“Simplicity is beautiful,” says Duffy, who sometimes flips through art books for inspiration. Here, a curl of raw parsnip contrasts visually and texturally with a cube of parsnip-coconut custard and dots of caramelized parsnip purée. “I’ll probably keep messing with the shape of the custard. I don’t like things that look too symmetrical.”
2 Black olives
Salt-cured, finely chopped, and arranged in a crescent that echoes the curve of the fennel shaving above, the olives have “a really concentrated flavor and brininess.”
3 Blood orange
Duffy breaks up the richness of the parsnip elements with the acidity of blood orange (in the form of wedges and a sauce), the tartness of red-leafed wood sorrel, and the mild bite of a green onion purée.
4 Burgundy spinach
Duffy uses both the stem and the leaf of this colorful, tender green. “The spinach goes through a freeze-thaw process as it grows, and that makes it sweeter and sweeter.”