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.
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.
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.
“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.”