|PEI The Gentle Island - photo courtesy of PEI Tourism|
What we didn't realize is that we'd be cooking along side Chef Corbin in an intimate event with perhaps 30-40 others. How cool is that? And, in case you don't know who Chef Corbin is, you can spot him on such TV shows as Dinner Party Wars (which every time we watch, Brent and I think we'd totally school everyone!), Restaurant Makeover, and Crash My Kitchen. He is as cool and chill and funny in person as he appears on TV. Really. While he doesn't hail from PEI but rather farm country in Alberta, he has mad love for the island and its cuisine. Like NS, PEI has loads of local food to be proud of. And I'm not just talkin' potatoes! In PEI, they're all about the seafood. So how appropriate that all the dishes we were about to prepare featured PEI lobster.
|Chef Corbin. Those two gorgeous ladies on the left? They're with me.|
|gazpacho shots with PEI lobster|
Chef Corbin's Yellow Tomato and Lobster Gazpacho
1/2 lb fresh lobster, cooked, chopped
1 lb yellow tomatoes
1 cucumber, peeled
2 yellow peppers
1 white onion
1/4 c. cilantro
juice of 2 limes
1 1/2 c. veg stock
cherry tomatoes to garnish
Coarsely shop all vegetables. Puree tomatoes, peppers, onions, cucumber and jalapeno in a blender with lime juice and stock until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, Tabasco, and cilantro. Add fresh lobster. Serve in clear shot glasses garnished with red and yellow cherry tomatoes. Apparently, gin loves lobster so feel free to add a splash!
But on to the part where we got to play! Teamed up with strangers, we went to work, first, creating an appetizer consisting of fresh lobster, crostini, a charred corn and zucchini relish, and a wonderfully smooth Bernaise made by one of the participants. I believe it was her first time so Bravo! I think it's pretty evident by the photo, these were not only incredible but gorgeous (our mad plating skills at work).
|charred corn relish in the making|
|lobster and Bearnaise toast with charred corn relish|
|lobster BLT salads|
|Gift baskets - photo courtesy of PEI Tourism|
|Meaghan Blanchard - photo courtesy of PEI Tourism|
|The Paper Lions - photo courtesy of PEI Tourism|
For information on traveling to the gentle island, including vacation packages, visit PEI Tourism.or give them the ol' twitter follow @gentleisland. Psst, it's a perfect weekend getaway for us city folk.
|Chef Corbin and the PEI team - photo courtesy of PEI Tourism|