I want to burn away the passing of the year with tableside fire. Whatever will be served for dessert, it will be covered in flames. I want this elemental act to physically change the dessert, to morph it into something different. The symbolism of the effigy cleanse is translated into a better version of what was originally presented. The dish can still subsist without the flame, just as we can subsist the way we are now, but we want to reach for something better, an updated version of ourselves. In order to promote a better inner version, outside forces must be considered. You influence the world and soak up what the effects have to offer.
The beginnings of the concept: fire sugar cubes over magic shell with something that will melt on the inside. I am thinking about chocolate ganache or caramel. Cake underneath to catch the oozing filling inside the magic shell. This dish is also preview for El Che, the new restaurant, where I really want to focus on elemental impacts in dishes. Since the restaurant will focus largely on fire, this will be the showpiece.
Light a booze soaked marshmallow? Sugar in the raw cube?
Cherries jubilee- cherries soaked in brandy, lite that shit up. Could be underneath like a glowing fire.
Bananas foster, think about that and rum. The caramelized bananas are soaking in rum.
I like the idea of having a strong caramel presence to highlight the effects of high heat. There must be chocolate, because how can you celebrate without this magical ingredient?