Mr. Jurgielewicz took his guests through the seven-week life of a duck, from egg to plate, and answered a “duck pond” full of questions. Chef Pierre demonstrated cooking methods and created a honey-wine sauce while explaining technique and nomenclature. He also talked about the attitude and commitment it takes to be successful gourmet chef.
During the Chef’s demonstration, the audience was treated to ample portions of delicious duck confit and duck breast in the honey-wine sauce that he had prepared.
The evening ended on a generous note when Mr. Jurgielewicz presented scholarship awards to Gigi Hernandez and Carmen Batista, two Monroe College culinary students for their excellence in the culinary arts.
The next event in the series, “The Cheese Stands Alone”, featuring cheese magnate Regina McDuffee, will be held on Tuesday, July 13, in the King Hall gym from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.