling. That’s muddling, not muggling, which comes from that other English import Harry Potter.
No, muddling, to be precise, is to mix together, especially confusedly. In this recipe, you get to muddle away on key ingredients before adding the liquor – gin, of course, it is the London Refresher. In this case, you’ll need a muddling stick (really, it’s a bartender tool, much like a pestle). Then you just muddle up the ingredients and add the gin.
Search the words “Pineapple Express,” and you’ll find a lot of information about a 2008 movie starring James Franco and Seth Rogan which is much beloved by fans of Judd Apatow movies and served as an inspiration for some – shall we say farmers – who have been trying to create the fictitious – shall we say hybrid – in the film ever since.
Or, you’ll find info on a train tour through Dole’s Hawaiian pineapple plantation.
But search Pineapple Express Borgata or Pineapple Express Geoffrey Zakarian, and you’ll find this delightful summer concoction served at The Water Club here in Atlantic City. With summer here, we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the season.
Geoffrey Zakarian is known for many things – possessing the coveted title of Iron Chef, hosting several Food Network television shows, creating some of New York’s most notable restaurants, and of course, serving as The Water Club’s Culinary Lifestyle Consultant. But, few know his best kept secret… that a well-organized pantry is the backbone of any kitchen. For the first time, Zakarian is showing us how to use the pantry to jumpstart any meal with his new cookbook, “My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients.”
Borgata: In your opinion, which pantry item gives you the most bang for your buck?
Geoffrey Zakarian:Sea Salt and really good Sherry Wine Vinegar.
For the third year, Borgata will present a program of signature events throughout Savor Borgata Weekend that will celebrate the individual talent of each participating chef. On Friday, November 7, Savor Borgata will kick-off with two signature dinners designed to excite even the most experienced palettes. “A Night with Borgata’s Culinary Masters,” located at 28 West, will present a gastronomic experience guests will savor for a lifetime – including a cocktail reception with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and a 4-course dinner prepared by Bobby Flay, Michael Schulson, Stephen Kalt, and Thaddeus DuBois.