About the Series
Great Chefs, Great Specials
The Great Chefs specials are each one hour long collections and tributes to the greatest recipes of each disc. Enjoy a full hour of quality recipes and cooking programs for our famed series.
What You’ll Get
GREAT CHEFS – HAVE 12 REASONS TO LEAVE YOUR DIET
Just for one night‚ or, if you really want to indulge, just for twelve nights. Forget the sprouts and yogurt. In one single hour, twelve Great Chefs give you a dozen spectacular reasons to forget your waistline on GREAT CHEFS DESSERTS©.
Like all of the GREAT CHEFS television specials, DESSERTS takes you right into the actual kitchens with the chefs as you watch then beat whipping cream into peaks, flame bananas with rum sauce, and press pecans into the rich chocolate glaze topping a bourbon-soaked cake. The chefs and their restaurants are among the best in the United States ‚ Jean Banchet of Chicago, André Soltner of New York, Max Schacher in San Francisco, Gunter Preuss in New Orleans.
For people who think dessert always involves chocolate, the program includes Chocolate and Bourbon Pecan Cake, and Progrès with Two Chocolate Mousses. But if you´re willing to be open-minded about desserts, the program has many other options. Poached Pear Stuffed with Ice Cream, Stanford Court Bread Pudding from the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, Walnut Pie a la Mode, Crème Caramel, Cinnamon Peach Tart, Warm Apple Tart, and a Grand Marnier Soufflé are all presented. Carolyn Buster in Chicago makes her Cottage Raspberry Cake, and Gunter Preuss creates Strawberry Crepes. Also included is a dish which has become a signature for Brennan´s in New Orleans, and for New Orleans itself: Bananas Foster. For this dish, chef Michael Roussel creates a sauce of banana liqueur, sugar, and cinnamon, then sautés banana halves slightly before placing them over vanilla ice cream. The hot sauce and flaming rum are spooned over the bananas as they are served.
GREAT CHEFS DESSERTS© is a full hour of indulgence, but the steps are carefully given and the presentation is shown so that the dishes can be duplicated at home. And enjoyed.
GREAT CHEFS DESSERTS© is a production of Great Chefs Television in New Orleans, U.S.A.; John Shoup, executive producer; John Beyer, writer/director.
Twelve of the finest chefs in America prepare their best desserts and show you how to make them yourself in your own kitchen. Try Carolyn Buster’s Cottage Raspberry Cake (Chicago), Bananas Foster (Brennan’s/New Orleans), Creme Caramel (Crozier’s/New Orleans), and Grand Marnier Souffle (Le Français/Chicago). 1 hour.
Poached Pear Stuffed with Ice Cream
Ambria- Chicago, IL
The Versailles- New Orleans, LA
Cottage Raspberry Cake
Chocolate & Bourbon Pecan Cake
The Winnetka Grill- Chicago, IL
Crozier’s- Metairie, LA
Cinnamon Peach Tart & Stanf ord Court Bread Pudding
Stanford Court Hotel- San Francisco, CA
Warm Apple Tart
The Dining Room- Chicago, IL
Progres with Two Chocolate Mousses
Jean Marc Loustaunau
Le Titi de Paris- Chicago, IL
Brennan’s- New Orleans, LA
Walnut Pie a la Mode
Max Schacher & Cynthia Henderson
Le Coquelicot- San Francisco, CA
Grand Marnier Souffle
Le Francais- Chicago, IL