T. Cook's New Orange Marmalade
Chef Hillson at T. Cook's Introduces His Privte Label Marmalade
Executive Chef and Iron Chef competitor, Lee Hillson of Royal Palms Resort and Spa, takes the term “house made” far beyond what most other top chefs are doing. It started with his private label Pesto recipe several years ago, and he has continually added new products, some for sale, some to be enjoyed only as a guest in T. Cook’s.
In 1929, the original Royal Palms was built on 65 acres in the middle of a citrus grove at the base of Camelback Mountain. Today, many of the original trees are peppered throughout the grounds and around T. Cook’s. In years past, citrus was one of four key drivers of the Phoenix economy.
Debuting in October, Chef Hillson’s Orange Marmalade will be a regular accoutrement on the restaurant’s breakfast tables and also available for purchase at $8 per jar. When the citrus is picked from the trees adorning the resort’s grounds in late January or early February, an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 numbered jars of signature marmalade will be available. For the balance of the year, the Royal Palms Marmalade will be made to the chef’s recipe using citrus from outside Arizona.
Large jars of Chef’s pickled vegetables such as carrots, onions, cauliflower, mushrooms, beets and kosher pickles colorfully line a cabinet in the restaurant. While these are not available for purchase, Chef Hillson uses them liberally in his menus in salads and as accompaniments. The list of pickled items, of course, varies seasonally.
Chef Hillson’s latest house-made venture is charcuterie. The rows and rows of cured meats in his charcuterie locker are expanding daily with luscious link chorizo, boar prosciutto, pork loin, lardo, pancetta, soppressata, coppa, mortadella, and lamb prosciutto to name a few. These too he features on his menus on everything from breakfast dishes to pizzas on the lunch menu and antipasto on the dinner menu.
“Not only is this a lot of fun, but the more things we an make in house, the more we can control the integrity of what we serve our guests. At the same time, we continue to challenge our culinary team, teaching them new things – back to basics, as it were,” states Hillson.
For T. Cook’s information or reservations, call 602-808-0766 or visit www.royalpalmsresortandspa.com.
A member of Historic Hotels of America, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a AAA Four Diamond resort located at the foot of majestic Camelback Mountain. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms offers: 119 custom-appointed guest rooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas,; regal Spanish Colonial architecture; over 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space; Tuscan-style gardens; exquisite tapestries, antiques and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original historic private mansion, Royal Palms is home to the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant, Mobil Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas, and croquet lawn. Just minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping, galleries, golf, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Camelback financial corridor, Royal Palms is an ideal retreat for business, pleasure and special occasions, offering luxury, privacy and convenience.
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