Chef David Martin launches into the kitchen with cannabis

Gastronomy and cannabis meet thanks to future recipes proposed by two-star chef David Martin of La Paix restaurant.

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Le chef doublement étoilé David Martin is currently a series of cannabis-based culinary tests. If hemp seeds are already used in food, the owner of the restaurant La Paix in Anderlecht, mize sur l’entièreté de la plante, ” which offers a very different range of rescuers “, considers the toqué of Basque origin. Used cannabis, whose psychoactive substance THC does not exceed 0.2% (0.18% accurate), comes from fields in the south of the country. Recognized as a plant that grows very easily, it is harvested here before flowering.

Cannachef, named after this new gastronomic concept, is expected to offer a range of products, such as ice cream or praline, as early as 2023, subject to authorization from the Federal Agency for Food Chain Safety. (Afsca), whose rules in this area are strict.

No more relaxing than chamomile

We are still in the experimental stage. But it was decided to use the leaves rather than just the seeds as is currently the case, which actually have a first rancid nose before revealing a small herbaceous odor. With the leaves, an oil was made, which revealed a lemongrass and cucumber flavor, very herbaceous. There is a fun side to working this plant that is still unrecognizable in taste. Given the amount used, I don’t know if it’s more relaxing than chamomile. “ironic to the one who proposes to us ” not yet “his new creații à la carte from his establishment.

This Wednesday, David Martin will present the concept for the first time, in a small group of gourmets, in collaboration with Nex Gen, the supplier and producer of cannabis. The chef served a seven-course menu, including hemp leaf oil paired with lemon and caviar, veal fillet with pickled cannabis leaves, roasted hemp seed nougatine or a chocolate puff with of a cannabis praline. ” The idea is to stigmatize. Do this tasting because people realize, after the work done upstream, the different flavors that cannabis can offer. “he concludes.

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