Friday, November 08, 2019

[Food] An Evening with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant & U.S Potatoes

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant making U.S. Potatoes Hashbrown with Salmon.  Photo by Radzie Rahman

Potatoes USA presents "An Evening with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and U.S. Potatoes", an exclusive cooking demo session by the celebrity 2-star Michelin chef at The Pavilion, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort yesterday evening.  We had an enjoyable session watching the chef in action and trying out his scrumptious U.S. Potatoes dishes, also get to go home with the recipes.  Cooking looks easy when you get to see live demo.  All four dishes are with U.S Potatoes as their main ingredient..

Ms. Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietitian

Also present was Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietitian and founder & owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition who gave a talk on the nutritional benefits of U.S. Potatoes.  She also gave away five U.S. Potatoes apron to the guest who answered her questions correctly.

Hailing from Belgium, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant's career began at a tender age of 16 with the cleaning of dishes in one of his country's best restaurants (no wonder he talks and works so fast).  At the age of 23, he opened his first restaurant in his hometown, Liege.

Photos by Radzie Rahman from the live demo

After traveling the world, he made a life-changing decision by heading to Asia.  His maiden stop was to Kuala Lumpur in the late 1997 and was awarded the "1999 Best Expatriate Chef"by World Asia Media.  In the same year, Stroobant and his wife, Edina moved to Singapore to yet again experience another unchartered episode.  Their first restaurant, Saint Pierre became the only Singapore member of the world renowned Relais & Chateaux, the prestigious association of the world's finest hotels and restaurants; and has been awarded 1 Michelin star by the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore in 2017.

The salad dish with squid and U.S Potatoes Russet

U.S Potatoes with Caviar.  Very light soup
Eggs Benedict and Salmon on top of a hashbrown wew

U.S Potatoes Wedges Ikura
Chef Emmanuel loves working with U.S. Potatoes because of the quality and versatility of the product.  He demonstrated 4 exciting recipes using U.S. Potatoes that are sure to excite your guest when you serve them during the coming Christmas and New Year parties (not sure if I can replicate it as good though, but I'll try).

Chef Emmanuel loves working with potatoes as they are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they're uniquely suited to deliver today's most craved global flavors.  Whether you're looking for a comforting classic or a new contemporary cuisine, with U.S. Potatoes, the possibilities are endless.  Available in many varieties and formats, U.S. Potatoes are always ready to elevate any dish with amazing taste and texture.

Indra Balaratnam is a consultant dietitian who has 22 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics.  She runs her own private practice, where she helps here clients to eat healthier.  Indra holds professional memberships in the Malaysian Dietitians' Association, where she is a Past President (Year 2011/2012); member of the American Overseas Dietetics Association (AODA) affliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics of the US.

Indra shared with us the fact that potatoes are actually very nutritious.  Potatoes are naturally fat free, cholesterol free and low in sodium.  In addition, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and those eaten with the skin are a good source of potassium.  Foods that are good sources of potatssium and low in sodium, such as potatoes, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.  

Am definitely seeing potato in a different perspective.  I mean I love potatoes especially chips and fries but those are in an unhealthy form hehe.

Ms. Indra also shared that although many people these days are worried about their carohydrate intake, carbohydrates are actually one of the key nutrients in performance nutrition.  Athletes engage in high volume and high intensity training requires adequate amounts of carbohydrates for energy.  U.S. Potatoes are an example of an excellent source of carbohydrates.  They are rich in vitamin B6 and C, potassium, folate, fibre and antioxidants.  "They are extremely versatile and filling, making it a convenient source for athletes", she elaborated.

Potatoes USA is the marketing organization for the 2,500 commercial potato growers operating in the United States.  They promote five main good quality potato products: fresh table-stock potatoes, fresh chipping potatoes, seed potatoes, frozen potato products and dehydrated potato products.

Our MC for the night, Ben Uzair
The night ended with a lucky draw with prizes sponsored by Shangri-La Tanjung Aru followed by a meet & greet session with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant.  And also photo taking session.

Group photo with social media influencers, bloggers, organizers, media and etc.  Photo by Radzie Rahman

Of course we gotta have one with the chef
And U.S. Potatoes to bring home.   Thank you U.S. Potatoes for the invite, this was amazing.  Looking forward for more in the future :)

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