Cooking Class with Tre Wilcox

Grilled Swordfish with Celery 3 Ways

Grilled Swordfish with Celery 3 Ways

OK, so those non-Top Chef fans will likely have no idea what I am talking about here. For those that do, Tre Wilcox was a contestant on season 3 of Top Chef. He was (wrongfully) eliminated in the second part of Restaurant Wars. I have been a fan and have appreciated his style ever since I saw him on Top Chef — first of all, he’s a local guy from the Dallas area, and second of all, he had a lot of talent that showed in his dishes and in many of the elimination challenges…

Which brings me to Wednesday night. My friend Nicole and I attended a cooking class hosted by Tre at Central Market in Plano, Texas. This was my first cooking class…ever…and so it was a great way to initiate myself! I was a bit starstruck (ok he probably wondered why there was this crazy chick taking multiple pictures of him while he was trying to talk…) I also furiously wrote down notes on top of the recipes he provided for us. He prepared: Seared Sea Scallops and Bacon-Scallions with Pomegranate Brown Butter, Grilled Swordfish with Celery 3 Ways and Bernaise (my favorite!), Monkfish “BLT” with Fresh Avocado, and for dessert, a wonderful Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Foam and Sweet Basil (with a splash of champagne in it). Let me tell you, the food was simply wonderful.

So, here you can see a few pictures of Tre cooking, but you’ll have to forgive the quality…I am apparently camera-handicapped. (I used the “Indoor” selection, so I don’t know why so grainy, but anyways…) There’s also one of Nicole and me with Tre. After that picture, I stammered out, in my starstruck manner, that I enjoyed his class. (I also asked him about whether his cookware he was selling – Chantal – was safe for a smooth cooktop, but jumbled up my words in the process. Go me.)

But what a wonderful experience! If you ever are wondering what to do one evening in the Dallas area, and you like cooking, I encourage you to check out the cooking classes at Central Market. Tre actually teaches there quite often, and it’s a treat.

Now, to summon the courage to try one of his recipes…

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