Recently I met an interesting couple at a local "salon" gathering, Bob and Susanne Evans. Bob has been in the dive, as in underwater ocean dive, business and involved with harvesting mussels off the oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel. He designed a kitchen tool for pounding food items like chicken cutlet and abalone steaks. He was kind enough to send me one to use on my tv show, The Inn Crowd. It is easily the best designed kitchen tool that I have. Bob has offered to arrange a dinner with his friend Jean-Michel Cousteau, another diver famed for his underwater films. What's for dinner? Abalone of course.
Bob gave one of these tools to Julia Child back in the 1970s. Julia was a large presence in Santa Barbara, filming two of her TV series here and founding the American institute of Wine and Food here as well. The thank you letter from the grand dame of the kitchen follows. I am delighted to have this new tool, Julia Child approved at that.
As Bob said, "Whack Away!"
Chef Michael Hutchings