Saturday, June 18, 2011

In Case of Emergency: How to Make a Tomato Rose

I like to have a few short, all-purpose how-to videos, like this tomato rose technique, already done and ready for a quick upload, in case something unexpected happens and I can't film a regular recipe.

You know, for emergencies like if my equipment fails, or I get injured saving a fireman stuck in a tree (he was up there trying to save a cat), or like in this case, I get called down to Los Angeles to produce a historically-based reality food show. Enjoy!

16 comments:

Carmen said...

Beautiful!

Sephirah Siegfried Jenova said...

hmm, It appears to be a nice trick, but it may not standout or mistook as some fruit if not placed properly. I'd say serve this with an appetizer?

Anonymous said...

That's a cool trick! I will have to try impressing my wife with that.

Chef John, I sure appreciate the work you put into your videos. I am absolutely hooked and always look forward to your next video. Great format, demonstrations, humor, and food.

Keep up the great work, man!

The Procrastinator said...

Brilliant! I've also wondered how people make daisies out of carrots! Yay, flower salads!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE to make a plate of food look pretty. My theory is that if it looks beautiful and good, people will think it's good, even if it's only mediocre (my food--certainly not yours!).

Anyway, thanks so much for this demo!

Jackie

Anonymous said...

Hi Chef John,

I like these little kitchen-tricks. Something you never learn in any cookbooks.

cb said...

Hi chef--nice video. I love little techniques like this for touches and garnishes. Please do more! You are an excellent teacher. As for you rescuing a firefighter in a tree--bravo..always help those who help us. But I have to question why he was trying to save a cat in a tree however. Did the cat call 911? Cats get into trees all the time and they can certainly get down without any problem. They don't need ladders. Cats do not need our 'rescue' efforts to get them out of a tree. Cheetahs and Mountain Lions often hang out in trees. I mean how many dead cat pelts do you see blowing in the breeze hanging from tree limbs? None cause every cat that climbed a tree got down on its own. :)

Anonymous said...

Nice! Next can you show us how to make a cauliflower sheep?

Anonymous said...

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Brooke said...

Hysterical. You ARE awesome. With our without the rose. xoxo, Brooke

DaveyBoy said...

I'm not falling for this trick again, I have grim memories of nearly slicing my entire arm off trying to make that goddamned potato ball inside the cage ( despite the arterial blood, I did a good job). Rest assured though, if I do try it I'll make sure I'm good and drunk and using the sharpest knife I can find in my tool bag.

Jesse from Detroit said...

I <3 stupid knife tricks.

Telebrands said...

Your tomato roses are wonderful! Thanks for the video.

Chris K. said...

Traitor! Betraying the sneaky tricks of garde manger!

You can do the same thing with a fat radish. The red/white contrast is striking, and looks way more difficult to execute than it actually is.

I once saw a prep cook sculpt a mermaid out of cream cheese, as the centerpiece for a brunch buffet. Her hair was fresh dill, and her nipples were capers.

I'm pretty sure our chef wasn't around that morning. But the sous loved it.

Anonymous said...

I love you. You're Awesome!

Daivon jackson said...

I love your videos... I made your garlic shrimp recipe it was amazing!!