Hot Chef: Gerald Drummond wants to teach you to grill

chefgeraldheadshot-2

Chef Gerald Drummond is making food a fine art. He works at Granite Hill, a Stephen Starr restaurant inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There Drummond is hosting monthly cooking demos, and next up is the art of grilling. So don your “kiss the cook” apron and fire up the grill.

What is the day-to-day like over at Granite Hill?

Well. we just had a really good week because of the U.S. Open. We hosted three different types of events based around that. There were players and commentators here, which was cool. The museum is humongous, so the events can range from 40 to 3,500 guests.

What’s it like going from a stand-alone restaurant to one within the museum?

It’s a serious transition. There’s a very, very big difference between the two. From a logistical standpoint, we’re supposed to handle all the moving parts. In a restaurant you know if your ovens work, if your staff is in, and that you’re going to serve 200 people. And if the place closes at 11 o’clock, then you’re done cooking at 11 o’clock. There are a lot more moving parts within catering. And if a customer wants something you find a way to make it happen.

Can you tell us a little about the chef demonstrations held each month at the PMA?

I had the idea last October. We wanted to find a way to bridge food and art together as a way to really partner with the museum. Right now we’re working on our fall and winter line up.

So you plan to keep the demos going beyond the summer?

Yes. After the response we received for the first two classes, we definitely want to keep doing this. The first class was sushi – my background is mostly in Asian cuisine. But what makes these classes truly interactive is that everyone who left the class that day had their own sushi roll – that they made, not me – in their hands. The first thing we teach people when they walk in the room is to relax and enjoy themselves. You can see the pride in their faces when they’re done and they’ve made something themselves. And they take a lot of pictures of the food they make.

 

If you go

Cooking demo

July 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
$29-$32,  215-763-8100
www.philamuseum.org.

 

 

 

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.