Standing behind the counter, sunlight pouring in from the beautiful window behind him, Chef Manuel sets-up for a special masterclass for The Treat Truck readers. What a beautiful place to cook, I think to myself knowing all to well The Treat Truck’s photographer is checking out the natural and artificial lights and placing her camera in the best possible position to take out her photographs thinking little about wanting to cook here.
Chef Manuel, Chef de Cuisine at Arola is responsible for setting up the menu. The charming chef immediately makes us feel welcomed and at home, gracefully stopping and moving around to adjust to the light for Tanishka’s photographs and humbly answering my endless volley of questions… What ingredient is that, Chef? Why are you treating the cheese in that manner, Chef? I wanted to know everything!
I love stepping out of my kitchen and into professional ones. I enjoy interacting with chefs because I often wonder if they feel the same passion for food as a non-professional; does their passion fade? Do they eventually want out? But watching Chef Manuel I remembered, this isn’t a profession you choose unless you’re really passionate and passion for food does not easily fade, it grows as it has for me.
Here is the recipe for the ‘Mushroom Forest’ right out of the Arola menu created by Chef Manuel himself.
- Roasted Bell Peppers, red and green 200 gms
- Simeji Mushrooms 100 gms
- Chives 20 gms
- Manchego Cheese Flakes 30 gms
- Mushroom Emulsion 50 gms
- Sweet Potato Puree 50 gms
- Balsamic Reduction
- Soya 5 gms
- Sherry Vinegar 2 gms
- Sesame Oil 2 gms
Bell Pepper Marination
- Olive Oil
- Cumin Seeds
- Black Peppercorn
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Cut the roasted bell peppers in slices and marinate them
- Cut Simeji Mushrooms and marinate them
- Set the peppers on a plate
- Add Salt and Pepper
- Add the Mushroom emulsion, Sweet potato puree and Chives
- Add the Marinated Simeji
- Add the cheese flakes and microherbs
- Touch the dish in the salamander
Special thanks to everyone at JW Mariott, Juhu who helped set-up this MasterClass. We at The Treat Truck thank you for your hospitality. And special thanks to Chef Manuel Olveira for sharing his recipe with us, thank you and God Bless.
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