NAIT's Hokanson Chef In Residence: Michael Stadtländer

NAIT's Chef In Residence Program

It was a big week for me last week. Solidifying my new part-time identity as a food blogger, I was invited to attend the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's (NAIT) Chef in Residence Luncheon (Someone IS reading this blog! Thanks for the invite Linda!). And as it would turn out, this event exceeded my expectations, for several reasons.

The camaraderie was spectacular.  It was fantastic to meet some of the #yeg bloggers that I have followed for years.  A witty, happy, dynamic and interesting group - I felt instantly welcomed.  Although technically strangers - after drinks and food and stories and laughs - they didn't feel it at the end of the luncheon.

Of course, another highlight was the incredible food. Chef Michael Stadtländer is a world renowned chef and after spending the week mentoring NAITs School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts students, they prepared us an incredible three course meal.

NAIT's Chef In Residence Program

To start, we were treated to Pan-Fried Alberta Whitefish wrapped with an in-house smoked pork fat back and served with creamed lentils and a red beet horseradish sauce. It was an incredible dish.  The fish was tender and the pork fat added a saltiness that complimented but didn't overwhelm the fish.  If you're interested in re-creating this dish, Sharman posted the recipe on her blog, Passion for Pork, and it can be found here

NAIT's Chef In Residence

Up next was a Rare Roasted Beef Tenderloin served alongside a vegetable cake and wild mushroom jus. Despite being past rare, the tenderloin was incredibly flavourful and tender. The root vegetable cake - visually quite beautiful - was layered with a creamy onion thyme sauce and was finished with a three year old cheddar that sent this dish over the top.  

Dessert was a Vienna Apple Strudel with a Chantilly Crème. Not too sweet, the dessert highlighted the apples and was a perfect way to end the meal.

NAIT's Chef In Residence

While all of the food was spectacular, I think the real highlight of the luncheon was realizing what an incredible opportunity the Chef in Residence program is for students at NAIT's School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in particular and for Edmonton's culinary scene in general.  Bringing in a renowned chef such as Michael Stadtländer (or the previous Resident Chefs such as Chef David Adjey, Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Rob Feenie) to personally mentor students is an irreplaceable experience, exposing these students to innovative cooking techniques and ensuring they are at the forefront of the latest culinary trends and styles.  

NAIT's Chef In Residence Program
NAIT's Chef In Residence Program
NAIT's Chef In Residence Program
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NAIT's Chef In Residence Program
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NAIT's Chef In Residence Program
NAIT's Chef In Residence Program

If the food was a testament to the skills honed by students from Michael Stadtländer during NAIT's Chef in Residence Program, we can expect great things from these young chefs in the future.  And that's good for all of Edmonton.

Until next week....

James Ede Signature