At noon on the last working day, the pecan on the next day
Smoked Idaho trout orders have cooled on metal racks, and hundreds or so of salmon fillets cleaned up in Michelle Bluebelt that morning were half of the five fish they needed --hour smoke.
Michelle Blanchett, 60year-
The old boss of the small smoked seafood company turned his attention to two employees
Pack the fillets into ice bags-
Filled foam plastic box.
After working a lifetime with some of the greatest chefs in the industry, Blanchett now offers hand-made smoked salmon to some of them, because he insisted on personal, artistic contact rather than assembly, he opened up a signature business for an important customer nationwide --line approach. "Listo [ready]?
The short French man asked in Spanish, nodding his head at a few boxes of smoked fish.
Their destination is Washington, D. C. C.
National Gallery of Art, former Los AngelesA. -
Chef Michelle Richard, recent short film
Social life citrus in Hollywood, along with the Impressionist painting exhibition, opened a temporary cafe.
Another employee is working on a high-name for joel Robuchon-
French restaurant in Las Vegas.
"FedEx does not wait.
"You have to be ready every day," said Blanche, a native of the Loire Valley, with a spicy accent.
He stopped to pick up his phone in English, went to French to discuss the upcoming order, and returned to Spanish as soon as he hung up.
The dishes ordered by these chefs
$, Smoked salmon by hand
Not exactly the backbone of classic French cuisine-
Blanche did not find it unusual.
"It's hard to find good smoked fish," he said . "of-factly.
We have customers from Italian restaurants, France and the United States.
I think smoked fish is more Scottish?
"Blanchett is more interested in the production of his humble factory, which itself is a cultural melting pot, not the historical origin of smoked salmon.
His wife came from Gorica, and she went with Margaret some, margar Tower and others.
El Yaakoube, plant operations manager, grew up in Belgium (
He talked to Blanchett mainly in French)
But it was recommended by a local Italian chef.
The factory staff are Latino, so it's not uncommon to hear three languages --
French, English and Spanish
Talking at the same time.
However, despite the diversity of languages, there is a self-evident connection between them.
Blanchett suddenly and urgently announced: "I have to make lunch," and he disappeared into the office near the production kitchen.
He imported the dry flag bean moghrabieh (
(Lebanon)and furikake (
Dried Japanese fish and seaweed condiments)
On the shelves of the office, there are several boxes of falford.
"I like Italian food," he said . " He was laughing all day.
The love of cooking is the reason why Blanchett ended in a twist in the smoke --fish business.
When he was a teenager, he worked as an apprentice at Paulnay's restaurant in the central French town. after graduation, he worked in several country taverns and later went to restaurants in Paris.
In 1973, he moved to New York to serve as a composer Sonnier (
Chef in charge of seafood dishes)of the now-
La Caravelle, a French restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, is closed.
Moving to Los Angeles two years later is not part of his plan. "A friend in L. A.
"I told me that a new restaurant L'Ermitage is opening and needs a chef, so I went," recalls Blanchett . ".
Young suss is a famous French restaurant.
The chef started pumping salmon first.
The quality here [in L. A. ]
"Not so good, so I just made one for myself," he said, with considerable humility for a chef second only to Jean Bertranou, who many consider to be the father of fine French cuisine in Los Angeles.
After Bertranou's death in 1980, Blanchet was selected as the head of the kitchen.
After L'Ermitage closed on 1991, Blanchet was at high-
Working in a restaurant, including three-
In the year now
The restaurant was closed at the Beverly Hilton.
He opened Michelle blue belt in 1995.
"I have to do something for me," he was next door to the industrial kitchen, and an employee was feeding salmon slices, nearly 2 feet long each, through a machine cut neatly from the tough skin.
Another employee removed the long dark meat extending along the center of each sashimi and carefully cut off enough surface meat, so the whole sashimi is a vibrant coral color.
During the busy week, thousands of pounds of this Canadian salmon will enter the body of Blanchett's smokers.
"It's always the freshest and best," he explains, who prefers Canadian fish.
He mainly uses farmed salmon.
Even though he's crazy about special orders)
The purchase was only enough to satisfy the order for that week, just as he had smoked fish by hand at L'Ermitage a few years ago.
At the request of the customer, Blanchett added tuna, Coho salmon and scallops to the menu's more classic smoked salmon and trout.
But not everything is the same as the restaurant.
He took a proud shot of his Danish slicer and raised a piece of paper and said, "No one can cut the fish so thin . "
The slicer has invested more than $100,000 and is one of the most important investments in Blanchett in recent years.
He also bought a computer smoker four years ago to compete for his bragging rights.
"Even on the hottest day, computers can stay at the right temperature and humidity," he said . " He still seems surprised by the technology (
Cold smokers cook meat slowly at low temperatures, usually around 90 degrees Fahrenheit to keep moisture and create a soft texture).
But for some customers, Blanchett will still
Adjust his standard saltand-
Sugar curing according to strict specifications.
"It's hard for him to accept," said Blanchett, nodding his head at a small box of smoked salmon from robaxiong.
Chefs with special requests tend to order so little quantity that Blanchett can't make money from their smoking --Chinook whims.
"But I'm also a cook, so it's an honor when they come and knock on the door.
"After the FedEx agent received the order for the day, Blanchett focused on the most pressing task at hand: making lunch.
He squatted on the stove as intently as he stirred and tasted the creamy tomato sauce.
"This is how I keep it [my employees]
"Work here and cook for them," he said half jokingly . ".
In addition to pasta, typical working day meals may include lamb and new potatoes, herbs
Slow roast chicken or generous beef nuggets
Red fever of the Blanche family
The size of the copper pot.
When farfalle is the perfect al dente, Blanchet adds pasta to the sauce. "Ven a comer [Come eat]
"He called and scooped up a lot of pasta on the plastic tray and poured each one in a thick pan --
He soon cooked the top New York steak next door (
Food regulations prohibit cooking meat in seafood production facilities).
When his staff returned to eat outside, Blanchett began cleaning up the stove to prepare for the next day's order.
"I try to run it like a family business.
"Surfas, Wally's wines and spirits, Larchmont Village's wines and spirits, and the meat and fish companies of the new McCall all have Michelle blue cloth smoked fish. in Los Feliz. food@latimes.