Earning Folds in My Toque

There’s a belief that each fold in the original toque (the tall pleated hat symbolizing the head chef) represented the mastery of an egg technique.  30 folds meant 30 different techniques.  Looking at Chef’s Le Cordon Bleu toque I notice there must be about 40 folds.  How many egg techniques are there, I wonder?  And then I imagine my […]

A Trip to the Market

Tokyo is a very international city and you can find all the Western ingredients you want, if you know where to look.  The city itself is mad about Western pastries.  You can’t walk 10 feet without seeing a bakery or pastry shop.  Most Japanese grocery stores have a fresh pastry section, but few have the […]