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He’s ‘Private Chef 90210’

Charles Agar
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Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN David Lawrence, a rising star in the culinary world and author of “Boy Eats World,” made a stop in Aspen this week for visit and a Thursday turkey feast at the Cooking School of Aspen.Lawrence, whose quick-and-easy Super Bowl recipes recently were featured in Rachel Ray Magazine, is a private chef for a family in Beverly Hills. His recent book offers 150 recipes for simple delicious dishes, a fusion of home style cooking and gourmet flair.”People think they need to recreate the cover of Gourmet Magazine,” Lawrence said Thursday to a demonstration audience. Especially when making Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, home chefs carry too many expectations, he said. They think they should cook on a competition level and budget long hours.But it doesn’t have to be that way, Lawrence said. To prove it, he made a three-course turkey dinner for 22 in just a few short hours.”I’m the most impatient person in the world,” Lawrence said. And that’s why so many of his recipes are so quick and easy, he said.Dressed in jeans, a simple sweater and pair of muckluck lifty boots, Lawrence entertained the crowd with little shortcuts, like ways to clean mushrooms or make a quick chocolate dessert that “will make your friends think you’re a rock star.”

Making traditional pot de creme is a complex matter of cooking a complex custard on a stovetop and baking individual cups in a water bath.

“That’s just way too much work for my lifestyle,” Lawrence said.His chocolate no-bake pot de creme is a matter of mixing chocolate, sugar, milk, egg and a pinch of salt in a blender and chilling in the fridge. Friday’s crowd swooned.Originally from Sacramento, Calif., Lawrence took up cooking in catering kitchens of L.A. to support a fledgling acting career. And catering work led to a job as a private chef, and it didn’t take long for word to spread.

One day Lawrence got the moxie to call a New York publisher; his first book was published last spring.And it was the “wacky adventures” of his book tour last summer that had him asking himself: “Where are the cameras? I can’t make this stuff up.”With a working title of “Private Chef 90210,” Lawrence said the proposed show will be like “My Life on the D-List” meets “Real Wives of Orange County.” A production company has optioned the idea and he is busy pitching the show to the networks.

“I love Aspen,” he said. It’s his second visit to town and though it’s a lot colder than he remembers when giving summer classes at the school, he’s enjoyed the town’s restaurants and nightlife. And Lawrence has been invited to come back in for the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen in the summer of 2007.For more information about the Cooking School of Aspen call 920-1879 or visit http://www.cookingschoolofaspen.com. For information about David Lawrence, see http://www.chefdavidlawrence.com.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.