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If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home...
I've been obsessed with food, ingredients and the “eating out” experience for as long as I can remember, growing up with a close-knit family of Asian descent instilled the feeling of well being from a very early age, gathering around the dining table was a very fond memory of mine and I think fueled my passion to becoming a good cook.
My aim is to create a journey of taste, texture and temperature using classics with forward thinking techniques to create something unique and modern without forgetting the key elements such as flavor, the one word that drives us to push that extra mile.
Today we find ourselves in a new modern world of cuisine where we have seen massive movements in the evolution of restaurants.
It is no longer acceptable for mediocrity, I believe we owe this to our guests to move forward and think of new ways to serve and prepare food.
More restaurants are moving towards the Tasting Menu format where they can give their guest a real adventure of the palate, nurturing and manipulating artisan produce to tantalize all the senses.
What excites me also is the unexpected, it could be a diversion on a classic dish, replacing ingredients or just serving ingredients in a different guises that can make a meal memorable.
At the restaurants we strive to give our guest a peek into the world of gastronomy. Research and development play an interesting role in many of the world's finest restaurants disusing the benefits of food pairings and flavor combinations are a crucial aspect to any modern day cook.
Ultimately, going to a gastronomic restaurants should be about fun. Abandoning your day to day life and going on an adventure of smells, sights, tastes, and textures, something you wouldn't or even couldn't do at home.......tbc...
The chef Andoni Aduriz
Planning my south east asia trip and back state side.. its been a roller coaster. i've learned a tremendous amount of knowledge and a infinite things not to do in a kitchen... taking a break from responsibilities for a while and just enjoying my freedom .. knowledge comes with adventures as well..
"Hands steady so the lines in the mental illustration is straight
WOAH, been a very long time since i have updated... lots have been going on... trip to vietnam, cooking with 17 japanese chefs from IL GHIOTTONE from Kyoto Japan. Learned so much from watching and seeing how hard they worked together.. My trip to Vietnam was pretty mind blowing. the food was super cheap and the weather was pretty great! a trip to Mei Nu beach was great, i had the best Bun Bo Hue ever..Met all my uncles and cousins which was a mind trip..
just fined a week of work with the talented crew from Mugaritz. intense presence and focus with everyone from their crew.. i realized a lot of things i want in my kitchen one day by working with these boys... i want their success.. i want their focused and standards.. ones day...
just a short update now, will follow up with a photo post and stoires...
When I started cooking, my only goal was to be fast. Aside from not working clean and generally spinning around in my head, I probably looked like I was having a seizure. Then I started to notice the other cooks around me that were better than me. They were so collected...so expressionless. Did they just not care as much as me? Did they just not take things as seriously? Well, no. They just knew what they were doing. As my sous chef at that time said to me: "You don't want to look like a little bitch."
Time passed on, and as I slowly came to find a comfortable place in my own skin, my movements became more relaxed, but my head didnt. I still felt like I was one step away from flipping over my cutting board, throwing my salt at the food runner, and fist and elbowing my way out of the front door. It would take lying to myself to cure it; daily affirmations of "You're on control, you can cook, you're a motherfucking handsome badass." It sounds ridiculous. It was. And it worked.
Finding a way to be composed makes the other cooks look differently at you. The crew will respect you, your chef will be quietly impressed by you, and your skills will improve. You'll have more energy. And you'll know what to tell homeboy when he starts to lose it.
So how do you deal wih it? Where do you find your place of balance? How do you compose yourself when things get crazy?
"Determined to be the best, not lookin back at regrets. How many people you blessed is how you measure success"
simply put.. either we are hot or cold. i believe in absolutes. i believe that fi you touch the fire you'll get burned. I believe that god created this earth and created man kind. he gave usthe gift of free will that we might enjoy the opportunity to experience life and make our own decisions. With freedom comes responsibility. Things classified as sin are classified as so because they in some way or another bring destruction to an individual or to society as a whole. The consequences for such things are felt in the current state o our society. i don't believe in a perfect world. I believe in a a redeemed one....
REST IN PEACE GURU :
Too many times I asked, "Why me?" And I recall when things weren't goin how they 'sposed to be Yeah I know you dig what I'm relayin And now I find myself devoting more time to praying I ain't saying that I don't do no wrong I'm saying I ain't trying to sing no more sad songs I got mad responsibilities I'm building with my family, my loved ones depend on me I've got no time for envy nor for hate My inner power's too strong to let such evil penetrate The world around is in chaos But I'd rather seek the truth to be found than to be lost Experience is always the best teacher Look at the signs, feel the vibes, I'm tryin to reach ya I see how much now that one should be grateful for And we must help the others who can't find a open door
-count your blessings-
Living in another country has been an experience of a life time... Its been three weeks and i feel like living out of the states is going to be a life time experience. We are working crazy hours but on sundays have been able to cook some insane meals.. Introducing the Hollands to beer can chicken which the pictures will be posted... But after all if u can spend literally 18 hours of the day with your room mate everyday you must be buddies... People who care watch us we are going to have some great dishes coming and some crazy adventures. Its all about travel and showing passion to what you love........ You cant change things right away but to be able to make things better in the future is a great gift...... Singapore watch out cause we are here and i really don't know if this country is ready to control us... Obviously not cause we haven't been arrested but have made our selves known....... MEAT