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…
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!
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!
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:
More on the event:
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.