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).
Hideki Ii has received the recipes. And now?
What was your first thought when you read the recipes you received?
Even though they were clearly French recipes, there was a familiarity with ingredients/ flavour combinations being used.
What do you think of them now?
Respect. Empathy. Curiosity as to who is the author.
If you had to choose an animal to describe them, what would it be?
How will you approach it?
We will change some parts to fit with the style of our Japanese restaurant, but in keeping with the style and ethos of the original.
What will be the greatest challenge for you in this Gelinaz project?
This will be first time we have served a menu to be eaten with knife/fork. So including everything from the portion size of every ingredient/dish… to actually buying the new plates and cutlery!
And what are you looking forward to?
The reaction of our guests- particularly those of our returning guests who will be enjoying something very new and different at Shirosaka.
PS Do check also Lukas Mraz, Thomas Frebel, Felix Schellhorn, Luca Fantin, Richie Lin, Jonathan Tam, Prateek Sadhu, Riccardo Camanini, Yoji Tokuyoshi, Gabriela Camara, Chiho Kanzaki & Marcello di Giacomo, Lorenzo, Stefano & Benedetto, Micha Schäfer, Ana Ros, Jose Avillez, Karime Lopez, Angelo Agliano, Philip Rachinger, Niki Nakayama, Jeremy Chan, Niko Romito, Bo Songvisava & Dylan Jones, Antonio Galapito, Christophe Hardiquest, Antonia Klugmann, Jordan Bailey, Selassie Atadika, Rodolfo Guzman, Alberto Landgraf, Virgilio Martinez,Alex Atala, Zaiyu Hasegawa and Santiago Lastra.