Laurent Tourondel

1998 BEST NEW CHEF AWARD PROFILE



BACKGROUND Born in the Auvergne, France. Worked at Ledoyen, Paris; Potel & Chabot, Moscow; Troisgros, Roanne, France; C.T., New York City.

HOW HE GOT INTO COOKING "I was very bad at school; I had no choice."

FIRST FOOD MEMORY "Grandmother's quail with raisins and foie gras, my favorite dish when I was eight."

FAVORITE EQUIPMENT Peppermill.

FAVORITE COOKBOOK The 1870 edition of Brillat-Savarin's Physiology of Taste.

FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT Brasserie Lipp, Paris.

FAVORITE COCKTAIL Caipirinhas, the potent Brazilian drink made with sugarcane liquor and lime juice.

WEIRDEST FOOD HE'S EVER EATEN Snake, in Africa.

FOOD FORECAST "Russian food will get really popular one day."

FAVORITE 1 A.M. MEAL Country bread with melted mozzarella and tapenade.

FOOD VICE Spicy chicken wings.

RECIPE TIP When you crush garlic, cover it in plastic wrap first to keep your cutting board from smelling.

WON BEST NEW CHEF AT: Palace Court, Las Vegas (closed)


RESTAURANTS

Arlington Club
1032 Lexington Ave. New York, NY, United States
(212) 249-5700

BLT Burger
Shop 301, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China
852-2730-2338

BLT Burger Hong Kong
Shop B224A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay Hong Kong, China
852-2506-1500

BLT Burger
The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
(702) 792-7888

BLT Steak
The W Atlanta Downtown, 45 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd. Atlanta, Georgia, United States
(404) 577-7601

BLT Steak
The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, 110 North College St. Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
(704) 972-4380

BLT Steak
Shop G62, Ground Floor, Ocean Terminal Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
852-2730-2338

BLT Steak
The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr. Miami Beach, Florida, United States
(305) 673-0044

BLT Steak
Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, 6961 Avenida los Gobernadores Carolina, Puerto Rico

BLT Steak
Camelback Inn, 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
(480) 905-7979

Brasserie Ruhlmann
45 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY, United States
212-974-2020

LT Burger Bryant Park
8 W. 40th St. New York, NY, United States
(212) 582-8200

LT Burger Sag Harbor
62 Main St. Sag Harbor, NY, United States
(631) 899-4646

LT Signature
Manrey Hotel, Calle Uruguay Panama City, Panama
507-203-0042



24 RECIPES BY LAURENT TOURONDEL

Marinated Carrot Salad with Ginger and Sesame Oil
Peach-Apricot Cobbler with Almond Ice Milk
Spinach Caesar Salad
Thai Crab-and-Green-Mango Salad
Warm Leek, Asparagus and Potato Salad
Asian-Style Spicy Coleslaw
Caribbean Jerk Chicken
Blueberry-Lemon Parfaits
Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fennel and Arugula Salad with Pecorino Toscano
Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta
Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce
Smoky Strip Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce
Tourondel's Semi-Smoked Salmon with Apple Broth
Tangy Cabbage Slaw with Golden Raisins
Bacon and Tomato Salad
Almond Ice Milk
Cajun-Spiced Shrimp and Corn Salad
Blt Chili
Cucumber-Basil Martini
Four Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos
Hot Cheddar-Garlic Rolls
Green Tomato Salsa



BUY BOOKS BY LAURENT TOURONDEL


Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood


Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel


Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro Cooking