Last night, Chef Cal and the team embraced the pressure of cooking for a car-loving crowd of 3,000 at the McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center. Cooking “live” for such a large crowd proved a hearty challenge – and it was a well-choreographed team of cooks and assistants who were able to make it seamless.
Some of our previous cooks returned from as far as New York City for the opportunity to assist Chef Cal on such a distinguished evening. The event began with champagne, small farm cheeses, charcuterie and breadsticks. The team then fired up the grills for the dinner buffet, which featured grilled local salmon, heirloom tomato salad, artisan sausages. Ben Spungin was busy transforming the reception space into a dessert oasis – complete with thousands of cookies, cupcakes and tarts. His whimsical display, complete with floating bubbles – intrigued guests away from the stunning lineup of cars and jets. The late night crowd was welcomed with Memphis-style pulled pork sandwiches and classic sliders.
Just a few of the highlights from the tarmac was the CSX2000, the very first Shelby Cobra assembled by Carroll Shelby himself; from the Ford GT40 models came the very first MKI road car ever produced and the very last MK1 race car ever built; the Italian automaker Pagani displayed two Huayra models and even the oldest Corvette Stingray in existence was out on the tarmac.