Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chef Joël Robuchon et Alice @Vegas UnCork'd 2014

What an honor and privilege to assist Chef Joel Robuchon at Bon Appetit's Vegas Uncork'd 2014 cooking demo at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. This cooking demo with Chef Joel and his Team of Chefs was"my finest hour"!   Photographs were taken by professional photographer, Chris Andrade of Cashman Productions.   

Vegas Uncork'd 2014 Joel Robuchon cooking demo with celebrity food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Chef Joel, celebrity food stylist Alice Hart, Chef Philippe Braun, Chef Eric Bouchenoire 

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
I must taste The Sauce!

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Just a little more salt, Chef!

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robucvhon Cooking demo L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Precision in creating the Salmon Tartar.  Chefs' Joel, Steve Benjamin and Eric Bouchenoire  

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
TV monitor close-up of the Salmon Tartar

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo with food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Applause from Team Robuchon! Chefs' Claude Le Tohic, Francois Benot, Eric Bouchenoire, Philippe Braun

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo with food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Perfect (soft peak) hand-whipped cream for Chef's dessert.

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo with food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Enjoying our dessert recipe with Chefs' Francois Benot, Philippe Braun, Claude Le Tohic

2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo with food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Bravo! Alice Hart and Chef Joel 
2014 Vegas UnCork'd Joel Robuchon Cooking demo with food stylist Alice Hart L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Alice and Joel 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Social Grill-New Kingsford Charcoal BBQ Spot

Check out the new Kingsford Charcoal BBQ commercial.   My fantastic assistant, Cheryl Dent and I cooked and grilled 160 burgers, 150 chicken legs, 100 ears of yellow corn, 150 brats and 80 bell peppers until the shot was perfect.  The gentleman "griller" did a great job flipping my "hero" burgers over and over as real flames and smoke got in the way of a clear shot.  Great director and crew.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Assisting Joel Robuchon: My Dream Came True !

I was honored to be personally asked by Chef of the Century, Joel Robuchon, to assist him during Bon Appetit's 2014 sold-out  Las Vegas UnCork'd Cooking Demonstration at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand. The packed house was throughly entertained.  We learned new techniques while enjoying Chef's fantastic luncheon. Veuve-Cliquot Champagne flowed and paired boutique wines complimented each course.   Merci Chef Joel Robuchon,  from your assistant culinaire,  Alice!
Joel Robuchon Cooking Demonstration
Chef Steve Benjamin, Alice and Chef Robuchon
Chef Joel, Alice and Chef Eric making Salmon Tartar Sauce
Alice molding Salmon Tartar while Chef Joel watches!
Our Menu
L'Amuse-Bouche
Le Tartare de Saumon Imperial Cavier
Le Pop Fraise





Chef Robuchon, Alice, Chef Eric Bouchenoire, Chef Philippe Braun
Linda Goldberg, Chef Francois Benot, Chef Claude Le Tohic, Alice,
Susan Atooli, Chef Robuchon, Tina Brewer, Chef Eric Bouchenoire

Friday, April 5, 2013

Food Styling, a Challenge Always

As Food Stylists we are never bored, always challenged and learning.  One day I am doing micro surgery on enrobed nutritional bars for packaging or like yesterday a commercial for local Orange County Fair with a llama named Sissy.    Fun making lots of beautiful corn dogs and sculpting blue cotton candy (a new skill!) into a ladies 60's bouffant eatable wig in the parking lot with wind and moisture in the air!   p.s. Sissy was sweet and didn't eat my food, only the actors ate!  Next week it's off to San Francisco to accept Best Food Stylist and The Julia Child Legacy IACP Awards, a dinner at Rivoli with food writer friend, Carole Saville in Berkeley, then Manresa Restaurant with Chef David Kinch (Los Gatos) ---Very Excited and getting the blue cotton candy out of my hair!!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Julia Child Legacy Award Recipient (IACP)


I am so honored to accept The  IACP Julia Child Legacy Award (paying tribute to Julia's 100th birthday last year).    This one-time IACP writing, food styling, and photography contest was to honor and celebrate Julia's contribution to the culinary landscape.    Award to be accepted in San Francisco early April.  Here's the criteria for the photo below:
Food Styling & Photography Award
Show an image that illustrates something about the work and passion of Julia Child.
The image could be of a finished dish from one of her recipes, a French meal in progress, ingredients or tools she favored in her work, the experience of cooking from her books and so on. 
 The criteria will include but not be limited to: originality of concept composition, technical strength, and depth of emotion or scene conveyed to the viewer.
( I choose to go back to the 1960's centered around her famous cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cuisine" 1961. )

Caption:    My tribute to Julia Child circa1960's.  Her French culinary training, vintage book titles, inspired my culinary career.  Photo taken with Canon S-95 (10mg) camera,  tripod, and natural light.   Photographed and styled by myself in my vintage 1960's home kitchen.  All props and books owned by me, including my 1975 Le Cordon Bleu, Paris Grande Diplome,  1937 Chrome Waring Blender and French brass & painted iron balance scale circa 1900.  Quiche is my own recipe.   
The Julia Child Legacy Award Winning Photo
Photographed and Styled by Alice M. Hart

IACP Award of Excellence, Food Stylist of the Year


After 35+ years of Food Styling creativity, frustration and achievement I have been awarded the International Association of Culinary Professionals 2013 Award of Excellence, Food Stylist of the Year Award.   Will be accepting the award in San Francisco early April. 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Robbie Burn's Birthday Event


Visited Glendale's famous Tam O' Shanter restaurant to experience their 2-day Robbie Burns (Scotland's Famous Poet) birthday celebration.  I wanted to say "thank you" to my dear chef, Ivan Harrison, who took me under his wing when we worked together in 1977 at Lawry's Foods.  He's been retired for 13 years however The Tam requests his artistry in making The Haggis for this annual celebration.  I was honored to meet Dr. McCloud who "addressed the Haggis" with Scottish flare, piper, whiskey and song.  I will definitely go back next year!  


Dr. McCloud, Alice, Chef Ivan Harrison, cute laddie, Piper Cindi & singer

Dr. McCloud attacks The Haggis