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NYC: Empellón Cocina: The Push Project: Part IV (Nov. 2013)

November 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Author: Victor
Chefs: Alex Stupak and Grant Achatz
Website: http://empellon.tumblr.com/tagged/push-project

November 7, 2013

Push Project Part IV: Grant Achatz

This is the last Push Project of the year, and Chef Stupak decided to go out with a BANG. He asked his former boss/mentor, Grant Achatz, to collaborate with him, resulting in one of the most hyped dining events of the year. Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz are basically gods in the American culinary scene, so having one of them as a guest chef in a meal is pretty darn amazing.

Anyway, enough rambling. Let’s go look at the food!

Click here to see pictures of our meal.

Chicago: Next: El Bulli (May 2012)

May 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Authors: Victor and Karen
Restaurant: Next Restaurant (El Bulli Menu)
Exec Chefs: Grant Achatz and Dave Beran
Consultant for the meal: Ferran Adrià

Date: May 27, 2012

Victor’s thoughts on the meal:
-This meal was one of the most thought-provoking meals of my life. Kudos to Ferran Adrià for these dishes he has created throughout his time at El Bulli, and kudos to Grant Achatz for recreating them at Next.
-Taste-wise, not every course was as delicious as the courses in, for instance, Per Se would be, but it was just such an experience to see these different textures and flavors utilized together.
-It was the first time I encountered “air”, smoke foam, and a hollow globe made of gorgonzola cheese, and I don’t think I’ll forget that experience.

Meal background:
-This meal was basically a tribute to Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli; Grant Achatz wanted to faithfully recreate a meal that featured different courses El Bulli has served throughout the years, and Ferran Adrià served as a consultant to help him accomplish this.
-Next Restaurant utilizes a ticketing system, and you had to pretty much buy your reservation “tickets” weeks before at a set time. (Tickets generally sold out within 30 minutes.)
-Next: El Bulli ran from February 8 to May 27. I GOT REALLY LUCKY; I managed to get two seats through a friend’s friend on the very last day!

Click to see the pictures!