Chefs Ian & Krystal
Intero Restaurant - Austin, TX
This month, we invited ourselves to a dinner party at the home of our favorite couple in Austin, TX: Intero co-owners and chefs Ian Thurwachter and Krystal Craig.
Both chefs have risen through the ranks in Austin while drawing attention and acclaim; Thurwachter at restaurants including Vespaio, Enoteca Vespaio, Lambert's, Josephine House, and Jeffrey's, and Craig at her store Crave Artisan Chocolate, as well as pastry making for some Austin hot-spots. Throughout their careers, they've earned a reputation for combining classic flavors and natural and organic ingredients to create complex and delicious dishes and chocolates.
We were excited to meet Ian and Krystal to learn their cooking tips and techniques for hosting the ultimate dinner party, Intero-style.
We seared branzino, perfected risotto, scored, seasoned, and pan-seared squash, and finished with a caramel truffle tutorial.
Before we knew it, their friends stopped by to indulge in our creations over some natural Italian wine. A perfect night.
The first dish? Pan-seared branzino. Chef Ian used the Made In 10" Fry Pan (not the nonstick!) to get a perfectly crispy skin. Watch the dish come together in a little over three minutes.
Chef Ian followed the branzino with a scored, pan-fried squash. His party trick? Checkered knife cuts along the face of the squash (pan-down side) allowed the seasoning to hold in the squash while it pan-fried, giving it an abundance of flavor. Our video will be released soon.
To complete the meal, Ian showed us how to make the perfect risotto, a dish that has long been feared by home cooks. It turns out, with a little chicken stock, a lot of cheese, and some stirring, we can all master it. Our risotto video is on its way...stay tuned!
And don’t forget about the chocolate. Krystal heads up a chocolate counter at Intero (like those charming Italian cafes) featuring homemade chocolates and truffles. For our dinner party guests, she whipped up perfectly molded caramel truffles. Shown below, Krystal is giving her 3 QT saucier an ice bath to cool her caramel.
...And then it was time to host friends.