Tomato Sorbet At The Carmel Tomato Fest 2007
COLIN MOODY, ASILOMAR EXECUTIVE CHEF prepared
Zebra & Marvel Striped Tomato Sorbet
With Parmesan Crisp On ginger cone
Avocado “Faux” Gras, Heirloom Tomato Chutney
And Dungeness Crab on Brioche Toast
To learn more about this handsome young rising star chef:
COLIN MOODY, Certified Chef de Cuisine
EXECUTIVE CHEF, ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS
As Executive Chef for Asilomar Conference Grounds, Chef Moody oversees the kitchen operations and a culinary staff of 27 who prepare an average of 1,600 meals per day for Asilomar’s corporate and leisure guests.
Prior to his tenure at Asilomar, Moody was the Sous Chef at Haig Point Country Club in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, where he learned classic Southern and Atlantic seafood cooking styles. He was also Chef and Co-Manager of the "Coast Cafe" in Big Sur, California, and apprenticed at the prestigious Highlands Inn's Pacific Edge restaurant. His culinary training includes posts at Chutney’s and Flaherty’s, both in Carmel, as well as The Greenhouse at the Farm in Santa Cruz.
Chef Moody is dedicated to following a progressive, environmentally sensitive approach to his menu development and has reached into the Monterey Bay area to foster relationships with local farmers and purveyors. Among other community partnerships, Asilomar has partnered with Agriculture, Land Based Training Association Organics (ALBA), an organization that teaches low-income farmers the art of organic farming, resulting in a more profitable income for each grower. This partnership has enabled Asilomar to offer meals with day-fresh, locally grown organic produce. In addition, Asilomar has begun composting more than 200 pounds of produce waste per week, which is then picked up by the original grower. Asilomar also confirms to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Seafood Watch” program. The goal of this program is to promote sustainably harvested choices (that don’t harm or impact the natural environment) for seafood, meats and produce.
Asilomar is becoming known as an exemplary leader of these “sustainable” food purchasing and production principles. In addition to taking an active role in educating Asilomar guests through written menu explanations and being quoted in news sources such as USA Today, Chef Moody and his team often are asked to participate in high profile regional culinary events. Events such as the “Great Taste of Pacific Grove,” “Carmel TomatoFest,” “Savor Monterey Culinary Cook-Off Competition,” and Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “Cooking for Solutions” are a wonderful showcase for Asilomar’s creative culinary talent and environmentally aware practices. He won the “National Tomato lovers Choice” award for his Marvel Striped Tomato and Verjus Sorbet in 2005. In addition to being a Guest Chef at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, Chef Moody has been Featured in Numerous Organic and Sustainable Food articles in both Chef Magazine and Restaurants and Institutions.
Master chef Roland Henin taught Chef Moody the art of Ice Carving in 2002, and he now adds these beautiful, one of a kind sculptures to high profile events.
In 2002, Moody pioneered Asilomar’s program to donate excess food and food products to a number of local humanitarian groups including the Monterey Bay Area Salvation Army. To date, more than 4,900 meals have been donated and more than 2,800 pounds of food have been diverted from local landfills at an estimated cost of $8,138.
Chef Moody’s talents are widely recognized on the local professional culinary scene. In 2004, he was inducted as a member of the Board of Directors to the Monterey Bay Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. He serves as President, and Chairman of the ACF Conservation Committee – Organic and Sustainable Affairs.