Waterleaf Visiting Chef Series Showcases Chef Léa Linster

Chef Lea Linster

By Brian Kleemann

Chef Léa Linster prepares Madeleines during a recent "Visiting Chef Series" dinner at Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn. Click here for more photos from the event.

More than 100 area business leaders enjoyed an evening of innovative cuisine prepared by Chef Linster, owner of the restaurant Léa Linster in Frisange, Luxembourg, and the bistro Pavillon Madeleine in Kayl, Luxembourg.

Chef Linster was supported in the kitchen by Waterleaf Executive Chef Nadia Tilkian, Sous-Chef William Chamberlain, the Waterleaf team and students Sha'ron Booker, Margaret Glenzinski, Erin Hill and Zdzislaw T. Nagengast. The meal included lobster cocktail with mango, carrot blood orange soup, salmon confit served on a bed of celery root purée with champagne mousseline, filet mignon of veal scented with lime and ragout of forest mushrooms, and crème brulée with petite madeleine and pineapple and basil ice cream.

Chef Linster is the gold winner of the 1989 Bocuse d'Or, the first and only female to receive this prestigious culinary award. The famous French restaurant guide Gault Millau rates her with 18 out of 20 points and she was named Chef of the Year in 2009. In addition, Chef Linster writes a weekly recipe column in the German women's magazine "Brigitte."

As part of the Visiting Chef Series, she met with COD students and staff during an informal reception prior to the dinner. The evening at Waterleaf concluded with an announcement that a full-year scholarship in Chef Linster's name will be awarded by the COD Foundation to a Culinary & Hospitality student next year. (Press Photography Network/Special to College of DuPage)