Thursday, March 27, 2008

Meet Chef Gregg Collier

Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook features recipes developed by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group Chefs, among them the Executive Chef Gregg Collier of the Red Fish Grill, located in the French Quarter. A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Collier served his apprenticeship under Chef Emeril Lagasse and Commander's Palace's own Executive Chef Jamie Shannon in the early 1990s.

While at Commander's Palace, he learned all the culinary stations of the operation. He later moved onto Chef Allen's Restaurant of Florida and to New Orleans' own Bayona under Chef Susan Spicer, but returned to the Commander's Palace Restaurant Family in 1998 to assist in the opening of Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. He began to develop his unique culinary signature characterized by creativity and whimsy while at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. After a stint at Foodies Kitchen in Metairie, Louisiana, he joined the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group as the Executive Chef of the Red Fish Grill.

jtison5 in a post dated November 11, 2007, had this to say about his dining experience at the Red Fish Grill:

We had the opportunity to eat at the Red Fish Grill on November 3 while in town for the Jaguar/Saints game. The Hickory RedFish with crab meat mentioned above is one of the best meals I have ever had. Kudos to Chef Collier!

The above link also features a video of Chef Collier in action, preparing Red Fish Grill's signature hickory grilled red fish with crabmeat and lemon butter sauce. He prepares it over the Red Fish Grill's hickory wood burning grill and states that the restaurant uses about 25,000 pounds of Red Fish annually. The recipe is included as well.

Yahoo! Travel lauds Chef Collier's extensive seafood menu which features a minimum of seven types of gulf fish daily. The Red Fish Grill is called, ". . . a triumph of cuisine, style and design."

SOURCE: "Ralph Brennan's New Orleans Seafood Cookbook"
SOURCE: "Red Fish Grill"
SOURCE: "Cooking New Orleans Style! with Chef Greg Collier of the Red Fish Grill" 10/31/07
SOURCE: "Red Fish Grill"
photo courtesy of Bob Jagendorf, used under this Creative Commons license

No comments: