Braising a brisket of beef results in a comforting, delicious dish. Season the beef liberally and add to a hot pan coated with oil to achieve a good sear. When braising beef, everything stays in one pan so you must make sure that your pan is large enough, and that it is heat proof. Cut the vegetables into large pieces to keep them from disintegrating during the slow cook time in the oven. Remember to cut the meat across the grain just before serving; this keeps the meat tender.
Marcel has always believed that cooking is a form of expression where chefs can show their creativity, complexity and enticement. It is these qualities that landed him a spot on this season's Top Chef. Serving as a teacher's assistant at the Culinary Institute of America, Marcel studied molecular gastronomy and butchery among other complex topics. He currently holds the title of Master Cook at Joel Robuchon and says that his nine-course tasting menu got him hired right on the spot.