The Grand Gelinaz! chef swap returns

Acclaimed chefs cross continents to restaurant swap for one night only…

Boragó restaurant in Santiago will host a dinner for The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle
Boragó restaurant in Santiago will host a dinner for The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle

Thursday November 10 sees 40 of the world’s award-winning and pioneering chefs swap restaurants for one night only – and booking is now open. The global event is the second edition of The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle and this year’s roster includes chefs from 17 countries and five continents – each assigned to cook an eight-course menu using local ingredients in the restaurant of a fellow chef.

Massimo Bottura is one of the participating chefs
Massimo Bottura is one of the participating chefs | Image: © Paolo Terzi

The chefs – including José Avillez, Massimo Bottura, Danny Bowien, Virgilio Martínez and René Redzepi – will travel to their culinary destination three days before the event to familiarise themselves with the host restaurant, the kitchen team and the local cuisine and customs.

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Foodies can buy tickets for a specific restaurant – Boragó in Santiago (€120) or Narisawa in Tokyo (€350), for example – but the identity of the chef won’t be revealed until guests are seated for dinner.

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“In last year’s swap we saw René Redzepi take residence at Nahm in Bangkok, Mauro Colagreco make a trip to Hisa Franko in Slovenia and Claude Bosi cross the pond for a stint at San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn,” says Gelinaz! co-curator Andrea Petrini. “Each and every exchange was wonderful, both for the dishes created and the social connections that were born from this cross-cultural experiment. We can’t wait to find out what this second Shuffle will hold.”

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