Tarrytown House Estate Executive Chef Meets Unique Group of Discerning Diners
Tarrytown, NY (June 14, 2011) â€“ For Chris Hettinger, Executive Chef of Tarrytown House Estate, preparing dishes for some of the most discerning diners (corporate groups and wedding parties) is something he was trained to do and a talent he has kept honing during his 14-year career.
But recently, he faced one of his biggest challenges yet when he visited The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey. There he prepared a healthy mac and cheese dish and discussed the importance of healthy eating for one of the youngest, discerning groups yetâ€”a gathering of about 35 school children between the ages of seven and nine.
Their expectations were quite high. After all, some of their generation just served as a panel of judges in Destination Hotels & Resortsâ€™ 2011 Healthy Kids Recipe Contest.Â And two of them, a brother and sister, are the children of a parent who just won that contest for her multigrain mac and cheese recipe. Clearly, this wasnâ€™t kids stuff for Chef Hettinger.
Chef Hettingerâ€™s appearance was the culmination of this yearâ€™s Healthy Kids Recipe Contest that was won by Lorin Cook.Â Ms. Cookâ€™s mac and cheese was one of three that made the final round of judging held at the Inverness Hotel in Denver, Colorado.Â The chefs prepared the finalistsâ€™ recipes in the hotelâ€™s test kitchen where a panel of kids, acting as judges along with some of the Destination chefs, tasted them and decided which was the best.Â The youngsters also learned how to prepare the healthy recipes. Ms. Cookâ€™s entry was one of 75 recipes that had submitted to the contest.
Ms. Cook is the mother of four including Teri, 9 and Jacob, 7 who were part of a group of kids who were treated to the cooking demo. Tarrytown House Estate was selected to make the presentation because it is the closest Destination Hotels & Resorts destination to Elisabeth Morrow. Tarrytown House provided all the cooking utensils, equipment and food products.
In addition to the cooking demo, Chef Hettinger discussed the health benefits associated with the ingredients and cooking methods used. The food item he prepared did not use tree nuts, nut oils, pears, kiwis or apples due to allergies of certain children.
Richard Porteus, Tarrytown House and Estate Director of Food & Beverage, said: â€śWe are fortunate that the winner of this yearâ€™s Healthy Kids Recipe Contest lives in close proximity to our hotel. It gave us the opportunity to support the Destination Hotels and Resortsâ€™ mission of promoting healthy eating at an early age in a very meaningful way.â€ť
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Hettinger began his career with the Tarrytown House Estate in 1997 as a breakfast cook and worked his way up through the ranks to executive sous chef. His cooking style is described as American Regional with international nuances. He relies on Hudson Valley meats, fish and produce for his culinary creations.
He is also executive chef of Tarrytown House Estateâ€™s restaurant, Cellar 49, located in the lower level of the Biddle Mansion, which was originally the home to Mary Duke Biddle's bowling alley. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a private dining room set right within the wine cellar itself.
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