Culinary Giants Return To Boston To Help Next Generation of Chefs

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Two culinary giants are coming together this week in Boston's Back Bay to help young chefs succeed.

On Thursday, acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud will join renowned Boston chef Barbara Lynch for a one night event at Bar Boulud on Boylston Street.

All proceeds from the special five course dinner will go to Ment'or - a non profit organization founded by Chef Boulud, chef Thomas Keller and chef Paul Bocuse. 

The organization helps young chefs reach their culinary dreams through internships and access to a culinary council of mentors. 

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Nichole Davis asked Chef Boulud what advice he has for those looking into the break into the business.

"For these young chefs, what's very important is mentorship. It's all about mentorship." Boulud said. "So it's very important that they find a good mentor. They don't have to be a superstar chef, so long as it's a very good chef who will teach the young chef the fundamentals - the importance of fine cuisine, of good cuisine. Of respecting the ingredients. Of searching for the best, and producing the most refined food, and tasty [food] -- we have given so far, I think... I will say, we have given almost 400 candidates the opportunity for a grant. We have passed more than $1.2 million already in the few years [since] we have started this foundation."

Boulud says spring is a great time to freshen up menus with new, exciting ideas:

"[It is] when we kind of reassess knowledge and reassess the pleasure to work with vegetables that are seasonal, local... for example, spring. We are looking forward to all forms of peas, of lettuce. Of course, also rhubarb. Rhubarb is wonderful. The lamb - the softshell crab is another. Crayfish is going to start to come in as well. Those will come from Louisiana, but wonderful crayfish. Almost every week, every month, for me, there's another inspiration to put on the menu. As we move toward late spring, then we have scallops from Nantucket, and all that region, which is really fantastic. It's really one of the finest seafoods, I will say, in America."

The event will take place Thursday, April 5th at 7 pm at Bar Boulud, 776 Boylston Street, Boston. 

Admission is $400 pp with wine pairings (includes tax and gratuity). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

For more information on the event call (617)535-8800 or visit www.barboulud.com/boston.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Nichole Davis reports.


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