“He’s here?!” Whispers of his arrival flood the halls at Udi’s, each time with great anticipation and awe. His name is Doron Baron – renowned chef in Israel and Udi’s younger brother. Doron comes to Denver a few times a year to collaborate with Robin and Udi in concepts and new foods for our catering menu and restaurants. He also tests all the current menus each time he comes to insure consistency in taste and quality.
Doron was born and raised in the Yizrael Valley. “My family emigrated from Vienna and brought with them the tastes and smells of a home they remembered from Europe. To these were added the smells and vibrant colors of the fertile Yizrael Valley: Pungent garlic of early spring, red fragrant watermelons in summer and zesty citrus fruits in the winter. As a boy, long before I learned to cook, I learned to plow, to sow, to pick olives and pears, to respect the dark heavy earth of this valley.”
It’s no wonder how such amazing plates come from any kitchen with his input and encouragement.
Forks in hand, we eagerly await trying what new masterpiece our guest Chef has inspired. This time, it’s a perfect symphony of fresh crisp produce, seeds and simple dressings. We’ve named it the Sunshine Salad (available as a side, or entrée salad through our catering) because of it burst of flavor, and bright colors. The combination consists of a light and healthy array of red cabbage, green onions, carrots, parsley, and sprouts topped with crumbled Feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, and a lemon and olive oil dressing.
Watching Doron and his niece Robin work together in the kitchen is nothing short of mesmerizing. Their combined techniques and knowledge of ingredients make for unusual yet addictive twists on ordinary items. Take the Wasabi Chicken Sandwich for example. Nestled in our Challah, a seared and perfectly seasoned chicken breast is topped with a creamy wasabi sauce, and rests on a bed of romaine and peppery arugula.
When he’s not in our kitchen, you might find him at his home – a culinary haven. Between Meggido and Nazareth, Doron and his wife host a cooking class ( The iCook Workshop http://baron.co.il/ ) in their very own garden, a kitchen on a farm, an artist's studio.
“This is the place where I cook, the source from which I draw my inspiration.
I cook with excitement and passion. I cook wonderful simple food.”