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 Pernod Seafood Rescue  

This summer, StarChefs invited professional chefs from around the country to submit their original seafood recipes using Pernod. The winner of the contest is Jason Giordano of Café Boulud Palm Beach. Jason’s recipe for Poached Oysters with Preserved Lemon, Pernod and Tomato Confit wowed our test cooks and panel of judges. For the grand prize, Jason won a trip for two to Paris to celebrate Pernod’s 200th Anniversary. See Jason’s winning recipe, as well as the other finalist recipes below.

Poached Oysters with Preserved Lemon, Pernod and Tomato Confit on
Poached Oysters with Preserved Lemon, Pernod and Tomato Confit


Poached Oysters with Preserved Lemon, Pernod and Tomato Confit
Chef Jason Giordano of Café Boulud Palm Beach – Palm Beach, FL


~ A Modern Classic ~
Skillet Seared Mussels with Pernod
Chef Brian Reyelt of The Franklin Café – Boston, MA

~ Most Creative ~
Poached Lobster, Heirloom Tomatoes and Pernod Crème Brulée
Chef Morou of Signatures – Washington, DC

~ The Crowd Pleaser ~
Tiger Shrimp with Pernod Cream
Chef Gregg Wangard of Ocean and Vine Restaurant – Santa Monica, CA

~ Seasonal Standout ~
Shrimp and Lobster Pan Roast
Chef Jeffrey Segal of Charley O's Restaurant – New York, NY

~ Honorable Mention ~
Grilled Black Grouper, Creamy Polenta, Grilled Fennel, Shellfish-Pernod Sauce
Chef Isaac Stewart of Fado Pubs – Atlanta, GA

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Pernod Mixing Magic Cocktail Contest
Chefs aren’t the only restaurant professionals inspired by Pernod. This fall, StarChefs invited all mixologists, bartenders and bar chefs to participate in the Mixing Magic Cocktail Contest and create an original Pernod cocktail.

The competition was fierce, and the use of Pernod was certainly creative. The first round of judging took place at the Flatiron Lounge in New York City, where master bar chef Julie Reiner tested the recipes of 30 original Pernod cocktails. Our judging panel narrowed the field down to 5 finalists:

The Retreat

The Retreat
David Nepove of Enrico’s Restaurant - San Francisco, CA


Summer Fling
Vincenzo Marianella of Providence - Los Angeles, CA

Iced Pernodchino
Franklin Becker of Brasserie- New York, NY

Pernod Hot Toddy
Jennifer Galloway of Alderbrook Resort – Seattle, WA

The Jellybean
Thomas McCarthy of The Global Dish Caterers – Philadelphia, PA Rising Stars Revue
in San Francisco on October 17 at Teatro ZinZanni

Our top three finalistsDavid Nepove, Vincenzo Marianella, and Franklin Becker mixed their Pernod cocktails at Rising Stars Revue in San Francisco on October 17 at Teatro ZinZanni. Guests at the gala voted on their favorite cocktail. David Nepove took home the top prize with The Retreat, a blend of Pernod, Hangar One Buddha’s Hand, lemon juice and basil. David also won a trip for two to Paris to join in Pernod’s festivities for their 200th Anniversary!


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Pernod's 200th Anniversary in Paris




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  •    Published: December 2005
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