Earlier this week, GELINAZ!, a collective of chefs from around the world announced that a new gig was taking place. In these difficult times, when planning anything beyond tomorrow has become close to impossible, GELINAZ! is back with the second stay in tour but this time the aim is to give a voice to chefs around the world that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
Now, more details have emerged of the restaurants and chefs that will take part in this edition that will take place on 3 December and will follow with a second performance some time in the new year.
Over 130 chefs from around the world (and the number is constantly on the increase) will be taking part in this performance.
In every city taking part, there will be one host who will take the role of curator and organiser of the event. They will invite fellow chefs to work on the matrix recipes that they will receive from the ‘silent voices’.
These silent voices are chefs who have lost their restaurants because of their crisis or whose restaurant is on the brink. Some of them are currently in lockdown or else in between projects. Some are even in between countries.
These chefs have been invited to create an 8 ‘matrix’ menu where they have been asked to tell all their stories and dreams, joys and sorrows. These menus will be sent out anonymously to other GELINAZ! members around the world who will organise a one of a kind performance.
A matrix is an original dish that has never been made before and it will be recreated, remixed and reworked during a life performance.
This time, the chefs that are organising the event have been asked to not just participate but they will also be curators of the event. They will supervise and decide everything from the number of seasons available, the number of shifts, price. Each performance will be completely different in scope. What there is in common is improvised cooking.
All of the chefs who have to remix the matrixes will work in teams of two, three, four or more and will not know the identity of the anonymous silent voice who wrote the recipes. The names of the authors will only be released at the very end of the dinner.
The takes place on 3 December in cities where sanitary measures still allow them to open their doors to the public. Reservations for the event open next week on 19 November.
The following cities and restaurants will host the GELINAZ! Stay in Tour
In Don Julio Parrilla (Buenos Aires): Pablo Jesus Roverp and Guido Tassi of Don Julio Parrilla will invite Gonzalo Aramburu of Aramburu, Gabriel Oggero of Crizia, German Martitegui of Tegui and Tomas Kalika of Mishiguene.
In Lima, Virgilio Martinez and Pia Leon will host a number of chef friends at Kjolle. These include Juan Luis Martinez of Merito, Jose del Castillo of Isolina, Arlene Eulert Checa of Matria, Jaime Pesaque of Mayta, Renzo Garibaldi of Osso, Jorge Munoz and Gaston Acurio of Astrid y Gaston, Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido, Rodrigo Alzamora of Rafael and Frencsca Ferreyos of Baan.
In Mexico City at La Docena Polanco, Sergio Meza will invite Tomas Bermudez (La Docena), Francisco Ruano of Alcalde, Elena Reygadas of Rosetta, Gabriela Camara of Contramar, Joaquin Cardoso of Loup Bar, Jair Tellez of Amaya, Jose Luis Hinostroza of ARCA and Eduardo Garcia of Maximo Bistrot.
In Rio de Janiero the event at Lasai will be curated by Rafa Costa e Silva of Lasai and Manoella Buffara of Restaurante Manu with Alex Atala of D.O.M. and Thomas Troisgros of Olympe as special guests.
In Sao Paulo, the event will be held at Corrutela and will be curated by Alberto Landgraf of Oteque). The guests will be Elisa Fernande of Clos Winebar, Izabela Tavares of IZA PAdaria Artesanal, Cesar Costa of Corrutela and Luiz Filipe Souza of Evvai.
In Canada, Colombe Saint Pierre will go from Le Bic to Montreal on a big tour.
In Bangkok, Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones will curate the event at Bo.lan. They will have as guests David Thompson of Akron, Prin Polsuk of Samrub For Thai, Saki Hoshino (80/20), Napol Joe Jantraget (80/20), Weerawat Num Triyasenawat (Samuay & Sons), Tam Chudaree Debhakam (Baan Tepa), Tim Butler from Eat Me and Garima Arora from Gaa.
In Hong Kong May Chow at Happy Paradise will welcome Vicky Lau from Tate Dining Room, Agustin Balbi from Ando, Matt Abergel from Yardbirg, Ricardo Chaneton from Mono and Menex Cheung from Chinatown.
In Festa by Mingoo in Seoul, Mingoo Kang welcomes Sung And from Most.
In Taipei, at Logy the event will be curated by Jimmy Lim Tyan Yaw of JL Studio. He will invite Kenji Takeda of Liberte and Shoichi Fujimoto of Shu.
In Taichung at JL Studio, the event will be curated by Ryogo Tahara of Logy and Richie Lin of Mume with Jessada Pod Kurapunt of Coast as special guest.
José Avillez of Belcanto is the only chef in Europe to organise an event in December at his restaurant in Lisbon. The guests will be Noelia Jeronimo of Noelia e Jeronimo, Pedro Pena Bastos of Cura, Antonio Galapito of Prado, Rodrigo Castelo of Taberna O Balcao, Antonio Nobre of Degust’AR, Diogo Rocha of Mesa de Lemos, Vasco Coelho Santos of Euskalduna, Antonio Loureiro of A Cozinha and David Jesus of Belcanto.
In Mumbai, Prateek Sadhu of Masque will invite Gresham Fernandes at Masque Lab.
In San Francisco, Kim Alter will be the curator at Nightbird. The special guests are Chris Cosentino of Cockscomb, Melissa Perillo of Frances and Pia Techamuanvivit of Kin Khao (with more to come).
In Los Angeles, the event is going to be held at Phenakite. Together with Min Phan from that restaurant is Daniel Patterson of Alta Adams who will curate the event.
There is no date set for the second chapter which will be held mainly in Europe. However, it is likely to take place some time around the end of January if the pandemic permits. The list of cities and venues is still being compiled though there are a number of events that have been set-up already.
For the time being, these are:
At Hija de Sanchez, the event will be curated by Rosio Sanchez and René Redzepi of Noma. Guests include Nicolai Norregaard of Kadeau, Lisa Los of Tigermom and Mette Brink Soberg of Noma.
In London, the event will be held at KOL and will be curated by Santiago Lastra. Special guests include Pamela Yung of Flor, Jeremy Chan of Ikoyi and Douglas McMaster of Silo.
There will be two spots in Italy. At Il Giglio in Lucca, the event is curated by Benedetto Rullo, Lorenzo Stefanini and Stefano Terigi. The guests include Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, Riccardo Camanini of Lido 84, Antonia Klugmann of L’Argine a Venice, Niko Romito of Reale, Chiho Kanzaki of Virtus, Chiara Pavan and Francesco Brutto of Venissa, Agostino Iacobucci of Iacobucci and Lorenzo Lunghi of Fondazione Prada.
In Milan, Viviana Varese at VIVA invites Giuliano Baldessari of Aqua Crua, Carlo Cracco of Ristorante Cracco, Paolo Lopriore of Il Portico, Iza Mazzocchi of La Palta, Fulvio Pierangelini, the founder of GELINAZ! together with Andrea Petrini of Forte Hotels and Diego Rossi of Trippa.
In Lyon at Le Bistrot du Potager – Gerland, Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard hosts Alexandre Couillon of La Marine, Christophe Pele of Le Clarence, Celine Pham, Mathieu Vianney of La Mere Brazier, Guillaume Monjure of Le Palegrie, Tabata and Ludovic Mey of Les Apothicaires, Frederic Molina of Le Moulin de Lere and Floriant Remont from Le Bistrot du Potager – Gerland.
Petter Nilsson at Petri will invite Niklas Ekstedt for the performance in Stockholm.
In Vienna, the location is not yet known. But the curators of the event are the Lukas Mark of Mraz and Sohn, Philip Rachinger of Muhltalhof and Felix Schellhorn of Hansi Hansi. Andres Stirn will be the special guest.
In Berlin, the event is being held at Michelberger Hotel. It is curated by Sebastian Frank of Horvath. Special guests are Max Strohe of Tlus Lotrek, Micha Schafer of Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Alan Micks and Andreas Rieger of Michelberger Hotel and Tom Hohlfeld of Jante.
Other restaurants and chefs are expected to be announced at a later stage. More information on the GELINAZ! website.