My Black Sesame Japonaise with Yuzu Chocolate Mousse & Shiso Berry Coulis from the MasterChef Season 8 Finale dessert round!
❤️My intention for the progression of the 3-course meal was a journey from sea to land. We start by the seashore w/ my Uni appetizer, transitioning to my Black Cod entree which combines elements of both sea & land, & ending w/ this berry-laced dessert which was meant to evoke a woodland forest 🌳 The Japonaise pastry is a meringue base w/ ground almonds & black sesame powder, almost like a macaron. The smooth creamy chocolate mousse has yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit w/ a bright floral flavor. The sauce has blueberries, blackberries, & shiso, a minty Japanese herb. Garnish was a thin, crunchy tuile cookie which I made to resemble tree bark that has cocoa powder & nibs for texture. 🌿Most of the elements for this dish were inspired by things that grow around where I live: I have a giant shiso plant & blueberry bushes at home. My mom’s garden has a large patch of blackberries I planted & a patch of the viola flowers I used as garnish 🌸 My strategy for this dessert was to create something that got better as it sat. Since we have no idea in which order our desserts will be tasted, I planned that as we waited, the Japonaise would absorb moisture from the mousse & make it more chewy & cake-like, not only crunchy like when first assembled 😉! My dessert truly is a fusion of my experience w/ nature living in New England paired w/ the Asian-influenced flavors of my heritage. I am so proud to have presented a dessert that provoked a joyful reaction from the judges; food should make you smile & be fun to eat! 😁Of all the judges, @jbastianich ate the dessert the way I would have done it! Twist & scoop! @chef_aaronsanchez said the whimsical plating made him think of an outdoor concert hall w/ the round shape of the japonaise! @gordongram said the flavor of the star yuzu mousse was extraordinary! @christinatosi said this would be a dessert that she would be so happy to receive for a very special occasion! 😍 What did you think of my dessert?