Chef Peter Woolsey's Easy Chicken Catalan (Chef Secrets for Home Cooks, episode 2)

Bistro Magic.  That's how I described Bistrot La Minette when I first wrote about the restaurant on this blog a few years ago. Red velvet banquettes, glowing yellow walls, marble-topped tables, the look and bustle of a real French bistro.  Chef/owner Peter Woolsey's dream to create an authentic French experience in Philadelphia shines through in the decor and in the kitchen, where traditional techniques and dishes honor the past without ever becoming cliche.

Now, I am not a gourmet French cook, and I don't like to labor over anything in the kitchen.  So I wondered:  could Peter show me -- and all of you -- how to distill his decades of classic training into an easy dish we can make at home with no fuss, little muss and a lot of flavor?

He could, and he did.  The result is "Chef Peter Woolsey's Easy Chicken Catalan," a one-pan, one-pot dish of deliciousness you can prep in 15 minutes and eat 45 minutes later.  See how inEpisode 2 of my new YouTube series "Chef Secrets for Home Cooks." 

Next post:  Peter Woolsey's Chef Secrets


 Peter Woolsey worked at Michelin 3-star Lucas Carton in France and for Georges Perrier and Stephen Starr in the U.S. before realizing his dream of bringing authentic French bistro cooking to Philadelphia with the opening of Bistrot La Minette a decade ago. Since then the restaurant has received numerous accolades, including Philadelphia Magazine's 2011 "50 Best Places to Eat Right Now."


Filmed on location at Bistrot La Minette

623 South 6th Street Philadelphia PA19147

Phone:  215-925-8000


"Peter Woolsey Cooks Chicken Catalan" is the second episode of Chef Secrets for Home Cooks, a new series from Style Maniac that brings the tips, tricks and techniques of top chefs into your kitchen.  Watch the videos on the new Style Maniac YouTube channel, plus find out more on accompanying posts on this blog.

Photos and video by Doreen Creede / Style Maniac.

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