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Thursday, 29 March 2018

A European Cheese and Raclette Party With Cheese Master Chef Pierre Gay At CoCott KL

Meltingly Good
A European Cheese & Raclette Party 
With Cheese Master Chef Pierre Gay 
At CoCott KL
A European Cheese and Raclette Party With Cheese Master Chef Pierre Gay At CoCott KL

CHEESE! Tell me who's not a fan of cheese? Everyone loves a good cheese - Cheese is undoubtedly one of the most admirable delicacies. It delivers simple pleasure to stimulate all the senses: it catches the eye, caresses our fingers, and tantalizes the tongue.

You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cheese is always on the menu, no matter what time of day it is for any cheese lovers. Cheese can make almost anything taste delicious. Remember, cheese is an amazing food that ultimately displays an amazing range tastes and flavours.

Honoured To Meet Chef Pierre Gay, A Cheese Master From France

Cheese is considered to be one of the most versatile foods in the world, cheese can be eaten as it is, paired with a classy wine or even incorporated into any dishes - from cold to hot, sweet to spicy, from appetisers to desserts - most cheese recipes only need a few additional items added to the star ingredient to make them fantastic. 

Excited To Meet Chef Pierre Gay Giving Us  An Insight Into The World European Cheese 
Raclette Party at Cocott' KL

Well, most recently I had one of the most satisfying cheezy experience attending a meltingly good ~ 'A European Cheese and Raclette Party with Cheese Master, Chef Pierre Gay at Cocott' KL, a casual French restaurant located at TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail. 

Sensory Experience - Creativity, Sense, Mouth, Heart, Taste & Mind

If your only encounter with melted cheese is limited to pizza or toastie, then you have a lot of experience in the amazingly incredible satisfying world of molten cheese. But when it comes to melting cheese, not all cheeses are equal - some melt better than others, allowing unlocked textures, flavours and taste to ooze out. Read on as I share more about the wonderful world of European Cheeses.

Cheese Master, Chef Pierre Gay

Chef Pierre Gay, a renowned cheese master, cheese connoisseur and expert from France, shared his extensive knowledge of European cheese through a Raclette party jointly organized by the French Interbranch Dairy Organization and European Union, to promote the pre-eminence and finesse of European Cheese.

I have a memorable eye-opening experience at this European Cheese Raclette Party tasting, not one but seven different selections of European cheese at the table. Chef Pierre Gay shares with us his vast knowledge of European Cheese thus guiding us on how to appreciate fine European Cheeses by engaging our senses.

Exquisite Showcase Of European Cheese

With a mission to educate the public in Malaysia of the different varieties of European cheeses, and how best to enjoy them, Chef Pierre Gay gave an insight into the world European cheese through a Raclette Party at Cocott' KL.

According to Chef Pierre Gay, "Raclette is a fairly new concept in Malaysia and for a country that loves cheese so much, this is an experience that Malaysians do not want to miss. Raclette is a kind of cheese made of cow milk that has been broiled and melted under direct heat until oozy and a bit crispy and usually scraped over potatoes, crunchy vegetables or cured meats".

He went on to explain that watching the cheese melt and bring scraped over food is part of the sensory experience of a Raclette. Chef Pierre Gay, himself is the owner of Pierre Gay Fromagerie - one of the oldest cheese houses in Annecy, in the Rhone-Alps in eastern France.

The fromagerie is known in the region for its fine cheeses was started in 1935, and Pierre took over the company in 1989 from his father. His dedication and efforts paid off when he was crowned Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) in the year 2011, a recognition of being the top in the trade.  

Chef added that the secret to choosing the right cheese for a Raclette is the moisture content ~ "The more moisture the cheese has, the better it melts. Generally, European cheeses are more suited for the Raclettes and favourites are the signature Raclette Cheese, Emmental and Comte. Once melted, they will have a nuttier, sweeter flavour." 

Chef Pierre Gay Scraping The Lucious Raclette Cheese Melt

Chef also demonstrated how to melt Raclette cheese over a large Raclette machine, to which he scraped over the cured meats and condiments to the delight of the guests. "The Raclette cheese is an excellent melting cheese and the main cheese used in raclettes and fondues. Pungent and savoury, the Raclette's pH level gives it the perfect melting point resulting in a molten liquid that is stringy and holds its shape at the same time," he added. 

European Cheeses Ready To Be Served

Tabletop Raclette Hot Stove

Members of the media and guests, including yours truly were treated to various cheeses, given a chance to melt and enjoy Brie, Reblochon, Fourme D'Ambert, Comte, Saint Nectaire, Gouda and Scamorza over tabletop Raclette hot stove, enjoyed with various cooked and raw vegetable, meat, condiments and freshly baked bread.

 Various Ingredients To Be Eaten With The European Cheese

Grilling The Lamb & Molten Cheese Over The Stove

An enjoyable dining experience where you get to choose your favourite cheese to go with your choice of meat, bread, fruit or vegetables with the seasoning of salt, pepper and chilli flakes too. 

Lamb was also a big hit with everyone that day. Fresh and juicy not marinated lamb chunks were grilled lightly to be eaten with Fourme D'Ambert as the dipping sauce.

Fourme D'Ambert

Menu For The Day 

Well, that's all about it - my heavenly tasting experience with Cheese Master, Chef Pierre Gay as we indulge ourselves crazy over these lip-smacking fine European cheeses at the Raclette party at CoCott KL.

European cheeses are always of the highest quality with stringent quality control and regulations in Europe and that the best cheese products are readily available to cheese lovers in Malaysia. Europe's cheeses are the very embodiment of the continent's diversity with over 1200 varieties to enjoy in awe.

A Raclette which is a new concept in Malaysia is a great way to enjoy European cheeses with your family and friends and can be easily recreated at the comfort of your home, giving the traditional cheese platter a more novel and enjoyable upgrade.

Bet you must be drooling by now - go ahead and organise your very own Raclette Party and be ready to melt into a sensational epicurean journey with the world's best European cheeses. 

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