We are so excited to welcome Celebrity Chef Jason Santos to Miraval this weekend (Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23). Chef Santos likes to have fun. You can tell by his trademark blue hair, and more importantly, you can tell by his food. Liquid nitrogen salsa that smolders like a disco when it hits the plate? Check. Orange gel that forms into noodles when it hits hot broth? Got it. Black Truffle Dippin Dots Ice Cream that arrives tableside smoking? Absolutely. His cooking style has been referred to as “Julia Child Meets Willy Wonka”.
And while the presentations of Santos’ dishes are whimsical and inventive, the flavors on his plates are what keep diners coming back for more. Jason’s cuisine seamlessly combines Asian, French and traditional American flavors with dazzling visual and textural twists that wow diners at each of his acclaimed restaurants.
Currently, Jason is the owner and executive chef at both Abby Lane in Boston’s Theater District and Blue Inc. in Boston’s Financial District, a restaurant made famous by Santos’ innovative menu and “smoking cold” milk shakes. Jason is set to open his third restaurant, Back Bay Harry’s in Boston’s South End in late 2013. Santos’ name will also be familiar to foodies. Known as “Jay” on the seventh season of Fox’s hit television show “Hell’s Kitchen”, Santos has been regularly complimented by one of the industry’s toughest critics, Chef Gordon Ramsay.
In addition to his restaurants and his television appearances, Santos’ teaches culinary courses at both Boston University and Cambridge Rindge and Latin. He had the honor of cooking to a sold-out crowd at the James Beard House in 2005 and 2010, and was invited to the Star Chefs Molecular Gastronomy conference in 2007, where he hobnobbed with the likes of Jose Andres, Wylie Dufresne and Grant Achatz.
Chef Santos will be hosting a Chef's Night In Cooking Demonstration Dinner on both Friday and Saturday night, and a special Meet the Chef Luncheon on Saturday afternoon for Miraval guests. In addition to these special events, the Miraval kitchen will serve one of his signature dishes on the Cactus Flower dinner menu on both Friday and Saturday night.
Miraval guests attending one of Chef Santos' Cooking Demonstration Dinners this weekend will enjoy the delicious five-course meal below:
Greek Style Summer Squash & Tomato
Hawaiian Style Tuna Poke
Braised Veal Shoulder
Honey & Hoisin Glazed Duck Confit
Roasted Strawberry & Honey Dipped Doughnut Milkshake