We were recently invited to a cooking class at Ma Maison, the beautiful, classic little French restaurant in the Back Bay helmed by Chef Jacky Robert. I've been a fan of his for years. Robert's dedication to simple, delicious food and classic technique is legendary. The fact that he has no interest at all in celebrity chef status is both refreshing and admirable.
We settled in and were immediately served fresh croissants and champagne. Today we'd be making a chocolate soufflé. Chef Robert often hosts these cooking classes, after which one is served lunch, to raise money for his favorite cause: On Board For Kids. The association organizes fundraising events to help children in need around the world. We are happy to help spread the word.
For now, however, it's time to get to work. Most of the attendees, including the food writers like myself, have never actually made a soufflé before. I was both curious and concerned about the odds that mine would be a flop.
Blogger Elissa Garza of StyleWire was a few seats away and taking directions quite seriously. Chef had us whipping and folding like pros.
Once the mix was ready we buttered and sugar coated our ramekins, ready to be filled and baked.
While we enjoyed lunch (more on that in our next post) the soufflés baked and were then presented. I felt like I was a guest on a French version of The Great British Baking Show.
And while I did not take home the top prize I did quite a respectable job. At least my soufflé did not collapse.
On Board For Kids will be holding a sunset cruise on Saturday, September 23, which will be here before you know it. There will be gourmet food, glorious views and lots of fun while you support a cause that can truly change the lives of young children. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.