GELINAZ! is set to return before the end of the year in Los Angeles with an event Vespertine plays Gelinaz! A series of events is currently being planned for 2019 including ones in Berlin and a shuffle in Asia.
Just under a year after the highly successful Gelinaz! does Upper Austria at the Muhltalhof, Andrea Petrini one of the co-curators of the chef collective together with Alexandra Swenden told publisher Gestalten that the event in Los Angeles will be a gig staged at chef Jordan Kahn’s restaurant.
“15 or so Gelinaz! chefs, boys and girls, exploring the four floors of the restaurant that is more like a spaceship than a restaurant, welcoming only 22 guests at a time. With Eric Owen’s visionary architecture all around,” he said.
Andrea Petrini said that soon after, it will be 2019 and this will be the year that Gelinaz! will take over Berlin and rave non-stop with chefs, artists and a bunch of musicians in interdisciplinary settings. “Imagine the romantics of The Notwist underlying the emotionally charged cuisine of Rodolfo Guzman. Imagine Franco-Japanese Chiho Kanzaki and Italo-Slovenian Antonio Klugman dialoguing with the live streams of sound of Christian Fennesz. Imagine May Chow from Hong-Kong and Colombe Saint-Pierre from Le Bic getting high behind the stove with Paula Temple. Or Rene Redzepi dialoguing in a Sakamoto’s-like contemplative mood fwith the unrepentant spacey and elliptic rhythmic blueprints webbed by Alva Noto.
In 2019, the Gelinaz! shuffle will also get a revamp. The collective normally never repeats events but the Shuffle which sees chefs exchange restaurants has been a roaring success and chefs have constantly asked for repeats.
Petrini said that the series will become a more geopolitically thought-provoking format with Gelinaz! Go East World Tour.
He said that this will be an itinerant and simultaneous performance roaming through different Asian cities from Taipei to Hong Kong, from Korea to Japan, China and Thailand. A huge swapping of restaurants and identities and genders with Asian chefs working in a collaborative, improvisational mood in culinary performances where Western chefs will tune in with Asian like-minded creative spirits in pools of culinary instant composing.
Petrini says that Gelinaz! will involve more female chefs not because of a gender-balance orthodoxy or a wishfully thought affirmative action but rather because when you get more women at the starting blocks you get different openness, a different pace, a different semiotics of gestures, a baring with a touch of behaviourism, less risk-conscious that has rarely been seen before and that is very interesting.
GELINAZ! is a world-wide think-tank of avant-garde chefs performing food and remixing each other’s dishes like in a DJ set giving form to culinary happenings where art, music and cuisine fusion in unexpected and improvisational ways.
It is a collective made by chefs for chefs, never repeating itself with no competition in mind and was, at core, solely created to give something back to an ever-evolving industry, adapting to unpredictable situations and charting new territory.