Gelinaz are back. Dec. 3rd 2020 will see the return of the inimitable, culinary, international dining experience from the team at GELINAZ!. Once again, the collaboration is global, and this 4th edition is more soulful than ever. From Dec. 3rd, 130 chefs will remix, play, perform, Matrixes, ideas, menus, recipes, from locked down, in-betweener, silenced GELINAZ! chefs. And like last year, they will be staying at home (again), but this time, they will support their colleagues by giving voice to the Slient Voices. The Silent Voices are the Gelinaz chefs who had to permanently or temporary close their restaurants (for covid or other reasons). If you happen to live close by or can travel, do support this event and the hospitality in general. For any further information please do check GELINAZ.
I am looking forward to introducing the curators of the events in different countries. They will present also the chefs who they engaged into the projects. In Lisbon, the main curator is José Avillez of Belcanto:
Why are you doing Gelinaz this time?
To pay homage to those who remain or are voiceless and to all the Portuguese chefs.
What is your concept?
Eight Portuguese chefs will join me and David Jesus at Belcanto. The purpose is to celebrate Portuguese gastronomy and recognize the work of all the Portuguese chefs in promoting gastronomy as an element of identity and culture. Together we are going to prepare a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by the recipes of a silent chef – a chef who had to close his restaurant because of the impact of the falling profits or who is being prevented from continuing his work due to the counter-pandemic measures. The menu will be served in 4 rounds, between the morning period and the beginning of the afternoon: 10:30, 12:00 (noon), 13:30 and 15:00.
Why should people not miss it?
Because it will be unique to have this amazing team together, it will be a joyful moment, and we’ll have the pleasure to have Mário Linhares with us, a talented Urban Sketcher that through his drawings will capture this moment.
Who will cook together with you?
I invited António Galapito – Prado, António Loureiro – A Cozinha, António Nobre – Degust’AR, Diogo Rocha – Mesa de Lemos, Noélia Jerónimo – Noélia e Jerónimo, Pedro Pena Bastos – Cura, Rodrigo Castelo – Taberna Ó Balcão and Vasco Coelho Santos – Euskalduna.
This group of chefs represents different regions of Portugal, different styles of cuisine and focuses on the new generation here represented by António Galapito, Pedro Pena Bastos and Vasco Coelho Santos.
Vasco is from Porto and represents the new generation from the North of Portugal. He is a chef and an entrepreneur. At Euskalduna hee offers an author’s contemporary cuisine.
You already received the matrixes. What was your reaction when you received them?
Let’s do it!
I know you can’t say whose they are (even if you knew it), so let me know – what film would they be?
Considering the nonlinear moment we’re living for sure a Tarantino’s film.
How will you approach the matrixes and which music do you associate with your approach?
We’re still reflecting on the subject.
Contentores by Xutos e Pontapés the greatest Portuguese rock band of all time.
What are you looking forward to and what is the greatest challenge?
To the future. The greatest challenge is to be resilient.
After Gelinaz, what comes next?
Your message to the silent voices:
No words. Just silence and great respect.
And your message to the people in lockdowns:
Gastronomy is a sign of culture and identity. Support the restaurants in any way you can.