Maïs version 1: cream, silk, burdock

A recipe by André Chiang, taken from Octaphilosophy - The Eight Elements of Restaurant André

Ingredients for the corn cream

220 g canned sweet corn

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

salt, to taste

caster (superfine) sugar, to taste

1 gelatine sheet, bloomed

50 ml cream, whipped to firm peaks

Ingredients for the silks

5 baby corn, silk and husks still attached

Ingredients for the burdock

1 burdock root

500 ml sunflower oil

salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for the sesame salt

50 g black sesame seeds

10 g fleur de sel


To make the corn cream, put the canned corn into a Vitamix and blend to a purée.

Push through a chinois and measure out 180 g.

Put into a pan with the vanilla seeds and salt and sugar, to taste.

Set over a medium heat until it starts to simmer then remove from the heat.

Stir in the bloomed gelatine and let cool.

Fold through the whipped cream.

Cut the husks from the corn neatly and discard or reserve for another use.

Cut the baby corn into halves lengthwise and carefully remove the cores, leaving a shell of kernels. 

Remove all the silk from the cobs, wrap it in a damp tea towel and refrigerate until required.

Peel the burdock root neatly. With the same peeler, slice the root into very thin strips and transfer to a bowl of water to stop it oxidising.

Heat the oil to 160°C/325°F. Dry the burdock strips completely then deep-fry in batches until golden brown. Pat dry on paper towels then season to taste.

For the sesame salt, toast the sesame seeds in a non-stick pan for 1 minute. Tip into a Vitamix and blend with the salt.

To serve, divide the reserved silks between the plates, arranging them naturally. Place a spoonful of corn cream on each plate, add a piece of baby corn and burdock root and garnish with sesame salt.


The culinary philosophy of premiere chef André Chiang, whose Restaurant André is in the top 50 world's best restaurants list.

Headed up by chef-owner André Chiang, Restaurant André's menu centres around his 'Octaphilosophy' taking into account Chiang's eight elements of gastronomy: salt, texture, memory, pure, terroir, south, artisan and unique.

Octaphilosophy, explores 365 days in his restaurant. Including dramatic snacks, precisely crafted dishes and meticulous sweets over each season, and documented the stories and processes behind each dish, Chiang will share his unique approach to food combining the technical precision of Asian gastronomy with the French culinary preference for produce, producers and seasonality.