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Killed By Dessert San Francisco Dinner – photo slideshow.

29 May 2013, Posted by Niko in Killed By Dessert

Bill Corbett plating his Goat Cheesecake

San Francisco, CA: I already posted some snaps from the Killed By Dessert bake sale on May 11. But it took me a few weeks to sort through the 700+ photos from the main event.  The dessert-dinner on Sunday night at the San Francisco Cooking School to benefit Share Our Strength. Fortunately for me, San Francisco Gate food writer, Paulo Lucchesi did a fantastic job writing about the event (and taking photos)–so I’m not sure where that leaves this coverage! Please read on…

Lincoln Carson, Christina Tosi and Brooks Headley

To me, these photos (and the slideshow below) explain what this event is about. I have no idea if the chefs would agree with me but I do know the guests would.  Essentially, it’s an answer to the question: “tell me about Killed by Dessert–what’s the difference between that and going to a 6-course dessert tasting at a nice restaurant?”  The photos show the intensity that pastry chefs at this level work at. And also how fun, enjoyment and intensity seemed to coexist at Killed By Dessert. The chefs are obviously enjoying themselves but at the same time check out some of the expressions on their faces!  The details of their plates (or their colleagues) are  like hot wires and they’re trying to defuse the bombs!

Matthew Tinder & Nick Muncy getting down and dirty to make sure the plate is perfect

If you look closely there’s at least one photo of each chef smiling too.  And these don’t look like “mugging for the camera” smiles -these are “I’m proud of this damn dish” smiles.  All of this is usually out of view at a restaurant–but not here.  You get  a rare glimpse into their world.  How close? The chefs even invited the attendees to help plate!

Michael Recchiuti sautéing up his asparagus for his mignardise

Hopefully, there’s something in here for people who missed the event and for those who attended and maybe even  for the chefs and their teams. Watch in full screen mode with the sound up.  Enjoy:

Click on the photo to watch the video (turn the sound up!)

Click here to watch the DessertBuzz video slideshow of Killed By Dessert

More on the event:

The Killed By Dessert charity “dinner” held at the San Francisco Cooking School with Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Brooks Headley of Del Posto, Lincoln Carlson of the Michael Mina Group, Bill Corbett of Absinthe, Michael Laiskonis (formerly of Le Bernardin) Matt Tinder of Coi (who replaced Francisco Migoya) Each chef created two courses plus an appetizer. Mignardise were made by William Werner of Craftsman & Wolves and Michael Recchiuti of Recchiuti Confections.
All proceeds from both events benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign; The event raised over $20,000.

Christina Tosi getting a work out while plating Matt's dessert

Here’s the recap from the first Killed By Dessert in New York City. For live updates follow DessertBuzz on Twitter.  Also see my dessert column on Serious Eats New York.  More inks:  For a deep-dive description of both the dinner and the Bake Sale check out: Stellina Sweets.

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