California Raisins, The Versatile Ingredient Used by World Class Chefs, Headlined A Healthy and Tasty Evening with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant

I had a great start of the New Year 2020 and the New Decade by the lovely invitation to a sweet repertoire of specially-crafted delicious recipes using California Raisins at the Samplings On the Fourteen Restaurant at Berjaya University College held by The Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC).
Left: Rane Chin; Right: Chef Emmanuel Stroobant

It was a great honoured to be treated with the recipes that were created by 2-star Michelin celebrity Chef Emmanuel Stroobant along with guest Chef Erich Anton Roos. Me and the other 39 key Malaysian Key Opinion Leaders in Malaysia had an enjoyable and intimate dining experience. We were pleasantly thrilled as we “eat close and personal with the chefs” - watching them demonstrate on the versatile California Raisins in a four-course dinner.
Let me share the culinary gourmet recipes as prepared by the respective chefs with you below;

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (3 recipes)
California Raisins, Crab & Cauliflower

California Raisin Pasta With Fennel & Prawns

California Raisins With Beef Short Ribs & Winter Fruits

Chef Erich Anton Roos (Dessert)

Symphony of California Raisins consisting of :
California Raisin muffin with cream
California Raisin cinnamon ice cream
Apple puff

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant needs no introduction as the Belgian’s 2-star Michelin celebrity chef had his first brush with culinary business when he started working as a kitchen help as young as 16 years and worked his way in the culinary world within a span of a decade, notably hosting the AFC channel for many years and opening his first restaurant in Singapore called Saint Pierre.
Among all the 3 dishes prepared by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, I love the California Raisin Pasta With Fennel & Prawns dish the most. The pasta served with fennel and fresh prawn taste so wonderful with the sweet California raisins.

Chef Erich Anton Roos, a Swiss national with 40 years of culinary and international working experience which covers many Western and Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, his role are focused in consultancy and strategic planning for kitchen training needs in international hotel chains.

I love the California Raisin Cinnamon ice cream that prepared by Chef Erich Anton Roos, simply a great ending to the scrumptious 4-course dinner.
RAC’s Trade Promotions Director for Malaysia, Mr Richard Lieu says for most consumers, especially children, California Raisins are a healthy snack compared with other snack foods, as they are naturally sweet and do not contain any added sugar. California Raisins are also a very versatile ingredient and can inspire a wide repertoire of dishes—from appetisers and main dishes to desserts and beverages—especially as consumers are becoming more health conscious and more adventurous in their culinary endeavours. “We are very honoured and delighted to work with Chef Emmanuel and Chef Erich to create scrumptious recipes and amazing tastes using California Raisins this time to celebrate the start of 2020 with Malaysian influencers,” enthused Richard.

More than just an appetising delight, raisins are a great source of nutrition which is suitable to incorporate into meals amidst rising health issues due to unhealthy diets.

Richard adds that raisins are ideal for any occasion, as they are ready-to-eat, tasty and healthy. A package of California Raisins fits perfectly in a purse or briefcase They also conveniently fit in lunch boxes, gym bags, and in your desk drawer. California Raisins are also economical, do not bruise and are easy to use straight out of the box— no washing, peeling or chopping required—so one can create a simple meal.

Ms Tan Yen Sing, a certified clinical dietitian also was present to share on the goodness and benefits of California Raisins.

Ms Tan said studies have shown that increased consumption of fruits & vegetables more than 5 servings a day is related to a 17% reduction in coronary heart disease.

“Good nutrition is the best approach for preventing diseases and being healthy. Raisins, high level of polyphenol antioxidants containing about 3,037 ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – a method in measuring antioxidants in food) in about 2/3 cup. This essential substance are vital for protection against oxidative stress which is related to aging and disease,” said Tan.

Raisins, though small, must not be underestimated for their health benefits. Tan explained raisins containing 35% fructose and 35% glucose are natural fruit sugar which is a good source of energy and has no fat & no cholesterol. It is a healthy snack and is also a sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that adults consume 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day. A portable, readily available fruit, such as California Raisins, is ideal to help fulfill this quota. In fact, it only takes ½ cup of raisins to equal a whole fruit serving vs 1 full cup of fresh fruit.
In fact, there are many benefits of California Raisins, including they are all-natural, they are naturally sweet and do not contain added sugar, they are fat- and cholesterol-free and naturally low in sodium, they are a source of potassium (an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function), they are a source of fibre, they are a source of concentrated nutrients, they are known to contain phytonutrients that suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease.

I am going to stock up California Raisins to serve my guests this coming Chinese New Year, what about you?

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