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Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie; Trompe L’Oeil: The Art Of Culinary Deception


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Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie
Trompe L’Oeil: The Art Of Culinary Deception
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Premiere October 8, 2006

The edgy and provocative Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie provides exclusive entrée into the passionate inner circle of the food world to uncover the latest cutting-edge food trends, must-use ingredients, kitchen gadgets and food destinations. The 20-part series affords viewers privileged access to an arsenal of trusted industry journalists and epicurean experts who deliver compelling food stories from all around the globe. From street food in Shanghai to a "flameless" restaurant in Spain, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie mixes travel with food to explore, inform and entertain.

Looking at the world food-first, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie is a sophisticated, high-end series that introduces viewers to a feast of cutting-edge food trends, exotic ingredients, and in-the-know food players on an international level. Expanding on the lessons learned during the show's travels, Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl, along with a supporting staff of Gourmet's renowned food editors, go inside the magazine's test kitchens to show viewers how they can bring this diverse culinary landscape into their own homes.

Produced by WGBH and Zero Point Zero Productions in association with Gourmet magazine and Discovery Networks International, and exclusively sponsored by TIAA-CREF. Series release date: 10/8/2006

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Can a great meal be based on deception? Trompe L’Oeil means “fooling the eye,” and some chefs and experts are doing just that. In this episode, we’ll meet a chef who’s been figuring out ways to fool diners for 45 years, feeding them whimsical creations like “scrambled eggs” made out of scallops. Then we’ll travel to New York City to visit a cake-making “studio” where edible foods replace tubes of paint. Back in the Gourmet kitchen, we’ll show you how to create a slice of “watermelon” that looks exactly like the real thing—with seeds made out of chocolate.

RECIPES Faux Beefsteak Tartare Shallot Dressing Basil Oil Gruyère Crisps Virtual Eggs Watermelon Sorbet Slices with Chocolate Seeds

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Collins, Christopher (Series Producer)
Zero Point Zero Productions (Series Producer)
Tenaglia, Lydia (Series Producer)
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