Fallen tree with heart of palm
Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter restaurant in Miami came up with a dish of the Fallen tree about 6 years ago. The main component is the heart of palm, that has been seared, and shiitake and bamboo butter after being compressed and poached, and a mushroom dashi. Then you have a tree stump that is carved out of a royal trumpet mushroom and cryovaced with walnut oil and gently steamed like a confit. Under pressure it allows it to absorb that nutty flavor.
Smeared on the plate is a play on mud, it's a toasted union and black garlic and finish with a little bit of tomari soya sauce. And then Chef Brad Kilgore used other elements to create that visual of the fallen tree in the forest, like twigs made out of mushrooms, moss made of herbs, roots under the stump made out of crispy leaks. He even sprinkled a little poffed wild rice on top to look like grubs that would be crawling around in the forest. This is definitely one of my favorite plates.Watch full video
'Making the difference'
"I really understood the capabilities of the machine when the first time I put the heart of palm into it with the mushroom dashi. You could see it expanding and compressing and pulling the juice into it. I went through the same process that I had done in the past, but the final result was absolutely amazing. You could taste the difference immediately, you could see it, you could feel it. The texture was better, the flavor was better, the earthiness came out. You could tell the machine really made a difference. And that's because of the special programming and the control settings that the Henkelman vacuum packaging machines with Advanced control have. My Henkelman allows me to elevate the techniques that I have here at the restaurant."More about Alter Miami
Advanced control, also known as ACS, includes functions like marinating, tenderizing, sequential vacuum and red meat. It's available on multiple series. The Chef's Boxer 35 allows him to elevate one of his signature dishes and take it to another level.