Like mimi said , people here love picking apart dishes lol xD.
If what you are doing is french cuisine using that menu then Escoffier right now is rolling around in his grave.
If you wanna go french fine, but change some stuff on the menu , cuz right now i see alot of cuisine, but it isnt a french menu IMO.
Appetizer - Something small , not too filling but enough to let the diners build an expectation on what they will be enjoying. Its an introduction of what has to come for an evening. Something like an amuse bouche thats one or 2 bites or a simple app thats simple not too busy but tasty.
I would do Porcini Mushroom Tartlets , with a very small side salad and garnished with chives.
This way you can have a tart, its still vegetarian, as well as french inspired and its easy enough to eat , and if done correctly its flavorful. Also its easy to prep and isnt too time consuming.
The Main course, is where you can afford to have more on a plate as well as fill the guests up. Needs to be delicious a crowd pleaser , as well as well presented and continue with the menus theme, just like the app.
Duck a´l Orange , It doesnt have too many ingredients, tasty , and this is a great way to challenge yourself and do a whole duck.
Or just use breasts. Use Jaque Pepin´s recipe if you do a whole bird.
Serve with some more sauce on the side , have a nice salad maybe some greens , tangerines and red onions , and radishes or some roasted potatoes.
If not the duck try a Bouillabaisse which is a french fish stew.
You can use a traditional fish for the stew , such as monkfish , and combine with other types of shellfish (shrimp, mussels, etc... opportunities are unlimited). The base for the stew can be very flavorful a tomato base could be great , using some fennel as well. You can also serve with a side of bread (maybe you can make the bread) to scoop up that broth.
For dessert i would play around with simplicity, and traditional. Something maybe not too all over the place and something anyone can really enjoy.
Peach Melba , but i would with either do peaches cooked in a bit of water and sugar , that or roasted. Regardless their would be cinnamon xD.
With homemade vanilla ice cream , and a raspberry compote over a sauce maybe.
Chocolate Mousse with whipped cream and maybe some poached strawberrys.
I actually enoyed creating this menu , and feel free to use it or ditch it. And be creative with it , maybe search up the recipes online and add in your own style, ingredients etc... play around a bit.
Im not very keen on french cuisine (not something i cook often), i prefer italian, asian, or latin , but if i was to east any of these plates i would be happy.
P.S. i don´t mean to be disrespectful but is this your menu or your coaches menu? Do what you like and what you feel comfortable with. You are the one taking home a grade and not the coach. You can listen to his advice but dont change or accept to do anything you dont feel is right or feel comfortable with.
If he was my coach i would listen, but wouldnt add or change anything unless i was okay with it.
I would say , "thanks for the advice, ill keep everything in mind".
Like i said its your grade, making errors or mistakes on your own is enough, making errors and mistakes because of others now is unnecessary.
Again just stating my opinion from what i read and my point of view if i was in your shoes.
Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 1/2/14 at 6:14am