Gelinaz Stay in with Gabriela Camara

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).


Gabriela Camara has received the recipes. And now?


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

How am I going to make this “Mexican” with Bay Area ingredients beginning of December…?

What do you think of them now?

I just think they are from somewhere far away, in a different continent

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

A mountain goat

How will you approach it?

I started with some of the ingredients that made sense, or that reminded me of dishes that I thought could work for Cala.

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

To get the regular Cala guests excited about trying an interpretation of a menu from somewhere no one knows.

And what are you looking forward to?

Just taking part in this version of Gelinaz event.  They are always fun and a good challenge.

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

A dinner December 6th for the 12 Days of Christmas series at The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa with Chris Kostow.

Gabriela will cook at Cala in San Francisco. Tickets are available here.


PS Do check also Chiho 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.

Photo: Alanna Hale

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