Bring These Coveted U.S. Restaurants To Your Home With A Live Cook-Along

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Bring These Coveted U.S. Restaurants To Your Home With A Live Cook-Along

Since going out to eat is all but a distant memory, we’re bringing you the next best thing.

As part of our new ‘Lockdown Live’ series, curated in partnership with Martell, we’re spotlighting some of the country’s most exciting artists and chefs. Next up is acclaimed Chef James Rigato from Detroit restaurant Mabel Gray and Top Chef, followed by New York’s very own Chef Sean Froedtert of Comparti and Cosmico Wine Barand they’ll be cooking up a storm!

Taking over Secret NYC’s Instagram live feed first at 6pm on Thursday, April 23, James Rigato will be teaching you how to make the most of your kitchen during quarantine. Rigato, who opened his Coney-style diner Mabel Gray in Detroit in 2015, has been recognized for his skills a number of times since as a James Beard’s “Best New Restaurant” semi-finalists, a four-time James Beard semi-finalist for  “Best Chef: Great Lakes”, as a contestant of Top Chef season 12, and being named “The People’s Best New Chef: Great Lakes Region” by Food & Wine.

Now, he’ll be sharing some of those impressive skills with our readers when he whips up the perfect pan-roasted steak with shallot & peppercorn cognac cream sauce on Instagram live! 

If you’d like to cook along with him, you’ll need:

  • 1 dry aged ny strip steak
  • Whole butter
  • Salt, pepper
  • Shallot
  • Peppercorn
  • Martell Cognac
  • Heavy Cream
  • Dijon
  • Parsley
  • Worcestershire 

Once you’ve nailed James Rigato’s technique for a perfect pan-roasted steak, join us again on Tuesday, April 28 for Chef Sean Froedtert’s elevated sautéed mushrooms on toast. A  New Yorker himself, Froedtert is currently the Executive Chef at Comparti New York and Cosmico Wine Bar in Williamsburg, after working at a number of popular city staples like Buvette and Bobo. In his Lockdown Live session, Froedtert will be teaching you how to incorporate soul into your dishes with his unique cooking style. 

If you’d like to whip up this posh version of your classic mushrooms on toast to cook alongside Froedtert, be sure to have these ingredients on hand:

  • 12 oz mixed mushrooms(more variety the better, but hey we’re quarantined so use what you have)
  • 4 pcs sliced bread(you can use all that sourdough you’ve been baking)
  • 1 Shallot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4C heavy cream 
  • 1 bottle Martell Cognac

Each week on Lockdown Live, talented local creatives will continue to take over our Instagram live feed, bringing you beautiful music or teaching you something new in the kitchen. On Friday, April 10, rising artist Emmalyn Estrada took over the Secret NYC Instagram feed for a mesmerizing live performance — and we can’t wait to show you what else we have in store.  

Stay tuned for future updates on our Lockdown Live series and sign up via the Fever app to get alerts.

Lockdown Live has been curated in partnership with Martell. 


Also published on Medium.

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