October 26, 2010
Let’s eat: Local chefs share recipes for success
Cincinnati USA has a reputation for eating, and eating well. With that tradition in mind, HYPE’s next CincyChat focuses on two local culinary stars: Chef/Owner Jean-Robert de Cavel and Pastry Chef and Instructor Betsy LaSorrella.
de Cavel recently opened his latest contribution to the region, Jean-Robert’s Table. While planning the new restaurant, de Cavel also was named as the chef-in-residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. At the Midwest Culinary Institute, de Cavel reconnected with one of his former pastry chefs at the Maisonette: LaSorrella.
de Cavel has lived in Cincinnati since 1993, when he became chef de cuisine at the legendary Maisonette restaurant, continuing the run of Mobile 5 stars. From 2002 through early 2009, de Cavel was the founding partner, chef de cuisine and creative force of Jean-Robert at Pigall’s, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Greenup Café and Lavomatic Café. He has been recognized as ‘Person of the Year’ from both Cincinnati CityBeat and the French American Chamber of Commerce (Cincinnati Chapter). He has also been featured in Wine Spectator, Bon Appétit, Food Arts, Gourmet and Esquire. He is a three-time nominee for Best Chef, Midwest by the James Beard Foundation and in 2007 he joined Maitres Cuisiniers de France, becoming a French Master Chef, one of less than 60 in North America.
Since 2005, LaSorrella has served as both a pastry chef instructor at Midwest Culinary Institute and as an instructor for the Bachelor of Science program in Culinary Arts and Science at the University of Cincinnati. After her run at the Maisonette, where she worked for six years, she moved on to work as the pastry chef at the Celestial Restaurant for another six years. While at the Celestial, Betsy participated in the International Special Events Society’s Sweet Adventures pastry competitions, winning Best Presentation in 2002 and first place for Best Dessert in 2003. Later in 2003 Betsy went to work at Daveed’s restaurant in Mt Adams. In 2006, Cincinnati Magazine recognized LaSorella as the city’s “Dessert Diva.” She also had a part in helping with “The Dish” broadcast by providing desserts that complimented the theme for the day. LaSorrella is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration and anticipates graduation this year.
Both de Cavel and LaSorrella will partner for a unique experience on Tuesday, Nov. 9. This special edition of CincyChat will be held at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State. Attendees will have a chance to learn about these two chefs, hear about the paths they took to get to the top of the profession and experience some of their food creations. Join us for this tasty treat on Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Midwest Culinary Institute. Your ticket includes a complimentary drink and appetizers.