Bon Bon Restaurant is the Headquarters for ambitious Gelinaz! event taking place on 10 November 2016.
The restaurant of Christophe Hardiquest, two Michelin stars and a 19.5 score in the Gault & Millau guide, will be buzzing with activity around the clock on 10 November (till the early hours of 11 November) as he is set to welcome 19 chefs from around the world for what promises to be a one of a kind event.
On that day, 20 chefs will join forces and cook consecutively for over 15 hours (excluding preparations) as they join another 40 chefs around the world who will be involved in the largest ever restaurant shuffle.
In total, they will be creating four different menus for four separate seatings which start at noon and finish at 3am in the morning of the next day.
How will the event work?
The 20 chefs will be paired into 10 teams of 2. Each pair of chefs will interpret a dish that is going to be prepared by one of the 40 chefs during the shuffle that takes place on the same day. These 40 chefs will send one recipe to the Headquarters to be interpreted and twisted by the 20 chefs. During 4 services, the chefs will reinterpret a dish from each of the 40 chefs taking part in the Gelinaz Shuffle so no lunch or dinner will be the same for the guests.
While the Gelinaz Shuffle is in its second year, this is the first year that the Brussels Headquarters event is being organised.
The chefs that will come to Brussels to join the only Brussels based chef Christophe Hardiquest of Bon Bon include the two Belgian chefs Kobe Desramaults (In De Wulf) and Geert de Mangeleer (Hertog Jan) as well as Davide Scabin (Combal Zero, Italy), Claude Bosi (Hibiscus, London), Peter Nilsson (Spritmuseum, Sweden), Yannick Alleno (Alleno, Pavillon Ledoyen, France), Kristian Baumann (Restaurant 108, Copenhagen), Clare Smyth (Gordon Ramsay, UK), Mauro Colagreco (Le Mirazur, France), Leonardo Pereira (Areias do Seixo, Lisbon), Magnus Ek (Oaxen Krog, Sweden), Fulvio Pierangelini (Hotel de Russie, Italy), Paul Cunningham (Henne Kirkeby Kro, Denmark), Armand Arnal (La Chassagnette, Arles), Alexandre Gauthier (La Grenouillere, France), Enrico Crippa, Piazza Duomo (Alba), Mathieu Rostaing-Tayard (Cafe Sillon, France), Philip Rachinger (Muhltalhof, Austria) and last but not least Albert Adria (Tickets, Barcelona).
For the shuffle, chefs from Japan to Chile, from Brazil to Slovenia, France, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, UK, Italy, Peru, Denmark and all throughout the United States, 40 of the world’s most acclai-med, pioneering and creative culinary talents will take part in an unprecedented international restaurant ‘SWAP’, and will exchange lives, homes, dogs, and of course, kitchens for three days, before the 24 hour-long dinner that will take place across the globe, from Melbourne to San Francisco.
Each ‘guest’ chef, after having found out the results of the Gelinaz! ballot, will travel to their country of destination to prepare his or her unique and unrepeatable 8-course menu. The chefs will not take ingredients from home but will cook and improvise in order to combine their culinary approach with the what they find on their location. It will be a fusion between 2 remarkable chefs’ personalities.
Guests will not know who will cook for them until the beginning of the dinner on November 10th. What is sure is that chefs that might be cooking for them include the likes of Christian Puglisi, René Redzepi or Anand Gaggan, Massimo Bottura, Adeline Grattard, Yoshihiro Narisawa, or even Ana Ros. The whole list of chefs that are swapping restaurants is the following:
Alex Atala, Matt Orlando, Alexandre Silva, Mikael Jonsson, Blaine Wetzel, Christoper Kostow, Riccardo Camanini, Paul Carmichael, Rene Redzepi, Zaiyu Hasegawa, Sean Brock, Virgilio Martinez, Sean Gray, Simone Tondo, Adeline Grattard, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Danny Bowein, Niko Romito, Anand Gaggan, Dominique Crenn, Inaki Aizpitarte, Jose Avillez, Vladimir Mukhin, Dan Hunter, Bo Songivsava, Rodolfo Guzman, David Thompson, Mitsuharu Tsumura, Ana Ros, Christian Puglisi, Sven Elverfeld, Lee Tiernan, Dave Pynt, Massimiliano Alajmo, Massimo Bottura, Jock Zonfrillo, Manu Buffara, Carlo Mirarchi, Daniel Burns and Ben Shewry.
Gelinaz! is a collective of international chefs that is the brainchild of Fulvio Pierangelini. It promises to push boundaries and take risk as a starting point. The aim of the chefs is to discover new cultures and to exchange knowledge. They want to invent collaborations with artists, musicians, scientists, thinkers and producers, never repeating themselves and exploring the unknown, charting new territories to sharpen creativity and zooming on the beauty of nature and its elegant chaos.
In 2013, the chefs met in Ghent and Lima. This was followed in 2014 by 28 chefs taking over the kitchen of Wylie Dufresne in New York to pay a tribute to one of the most distinguished avant-garde chefs.
In July 2014, they met for a Gelinaz spiritual retreat in Tuscany to prepare future Gelinaz! gigs for the next three years.
The first ever Gelinaz! restaurant shuffle was organised successfully last year.