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Chefs Shine in New TV Show

Posted By Anneli Rufus On August 29, 2013 @ 10:07 am In Cooking,San Francisco/Bay Area | No Comments

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Lewis Rossman Chefs Shine in New TV Show

Lewis Rossman, executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House


by Anneli Rufus


Lewis Rossman, the executive chef of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, gave viewers an inside view of his lobster roll and demonstrated a rock cod recipe on Tasteable: California, a new TV series in which chefs at noted Golden State restaurants show off some of their best-selling dishes.


Created by TasteTV, the series airs on KRCB Public Television. Episode 1 included Berkeley’s Bistro Liaison, Sausalito’s Le Garage Bistro and Sam’s Chowder House, among others.


Series host and TasteTV founder André Crump told me that each half-hour episode is designed as a kind of patchwork, spanning a wide range of restaurant types, personalities and food-and-drink recipes that represent California’s culinary diversity.


Rossman characterized his approach to cooking as he strode through the restaurant’s kitchen and past its stunning sea views in Episode 1.


“My philosophy is based on balance… a little bit of sweet, a little bit of salty, a little bit of acid, a little bit creamy” — not to mention merging the fruits of the sea with the fruits of the land, always spotlighting the local and seasonal, he said.


Served on a brioche-style bun, each lobster roll contains as much meat as a whole pound-and-a-half lobster, Rossman revealed.


Then he demonstrated his rock cod dish, searing local rock cod in one oiled pan while sautéeing local kale in another and warming agave nectar-sweetened pumpkin purée in a pot. Because cod is not an overly rich fish, it balances well with the earthiness of pumpkin and kale, Rossman explained while finishing the dish with brown butter.


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Related Content:
Tasteable: California webpage
TasteTV webpage


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