April 18, 2012
Local chefs featured on Discovery Channel pilot episode

A cable TV show called "Top Eats" is being developed for the Discovery Channel, and one of the pilot episodes was filmed right here in Sacramento. A camera crew recently descended on midtown's Lounge ON20, where executive chef Pajo Bruich showed off some of the techniques he uses to create some of the city's most cutting-edge food. Also featured was Edward Martinez, the pastry chef of Hawks who left behind his street gang roots to be become one of northern California's most creative pastry chefs. You can read more about Edward in today's Bee.

For the filming, Bruich showed off some spherification and sous vide techniques, along with creating a noodle-like dish out of lychee. Then, everyone sat down for dinner and talked more about the food.

"We did a good array of things," said Bruich. "We showed the products on the farm and with the seafood supplier, then went into the kitchen and then the dinner table to show how it all came together."

The episode is now in post-production, and then it's wait-and-see time for word about the series getting picked up by the Discovery Channel.

In other collaborative news, Bruich and Martinez will be working together at a Napa dinner on May 31 that's hosted at J.P. Harbison Wines. Elaine Baker, another of Sacramento's prominent pastry chefs, will also join this culinary team.

"Edward is the epitome of greatness of what Sacramento can offer," said Bruich. "He's one of the best we've got."

Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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