BENNINGTON — Visit with Vermont's food icon Chris Kimball at the Oldcastle Theatre for a fundraiser on Feb. 19.

Kimball is known for being a chef on America's Test Kitchen, a company he co-founded. He also was the editor-in-chief of Cook's Illustrated magazine, in which the original was established in 1980.

Tickets cost $25 to meet with the culinary expert and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the theatre. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and Kimball will be signing copies of his books including The Cook's Bible and The Dessert Bible.

Some cooking theories that Kimball will touch on include "how different types of proteins require different cooking methods, the chemistry of salt, the chemistry of eggs, the importance of flavor and texture combinations, etc."

Cook's Illustrated is when Kimball first joined cooking and publishing. Along the way is when he found that European cooking elements are more beneficial in culinary including the abundance of herbs and spices.

"Americans use very few spices," he said. "The Ottoman Empire used 88 spices and northern Europe only had 13!"

Deterring from grandma's style of tossing ingredients into a pie (apple is Kimball's favorite) that has been made numerous times, Kimball remains precise when measuring ingredients.

"I tend to weigh ingredients like the Europeans do," he said. "How do you measure a half cup of basil or parsley for example? I find that European recipes always provide weights in grams which is very helpful."


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If one were to pursue culinary, Kimball suggests volunteering time at a valuable establishment rather than struggling for stardom at a second-rate place.

"First, figure out what type of cooking really inspires you," he urged. "Second, go work for free or for minimum wage at a place that does that sort of cooking. Don't settle for a mediocre establishment. Go volunteer your time at the very best place you can find."

In November, Kimball left America's Test Kitchen due to the inability to reach an agreement within the company, Cooks Illustrated reported. A first Chief Executive Officer was appointed prior to Kimball leaving.

Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2486486 to purchase tickets.

—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.