Gelinaz Stay In with Jonathan Tam

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).


Jonathan Tam has received the recipes. And now?


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

Excitement! Our MYSTERY chef’s recipes emphasised on his cooking to be heavily influenced by
Chinese ingredients, culture and traditions. Also highlighted how it all revolves around the city of Hong Kong. Being Cantonese myself this really connected with me and really inspired me and the team to find a connection with the way we cook at Relae to Chinese Cuisine.

What do you think of them now?

We see the recipes now as ideas or stories that the chef is trying to convey about Chinese ingredients and cooking.

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


How will you approach it?

Rather then looking to remix each individual recipe. We want to keep the inspiration revolving around Chinese Cooking and the cityHong Kong! To show our own vision of what the culture and city means to us!

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

The menu is built on Chinese stories, ingredients, and dishes. The challenge is to educate the team about these personal connections and have it told to the guests so the entire experience connects together.

And what are you looking forward to?

To see the guests’ reaction stepping into Relae and getting a completely new experience.

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

Test out what’s next to cook in the WOKS!

Jonathan will cook at Relae in Copenhagen. Tickets are available here.


PS Do check also Prateek Sadhu,  Riccardo Camanini, Yoji TokuyoshiGabriela CamaraChiho Kanzaki & Marcello di Giacomo, Lorenzo, Stefano & BenedettoMicha SchäferAna Ros, 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.

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