Categoría "Ponencias y Congresos"

Let the games begin… San Sebastián Gastronomika 2013

Once again we are getting ready to be part of San Sebastián Gastronomika, where not only will we share our latest ideas and experiences, but we will also meet old friends. This time, our participation in the congress will be very diverse: on wednesday 9th, we will open our research and development kitchen to a small group of enthusiasts to show them how we put together our menus. It will be a step by step explanation of how we build an experience from scratch.
Tomorrow we are also going to make a presentation in the main auditorium. We will share the new developments based on the concept of playing with food. We have already talked about how games can be used in the search for pleasure. The adventure of the unknown becomes easier if it is turned into a game. The “Astragal” dish is a stimulating exercise for which the craft of Japanese artists from the Arita region is necessary. These craftsmen are part of a porcelain workshop which will soon be 400 years old. This has been an amazing project which we have worked upon for a long time. From the very start we have been in love with the ability of Arita artists to recreate tradition, technology and a huge dose of creativity.


We will end our presentation with the world premiere of a new video produced by La Fura dels Baus for Mugaritz. A wonderful story about moving from the past into the present while preserving traditions and stimulating innovation. Food and games… is there anything better?

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A 4 day trip to Mexico

Mexico is an explosion of stimulae for all the senses. We already knew this, but we experienced it again on our last trip to D.F. We were there for 4 days and attended Mesamérica, an annual gathering which is quickly becoming one of the most important and exciting culinary symposiums in the world.

Intense would be the most appropriate word to describe our experience and we couldn’t have asked for a better host than Chef Arturo Fernandez. Finding him this time in the role of head Chef of Restaurante Raíz is one of those gifts which fate bestows upon you. In 2004 Arturo worked with us as an apprentice in the kitchen and now he owns a restaurant which combines innovation, culture and education.

Mexico also gave us the chance to meet up with old friends like Massimo Bottura, René Redzepi, Gastón Acurio, Daniel Humm, Jordi Roca and Alex Atala, among others. In the end, it is during the chance meetings and brief shared moments that one learns the most important lessons at these gatherings.

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