Chef Jacques La Merde's artful plates of Doritos and other college pantry staples have made her(!) an Instagram star. And don't expect her ingredients to change just because she'll be in NYC for Valentine's Day.
La Merde, who was recently revealed to be Canadian chef Christine Flynn last month on "Top Chef," is cooking a five-course Valentine's Day meal at Mile End Deli this Sunday. It'll be her first time cooking in New York, and she tells Food Republic that the restaurant is a special location for her.
"One of my old bosses gave me their cookbook, and I make so many of those recipes," she tells the online magazine. "So when they approached me, it was kind of a no-brainer: that style of restaurant, a little more whimsical and fun, super-talented chefs. It’s going to be a lot of fun."
The chef's French pseudonym translates to Jack Shit, though she says her fine dining-style dishes made with chips, candy, cereal and other fare "foraged" in grocery aisles are not about mocking or criticism — they come out of a genuine love of junk food, which she wasn't allowed to have as a child.
Her menu at Mile End will use the ingredients the restaurant is known for, including bagels and smoked meats, but still staying true to Flynn's junk food sensibilities.
Here's the full menu, in La Merde's signature all-caps style. Tickets are $125 per person, and reservations are available by calling 646-494-9508.
Amuse: BLACK SEED DORITO FLAVORED BAGEL BITES ROMANCED WITH RANCH DIPPING SAUCE, FANCY LEAFS.
Salad-y Course: ENCHANTED PICKLE LABYRINTH FT. SCHMALTZ AIOLI, SHARDS OF CHICKEN SKIN AND KOZLICKS, TRIPLE CRUNCH
Smoked Fish Course: SMOKED SABLE FISH, POPPY SEED BLINI, DEVILED QUAIL EGG, COTTAGE CHEESE CREMA, SALMON ROE, PICKLED BEET GEL
Meat Course: SMALL PORTION OF CORNED BRISKET PLATED PRETTY FANCY OVER ROBUCHON CELERIAC COCKTAIL ONIONS AND MARBLE RYE SOIL. MORE FANCY LEAFS
Dessert Course: DUNK-A-RUGELACH ACCENTED W/ CANDIED BANANA, TORCHED MALLOW, FUNFETTI FROSTIN
Reverse Amuse: Fernet floats