Gelinaz Stay In with Viviana Varese

Gelinaz, the chef’s collective,  are back in town on the 3rd December. But this time, they are not travelling, they are staying “at home”. What travels this time, are their recipes. Each chef had to submit eight recipes that are typical for him/her, but she/he never served them at the restaurant yet. Those recipes were then shuffled and sent to another chef who will remix them in his/her own way and serve on the 3rd of December, for one night only, dishes inspired by those recipes to her/his guests. The guests and the chef will get to know whose recipes was interpreting the chef only at the end of the dinner through the Gelinaz ambassador who will attend the dinner (I will be that night the ambassador at the Aimsir restaurant in Ireland). Ambassadors will also take care of communication from the restaurants on that night, so if you are curious what is happening on the other side of the world, do follow us on Instagram (mine is here).

Viviana Varese has received the recipes. And now?

What was your first thought when you read the recipes you received?

All the recipes have been sent by e-mail. I am the only one who received a sketch pad full of drawings, stickers and crazy sentences! My first thought was… This chef is an artist!
At first I thought he/she could be Brazilian, then African…In the end European, Northern Europe. We’ll see.

What do you think of them now?

Many of the ingredients do not represent me, and I will hardly deal with them.

If you had to choose an animal to describe them, what would it be?

A catfish for sure! The catfish is one of the ingredients and it’s the fish I hate the most!

How will you approach it?

I searched all the ingredients listed, I’ll add a pinch of Italian style and a pinch of myself.

What will be the greatest challenge for you in this Gelinaz project?

My greatest challenge will be to get my clients to enjoy this cuisine, so far from what they expect from me. But this is part of the fun, isn’t it?

And what are you looking forward to?

Seeing smiles on their faces while enjoying the dinner.

After this event is behind you, what’s the next thing?

I will leave for vacation! 😊 

Viviana will cook at VIVA in Milan. Tickets are available here.


PS Do check also Bo Songvisava & Dylan JonesAntonio GalapitoChristophe HardiquestAntonia Klugmann, Jordan BaileySelassie Atadika, Rodolfo GuzmanAlberto Landgraf, Virgilio Martinez,Alex Atala, Zaiyu Hasegawa and Santiago Lastra.

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