(Note: We split this thread from the SF Bay area board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/731914 -- The Chowhound Team )
Carrots cooked in harry?
Idiazabal's a kind of cheese, so presumably the blowtorched cheese was the "veil."
That Johnathan Gold piece is actually titled "10 Worst Food Trends," and in #10 he says molecular gastronomy / modernist cuisine "can be stunning when executed by a master." Pretty funny: