My Last Supper
50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals
Portraits, Interviews and Recipes
Author: Melanie Dunea
What would you want to eat for your final meal? That is one of the questions Melanie Dunea asked each of the 50 famous chefs in her book. Some of the chefs included Anthony Bourdain, Thomas Keller, Mario Batalli and Lidia Bastianich, just to name four. The answers Dunea received might surprise you. The meals ranged from a simple BLT sandwich to a decadent Roman style feast.
This book is a wonderful read and it sparked a great conversation with my friends about what our final meals would entail. I asked each person the 6 questions in the book and I ended up learning a lot about my friends.
Here are my answers.
1) What would be your last meal on earth?
I would want a long, relaxed and eclectic meal that consisted of all my favourite foods. Foods I grew up with. Foods I've discovered along the way. Nothing overly complicated and fussy, just great tasting food.
I'd start with simple sushi rolls followed by some Har Gow which are Chinese shrimp and ginger dumplings. Next I would want some Calde Verde, a Portuguese soup I grew up with and still love. Following the soup would be a home made gnocchi served with a sage and brown butter sauce. Next I'd want lobster, broiled and stuffed with shallots, mushrooms and herbs. Of course the lobster would be topped with melted butter. I'd follow the lobster with a roast pork loin served with green beans and a warm, creamy potato puree. Next, a cheese & fruit plate consisting of sharp and creamy cheeses, my favourite fruit (berries, peaches, pineapple, figs and mango) and an old Port. For dessert I'd want something creamy and chocolaty; my chocolate mousse. I would end the meal with some rich coffee and chocolate truffles.
2) What would the setting be for the meal?
I would want my final meal to take place by the ocean. I envision a long wooden table and comfortable chairs on a deck overlooking the ocean. A cloth canopy would protect us from the sun and the fabric would flow in the wind. The table would be set simply and adorned with fragrant white and pink peony flowers.
3) What woud you drink with your meal?
I would want Portuguese wine. Everything from a fresh Vinho Verde wine to aged tawny Port.
4) Would there be music?
Of course there would be music. There would be a piano and somebody would bring a guitar. The song list would include all my favourite songs and my guests would join in the singing.
5) Who would be your dining companions?
I would want all the people I love to be there with me. Good thing it's a long dining table.
6) Who would prepare the meal?
I'd want all the wonderful cooks in my life to help me prepare the meal. My Mom & Dad, my Aunts and my friends.
There you have it, Dragon's last supper.
How about you? What would your last supper be like?