Recipe: Jacques Torres's Fig Ice Cream


Whether you prefer your ice cream unadorned, handheld, or decked out in sensational sundae style, our selection of recipes from JBF Award winners are guaranteed to please fans of all flavors. First up: 


Fig Ice Cream

JBF Award Winner Jacques Torres
Jacques Torres Chocolates, NYC


Jacques Torres counts this fig ice cream as one of his absolute favorite flavors: “at the end of the summer, the black mission figs taste like honey, they’re so flavorful.” Each year he saves some fruit and purées it so his shops can sell the flavor as soon as the temperatures start to climb and New Yorkers come calling for their cones. Get the recipe here.... Read more >

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4 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes That Will Put the Storebought Stuff to Shame


Many of us relegate our ice-cream maker to the far reaches of the pantry, where we occasionally eye it guiltily before taking a pint of storebought ice cream out of the freezer and convincing ourselves that it's just as good as homemade. Why don't we use our ice-cream maker more often? Two reasons: 1) We don't plan ahead so the ice-cream maker base is never chilled, and 2) The project seems daunting. But it doesn't have to be. Move some frozen peas aside and try one of the following recipes, which include three simple ice creams and one knock-your-socks-off sundae for when you're feeling more ambitious.


Fig Ice Cream

Jacques Torres likes to make this dessert with honey-sweet black mission figs at the end of summer, but we can't wait that long.


Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

This genius, circus-inspired sundae... Read more >

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Last Licks with Jacques Torres


He may be known around the world as Mr. Chocolate, but JBF Award–winning pastry chef Jacques Torres grew up on ice cream. After selling ice cream sandwiches in his acclaimed stores for years, Torres opened his first shop dedicated to the frozen treat in 2009, and recently transformed a stand in Grand Central Station into the latest iteration of Jacques Torres Ice Cream. JBF assistant editor Maggie Borden sat down with the master chocolatier to get the full scoop.




Maggie Borden: You’re known as Mr. Chocolate, but clearly you have a sweet spot for ice cream. What made you want to open an ice cream shop in the first place?


Jacques Torres: I carry ice cream sandwiches in all of my chocolate stores. It’s actually very common for chocolate makers to sell ice cream, because... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Memories from the First Annual Beard Awards


The countdown continues: the 2015 James Beard Awards are less than two weeks away! The excitement is contagious and, no surprise, it's all that we can talk about. Not all of us were fortunate enough to hop aboard the extravagant yacht where the very first Beard Awards were held 25 years ago, but for this week's TBT, we chatted with a team member lucky enough to witness the inaugural celebration back in 1991. Here are some of our manager of special projects and student programs Shelley Menaged's memorable moments from the very first JBF Awards: 


"I was a student volunteer assisting JBF Award winner Emeril Lagasse in the kitchen. I was fresh out of cooking school, so I was very eager. For me, it was an amazing experience. He made a crayfish étouffée and buttery biscuits. It was my first experience doing large production and we were in the tiniest kitchen.”

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Eye Candy: NYCWFF at the Beard House

Reports touting the success of the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival have flooded the internet, and we're pleased to hear that the Beard House events were no exception to the rule. Over the next couple of days we will be linking to photo galleries on our website—today we have a slideshow of Saturday's Food Meets Fashion event, featuring Zac Posen, Giada De Laurentiis, and Marcus Samuelsson. Here are some our favorite shots from the long weekend: Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse and an assistant plate foie gras–quince terrines with quince marmalade and gelée Alain Ducasse and crew... Read more >

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On the Menu: October 11 to October 17

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 11, 12:00 P.M. Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch At his beloved chocolate shops, JBF Award winner Jacques Torres turns out handcrafted sweets featuring classic ingredients and some unexpected surprises. At this decadent brunch, Torres and his friends from the French Culinary Institute (where he’s the dean of pastry arts) will prepare a delicious sweet and savory chocolate-laden menu. Sunday, October 11, 7:00 P.M. Don Q Celebrates Flavors From The Land of Rum It’s sure to be an unforgettable evening when Top Chef alums Jeff McInnis and Fabio Viviani team up with mixologist Esteban Ordonez to create an exciting multi

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On the Menu: Jacques Torres & Friends Chocolate Brunch

Jacques Torres As part of our partnership with the New York City Wine and Food Festival, we've invited Jacques Torres (along with FCI faculty members Marc Bauer, Nils Norén, and Alain Sailhac) to prepare a special brunch featuring chocolate in every course. Anyone who has paid a visit to one of Jacques Torres's candy shops understands that the JBF Award winner knows a thing or two about the addictive sweet stuff. Here's a sneek peek of the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Mole-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks Miniature Thyme, Aged Gruyère, and Chocolate Vol-Au-Vent with Wild Mushroom Ragoût Savory Chocolate Napoleons with Spicy Cream Cheese Chocolate Gougères with Gorgonzola and Walnuts Grilled Cocoa Nib–Infused Polenta with Chile-Spiced Beef Tenderloin Brunch Foie Gras with Pear and Chocolate

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