Aioli, American style
Aïoli, the gutsy, garlicky emulsion that is sometimes referred to as the mayonnaise of Provence, has become a popular condiment on multi-culti menus.
The Basque region straddles two countries—France and Spain—and its inhabitants have had a long and turbulent history, often caught between warring factions. As a result, the shepherds, fishermen and farmers in the area’s Pyrenees Mountains, seacoast and fields have developed a language all their own and a fierce spirit of independence—some of which infuses their culinary traditions.
When you take three Iron Chefs out of Kitchen Stadium and place them before a live audience of avid listeners, they are very willing to forget their TV rivalry and battle scars. That was quite evident when Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Jose Garces traded quips on a Times Talk panel during the TV Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 9.