Top chefs change places in worldwide kitchen swap

Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:01am EDT
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By Junko Fujita

TOKYO (Reuters) - David Kinch, the chef-owner of Manresa in Los Gatos in California, prepared dinner in a kitchen at Narisawa in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Narisawa owner Yoshihiro Narisawa was cooking at Attica in Melbourne.

Kinch and Narisawa were among a collective of 37 top chefs who participated in the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle, traveling to different countries to cook in someone else's kitchen, preparing an eight-course menu using local ingredients for one evening.

Guests at the 37 restaurants did not know who their chef would be until they were seated.

Rene Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen, Sean Gray of Momofuku Ko in New York and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, also took part.

Most of Kinch's dishes at Narisawa, ranked No. 8 in the San Pellegrino 2015 list of the world's 50 best restaurants, consisted of seafood such as kuruma ebi, red snapper, tilefish and abalone.

He spoke to Reuters a few hours before the doors opened for guests who paid about 46,000 yen ($376) each, including drinks.

Q: What was the hardest thing about deciding what to cook tonight?   Continued...

David Kinch (2nd R), the chef-owner of Manresa in Los Gatos in California, demonstrates plating dishes "Kisu, sillaginoid fish, and strawberry" at a kitchen during his special dinner event at a French restaurant Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan, July 9, 2015. Picture taken July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino