Knorr Event at Europea

August 22, 2010

I was invited to Europea last Tuesday to discover a new product by Knorr.  I won’t lie, I’ve been using their products my whole life along some other organic powder broths. I love making homemade broth too but it really is a question of time. So why not find out about something new especially when Jérôme Ferrer himself does the presentation at his gorgeous restaurant. He was chosen as the French spokesperson for this product so you might already have seen him on French advertisement.

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The evening started with a few chats with the fellow bloggers invited. Jérôme Ferrer then greeted us in his workshop which I covered this summer. The chef was more than friendly and excited about the evening spent with us.

We were then proposed to follow him around while he showed us the insides of his kitchen where about 30 cooks work in a room for salt and a room for sugar. The need was evident as all the desserts for his other locations are made here.

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We then visited the three different floors of the restaurant separated into different concepts to accommodate couples or big groups. It was clear that Europea was really made to please the customer and make sure that no matter what needs the reservation had, they could cover them.

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Goat Cheese Lollipops

Finally, we headed back to the workshop room. With a glass of red wine and a few snacks coming straight up from the adjacent kitchen, Jérôme Ferrer finally presented Knorr’s new Homestyle Stock:

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With chicken or beef, the new Homestyle stock features a higher quality product to prepare soups or sauces as it really is a reduction of a broth. The stock also features a higher sodium quantity, double the quantity of regular Knorr broth. From my experience trying it at home, I would definitely keep the Homestyle stock for special recipes that need bold flavors and complete the ingredients.

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To showcase the new stock, chef Jérôme Ferrer and his sous-chef for the evening Marie cooked both one recipe they worked on before.

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Lemon Chicken and Broccoli - View recipe

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Risotto with Lemon Confit

Both recipes were delicious and very simple. Jérôme and Marie really made sure that a minimum of ingredients would be used to really feature both stocks flavors.

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An extra plate at the end to taste a trio of sweetness coming from Europea’s kitchen. Special mention for their delicious macaron!

My visit to Europea was really appreciated and it was great honor to meet Jérôme Ferrer. I think it’s a safe bet to step in any of his restaurants after seeing his passion for food. I actually got a scoop that evening and can’t wait to mention more about it!

As for Knorr, if this article made you curious about the new broth line, you might also be interested by their contest. Submit your recipes, which should be simple but full of flavors and win a trip to London, England!

Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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