Debbie Gold left her executive chef position at The American Restaurant to become culinary partner in the new Red Door Grill in Leawood.
But she had just a month before the restaurant opened in mid-May, then she had to take off the last two weeks of May to keep a commitment as a guest celebrity chef on a Mediterranean cruise.
So Gold perfected a short menu for the May 13 opening — specialty hamburgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and a few other items. When she returned in June she worked on the rest of the menu and is now rolling out “wood-fired supper entrees” and new sides from her “scratch” kitchen.
With every new recipe it all comes down to the taste — do you then tweak it or start again from scratch? — and that takes time, said Gold, a James Beard award-winning chef.
“People know me for creative ingredients and pairings,” she said. “But this restaurant is about simple flavors, simple foods. I want to take an eggplant and have people say ‘that’s the best eggplant I have ever had.’ ”
The new wood-fired supper dishes are: roasted chicken (with wild rice, shiitake mushrooms and roasted garlic), rotisserie pork chop (with fire roasted polenta, Schlafly apple chutney and asparagus), miso glazed salmon (with baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, buckwheat noodles and pickled mustard seed), sirloin steak (with green beans, crushed potatoes, and bone marrow parsley compound butter), and scallops (with broccolini, roasted eggplant and navy beans).
Red Door Grill is at 11851 Roe Ave., Leawood.
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