Avec Eric with Eric Ripert, Season 1 (3 DVD Collection)
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Each segment includes some time on site seeing the highlighted 'product' on hoof or being developed, a part showing how things work in the restaurant and then in Eric's private kitchen where he creates a dish that brings things together. He offers tips as he works and although some are basic, some I'd not seen before anywhere. Even the basic ones when presented in Eric's unassuming style seem to stick with me better. He is a wonderful teacher, very relaxed and patient with his lessons that range from why you mince garlic in this way for this recipe to how to check doneness of chicken if a thermometer isn't handy. He never seems rushed and the food he creates seems satisfying and accessible--something I really want to make and actually feel I can duplicate based on his instruction.
I'd seen a few of the episodes on TV but far prefer watching them at my leisure rather than on a schedule and being able to watch some repeatedly to get all the information. I watch a lot of TV chefs and cooking shows, but this series ranks at the top of my list. Not only is Eric a good teacher but the filming is outstanding and seems to capture the best parts of whatever activity he's engaged in. Highly recommended.
Eric Ripert's accent may or may not be a problem for viewers; I had no problem understanding what he was saying. He is, of course, a virtuoso chef and (as viewers of "No Reservations" can attest to) renowned culinary force in the New York City restaurant scene.
My only problem with this set was the annoying set of sponsor commercials forming part of the introduction to each episode...while I don't deny that commercial sponsors are essential to this kind of venture, it would have been sufficient to have had the sponsorship included in the first episode of each DVD, for example...as it is, I've become adept at fast forwarding through the intro and beginning with the actual opening scene.
Don't let that deter you though, from discovering this marvelous set.
One caveat here - don't watch this if you're hungry because by the time its over, you'll be starving and will devour any food you have laying around. Eric shows his skills in the creation of these dishes and the wonderful execution and presentation of them stirs my appetite. I just wish I lived closer to NY so I could take advantage of eating in his restaurant. Of course, maybe having a little bit more income would help also.
Since Le Bernardin is an outstanding restaurant that serves mainly fish, (Only a few non fish dishes for those who are opposed to the treasures of the sea) I was surprised at the number of times meat was shown as a meal but it looks like Eric enjoys dishes whether land or sea.
My only complaint about this series, minor though it is, is that the first several episodes had closed captioning available but it stopped around episode 3 I believe. As I am elderly and Eric still has a heavily Gallic accent to his English, it was sometimes difficult to understand what he was saying. Rewind and replay solved that problem though.
I highly recommend this series and am looking forward to viewing Season 2.
This DVD is from his PBS series, "Avec Eric" which I enjoyed watching and ordered the DVD to watch again and again. In each episode, Eric goes on location and samples an area's offerings, and at the end he cooks a recipe inspired by those ingredients, and most are fairly easy to procure and prepare.
All in all, one of my favorite modern PBS series, and one of my favorite modern chefs.
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I am only four episodes into it, but it seems fantastic.Published 24 months ago by Dr. Stephanie Jourdan
I adore Eric Ripert!! I have loved him alongside Anthony Bourdain as I have been a huge No Reservations fan for years. I hope to find more television with Eric. Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Kimberly Miller
I'm a big fan of Eric Ripert, so I was glad I discovered his show! His enthusiasm is infectious and you can learn a lot too!Published on May 28, 2014 by Ubai
Excellent culinary entertainment. Ripert is a master chef who takes cuisine seriously who truly understands and embraces the connection between good food and a good life.Published on April 2, 2014 by SCM
I love this show!!! Very inspirational!!!!!!
Thank you! Can wait to see them all. I can't wait to try the recipes!!!! I love the farming and the tasting and the wine!