Feast on This: What the 2011 Emmy Award Winners Will Be Eating After the Show
The weeks running up to the Primetime Emmy Awards are high on stress, preparation, and exercise, but short on food and wine, as Hollywood's hottest stars (male and female) slim down to fit into their designer gowns and tailored tuxedos.
After all that detoxing and dieting, it's no surprise that they are happy to indulge when it's all over and finally relax with a fine meal and vintage vino at the Governors Ball.
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Patina Catering Executive Chef Alec Lestr to get the dish on the fabulous "'60s mod-themed" dinner that the Emmy Award winners and their guests will enjoy on Sunday after the big show.
"This is our 16th year doing the Governors Ball, and we're expecting 3,800 people this year at the L.A. Convention Center," Chef Alec told us in an exclusive interview.
"We always keep in mind that it is September, which is the perfect month for heirloom tomatoes," he explained as he presented the menu. "Then we will have a series of grills set up for the asparagus that will be put right on the salad."
For the entrée, guest will be treated to a filet mignon.
"We will be caramelizing it. And will be served with gratin of macaroni, it has Vermont White Cheddar on it — that is the star of the show — it is really good!" Chef Alec said of the mouth-watering meal.
On the lighter side, diners can enjoy a fish course of "shrimp-wrapped sturgeon, that is poached and then seared with lime juice with a bed of hummus and grilled eggplant and bell peppers," he said. Yum! "We also have vegan alternatives of fresh vegetables from the Santa Monica farmers market."
In such a health-conscious city, we were surprised to hear that Hollywood's A-listers don't worry too much about their weight on the big night.
"We don't really worry about the calories and the fat even though it is Hollywood. The people enjoy what they do eat — and they eat dessert!" Chef Alec revealed. "We do get some orders for the alternatives but most people want to put their diets on the sidelines for the night."
Chef Alec went on to explain how the Patina chefs pull off such an extravagant meal on the big night, which isn't unlike an episode of So You Think You Can Dance — but with 915 finalists!
"I wish every day was the Emmys. It's so choreographed," he said. "We operate like a fine-tuned machine because all of our executive chefs are going to be there, so we have so much talent. We have over 700 in the front of the house. In the back we will have 215."
And don't think for one second that Chef Alec will be sleeping in on Emmy day just because the awards are an evening affair.
"My works day starts at 5 a.m., and we cook most everything there," he revealed. "The whole trick of cooking for a large group of people is leaving everything to the last minute so it is freshly cooked and really delicious."
Well, it's good to know that some amazing dishes will be served along with the winners' heaping helping of Emmy victory. Feast your eyes on the night's full menu:
First Course Windrose Farm's Heirloom Tomatoes, Rosemary and Cherry Wood Grilled Asparagus, Fried Gold Potatoes
Second Course - Meat Filet Mignon, Gratin of Macaroni with Vermont White Cheddar, Rainbow Baby Carrots, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Broccoli Emulsion, Oxtail Bordelaise
Second Course - Fish Shrimp Wrapped Sturgeon, Grilled Eggplant, Hummus, Sweet Peppers, Olives, Squash Blossom
Second Course - Vegetarian Brentwood Corn Agnolotti, Chanterelles, Hazelnut, Scallions, Lime Brown Butter