Gelinaz Stay In with Micha Schäfer

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).


Micha Schäfer has received the recipes. And now?


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

My first thought was: How the hell am I supposed to integrate this into an experience at Nobelhart & Schmutzig. I also thought about moving to Nepal and start a new life as a Goat.

What do you think of them now?

I´ve read and learned a lot about Israeli cuisine, but the challenge remains.

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

To describe a culinary concept as an animal seems to be rather abstract. Is there an animal that is quite literally insane?

How will you approach it?

Right now I´m going with alcoholism. Seems to work well.

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

My challenge is to create a menu within three weeks. It usually takes more like 20 weeks to create that many dishes on that level of cooking. Also to recreate a taste of a foreign country and source good local ingredients for it is not exactly easy going.

And what are you looking forward to?

I´m looking forward to the feedback of the guests. I wonder what their expectations are.

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

BLACKOUT DINNER 2020 : In 2020 we are planning an event in Tirana, Copenhagen, Vienna, Zurich, Helsinkil, London and Istanbul.  

Micha will cook at Nobelhart & Schmutzig in Berlin. Tickets are sold out, but you can join the waiting list here.


PS Do check also Jose Avillez, Karime Lopez,  Angelo AglianoPhilip RachingerNiki NakayamaJeremy Chan,  Niko RomitoBo Songvisava & Dylan JonesAntonio GalapitoChristophe HardiquestAntonia Klugmann, Jordan BaileySelassie Atadika, Rodolfo GuzmanAlberto Landgraf, Virgilio Martinez,Alex Atala, Zaiyu Hasegawa and Santiago Lastra.

Photo: Marko Seifert

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