Michelin Chefs Share Recipes for Lockdown

Michelin Chefs Share Recipes for Lockdown
Try the easy homemade recipes for the lockdown shared by the Michelin Guide, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The Michelin Guide is posting one easy to follow homemade recipe from their star chefs, every day

Uttara Gangopadhyay
May 19 , 2020
08 Min Read

Thumbing through Instagram posts by friends, a lazy lockdown afternoon, one caught my attention. A friend had posted an image of a plate of chilli chicken calling it her Michelin favourite dish made at home. Apparently she had found the recipe on Instagram.

Following her, I too homed in on the ‘michelinguide’ Instagram page and was in for a pleasant surprise. The famous red guidebook, the last word on gourmet dining, had indeed been posting recipes provided by their star chefs. Even the much revered (and feared) Michelin inspectors have been offering their favourite recipes too.

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on Apr 1, 2020 at 2:14am PDT

Calling it #MICHELINGUIDEATHOME Some Easy Homemade Recipes From Your Favorite Chefs, they have been posting easy-to-cook recipes (the 'easy' factor is, of course, dependent in which part of the world you are and what is commonly available in your local market) from their star chefs, one recipe a day. And the followers are just loving it as the number of ‘likes’ and the trail of comments show.

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on Mar 24, 2020 at 3:31am PDT

The first recipe up on the hashtag was, of course, Gordon Ramsay’s famous Marinara Sauce. And, in typical Ramsay style, he goes on to advise, “If you don’t have fresh garlic or basil, raid your spices cabinet. As a general rule, use what you might like on a pizza like garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, fennel, celery salt.”

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on May 3, 2020 at 2:28am PDT

I soon found my friend’s crispy chilli chicken recipe. It was from the repertoire of late Chef Kenmin, who opened the first Shisen Hanten in Japan in 1958 and is regarded as Japan’s ‘Father of Szechwan Cuisine’. The legacy lives on with the family and today, his grandson Chen Kentaro is the chef of the Singapore Shisen Hanten, a two-star establishment in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2019.

Keeping in mind the global reach of the posts, chefs have provided alternative ingredients and condiments in special cases. Even the equivalents of original measurements have been provided to make the cooking easy. And thankfully, of the recipes that I checked, none required gadgets beyond what is normally available at home.

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on Mar 27, 2020 at 3:23am PDT

But taking followers on a round-the-world tour through star recipes is not the only idea behind this. The Guide is also encouraging the use of local ingredients so that local producers can get a boost when business is rock bottom owing to the pandemic crisis.

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on Apr 19, 2020 at 2:27am PDT

I came across Vicky Lau’s Pork Dumplings, where the chef owner of Tate Dining Room, a one-star establishment in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong 2020, gives away the secret of her favourite Hong Kong-style dish; George Blanc’s Potato Crepes where the venerable chef of the eponymous restaurant (with three stars in the France 2020 guide) shares his recipe for Vonnassiennes crepes or French speciality potato crepes; Guy Laussausaie, head chef of his eponymous one-starred establishment in the France 2020 guide, shares his recipe for his celebrated creamy coffee pana cotta; a simple split pea soup from Emma Bengtsson, executive chef of Aquavit NYC (two stars in the New York 2020 guide); a decadent baked honeycomb pudding recipe from Chef Marcus Wareing, head chef at Marcus (a one-star establishment in the UK & Ireland 2020 guide) located within The Berkeley in Knightsbridge. The list is huge.

 
 
 
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A post shared by MICHELIN guide (official) (@michelinguide) on Apr 6, 2020 at 2:03am PDT

So while the lockdown prevents you from visiting these fantastic places, take a look at this sensory overload, enjoy the visual extravaganza, try some of the recipes at home (nobody to shout at you if you go wrong), maybe add your own tweak to the recipe, and wait for the good times to return.


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