Pizzeria Credo featured on Food Network's Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives
Jacques Nawar is about to see business at Pizzeria Credo in the West Seattle Junction really take off. That was the advice of the famous Guy Fieri whose Food Network show Diner's Drive-ins and Dives visited here in March.
The episode, set to air on July 6, (channel 675 HD on Comcast) features Nawar's somewhat unusual approach to an uncommon cooking technique called Sous Vide (pronounced Soo Veed).
Sous-Vide is a cooking method that involves preparing meats, eggs or vegetables and seasonings in specially made pouches, from which the air has been removed, and then immersing them in a temperature controlled water bath (less than boiling) for longer than normal cooking times. Sous-Vide bags can cook for example at 131 to 140 degrees for many hours, in some cases as long as 96 hours.
The result is food infused with deep flavor, that is tender and evenly cooked.
For now, only the organic chicken breast dish featured on the show will be available (beyond the normal menu) and will sell for $19.95, which for that style of cooking is a very reasonable price. It will come with fresh vegetables and pasta (gluten free is available).
"It's my recipe but it's classic," said Nawar, "Poulet Vallee d’Auge (creamy chicken with apples) is from Normandy in France and made Flambe Calvados (Apple Brandy) which is the spirit of the apple with mushroom cream sauce."
The filming of the segment took two days. Nawar said, "It was a great experience. He's a fantastic guy, Everybody knows this guy. It's crazy how famous he is. A lot of people follow him. He gave me great advice. ' Chef, I know you are experienced and a great chef but your business is going to be booming, like 500 times so get ready.' He knows I was in Washington D.C. and got great reviews there, so I know the power of the media."
Pizzeria Credo was already doing extremely well offering fire roasted pizza, classic Italian pasta and some salads. Nawar's skills were so good it got him the Number two spot out of 3267 restaurants in Seattle on Trip Advisor.
The episode from Food Network is described this way:
On this trip, Guy Fieri's playing a tasty game of chicken all over the country. In Alameda, Calif., a joint is cookin' it Nashville hot-style and putting a gourmet twist on a burger. In Lansing, Mich., the bird is served French-style at a funky pizza-pasta place. And, in Kona, Hawaii, it's stuffed at a spot dishin' out Southern comfort with island flair.
After the episode airs you will find the segment on the Food Network site in the Washington section. Along with the recipe but unless you have the special sous-vide cooking equipment it won't be the same.