Philippe started things out with a salad of seared diver scallops and a mixture of fresh garden vegetables picked up at the East Side farmer's market on Saturday.
He followed that up with a duck that was prepared as follows. Philippe toasted slices of a farm loaf bread and added a mound of fresh spinach, duck confit and sliced duck breast with crispy skin. Then to the top of that he added a poached egg and spooned hollandaise sauce over it all. He served this with fingerling potatoes.
The next course was a dessert that his mother made for him when he was growing up in France, the classic "Isle Flotant", which is poached meringue floating in a rich custard sauce.
The highlight of course was Philippe's meal, but the side show between Elie and Philippe fussing, fighting and insulting each other was the makings of a sitcom.
Thanks Philippe for the wonderful meal last night, I can't wait for act two!