Friday, March 18, 2016

A Sweet Collaboration: Carmen's Best at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club

Go Green. Be Tempted. Get Addicted. Very Summer. And Feel the Breeze...just some of summer's exciting new ice cream creations.

Paco Magsaysay, the visionary founder of Carmen's Best, shares his passion for ice cream with one of the metro's best chefs, Jessie Sincioco, in a cool collaboration just in time for summer. Take a peek at summer's most indulgent ice cream creations...

In a special preview held at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club (for more on Chef Jessie, see my previous posts on the Louie XIII de Remy Martin Event, the Nederburg Wine Launch, and AFC's Matt "Fidel Gastro" Basile's Event), Paco Magsaysay and Jessie Sinsioco unveiled the new line of ice cream creations to the media and guests...

Paco Magsaysay chats with the guests during the preview of the sweet collaboration with Chef Jessie before serving his signature flavors (for more on Carmen's Best, see my previous posts on the secret and Source of Carmen's Best's Freshness, Carmen's Best's Brown Butter Almond Brittle, and their other Signature Flavors). 

Paco Magsaysay takes his passion for ice cream to a whole new level, with Chef Jessie adding her own inventive culinary touch. It's a sweet collaboration, resulting in unique ice cream creations reflecting the vibrant flavors of summer, to be served at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club starting April.      

Made with 100% cow's milk and cream fresh from their own dairy farm (see my earlier post on a day tour to Carmen's Best's Dairy Farm), Carmen's Best's dense, rich, creamy and velvety smooth texture sets its apart from other ice cream brands. Carmen's Best is made the whole-fashioned way using the very best and finest ingredients from all over the world, with absolutely no additives or water, handcrafted in small batches in true artisanal fashion. Now with thirty-nine flavors, Paco Magsaysay shared Carmen's Best's signature flavors, including (clockwise from top right) Pistachio, with whole roasted pistachios and nutty pistachio paste draped in creamy and buttery ice cream; the wittingly named He's Not Worth It, with its deep, rounded and full dark chocolate notes infused with Oreo cookies, pecan, walnuts, and swirls of thick caramel fudge; Malted Milk with Horlicks and Maltesers, comforting flavors that take you back to bygone childhood summers; Brown Butter Almond Brittle, a rich browned butter ice cream with salty crunchy almonds inspired by the Scandinavian "Krokan" dessert; and Rocky Road, a rich chocolate ice cream loaded with chewy marshmallows and nuts. Carmen's Best becomes the artistic canvas, the base from which Chef Jessie developed her own comforting summer coolers...

Chef Jessie then served the first of five indulgent creations using Carmen's Best, the Very Summer, with Carmen's Best's Madagascar Vanilla ice cream with fresh and luscious berries and fruits served in a classic glass mason jar.

The tart and refreshing notes from the berries and fruits bring the flavors of summer upfront, rounded out by the smooth and creamy Madagascar Vanilla ice cream topped with fresh mint and candied orange zest.

Go Green is Chef Jessie's other inventive take on summer with Carmen's Best's Pistachio ice cream laid on fresh pandan and macapuno. The infusion of local flavors combined with the bestselling Pistachio flavor combined for a unique blend, soothing and comforting, and perfect to beat the summer heat.

The sweet and soft macapuno is topped with a light pandan sponge cake, crowned with a scoop of Pistachio ice cream. Elegantly plated, this one tastes as good as it looks.

Chef Jessie then served her next creation using Carmen's Best's most popular flavor, Salted Caramel, in yet another indulgent concoction. Feel the Breeze, with Carmen's Best's Salted Caramel and Chef Jessie's light cotton soft cheesecake and dulce de leche, is the perfect way to beat the heat.

The Salted Caramel and cheesecake blend pairs so well together, but it gets better with the sweet dulce de leche for another refreshing creation. The decadent swirls of dulce de leche add an elegant touch to the dessert, topped with a fresh strawberry.

Tempt yourself with an indulgent chocolate creation with Be Tempted, with Carmen's Best's Dark Chocolate ice cream made with the finest Swiss chocolate on an equally decadent moist and fudgy Black Forest Roll laid on chocolate syrup. The deep, full-bodied notes of the dark chocolate are punctuated by the tart blackberries for contrasting yet balanced notes. Just perfect.

Looking for a caffeine fix? No worries. Chef Jessie's Get Addicted should satisfy any coffee craving with a sweet and decadent dessert, made with Carmen's Best's Brazilian Coffee ice cream on a light tiramisu-like sponge cake.

And the pairing is another indulgent combination with the nutty notes of coffee in every bite. And it just doesn't get any better than that. If you're feeling the heat of summer, cool down with Chef Jessie's elegant creations using the very best artisanal ice cream in the country. It's a sweet collaboration, and this April, you can indulge in all five creations at Chef Jessie Rockwell Club. Bring on the summer heat...

Chef Jessie Rockwell Club is located at the Ground Level, Amorsolo Square, Amorsolo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City or call 890-6543 for inquiries and reservations.

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