STAMFORD, Conn., July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, July 9, 2015, a selection of the world's most renowned chefs participated in a one-of-a-kind culinary event, S.Pellegrino Presents THE GRAND GELINAZ! SHUFFLE. The unprecedented event challenged 37 culinary leaders to swap places with colleagues from around the world and orchestrate this one-night global dining event.
Each participating chef was transported to an unfamiliar location and restaurant, where they were tasked with creating an eight-course menu for the July 9th dinner. The "chef swap" was a fully immersive experience, with visiting chefs swapping kitchens as well as daily lives, residing in their colleagues' homes and even dining with their families. The July 9th dinner events were open to the public and the names of the visiting chefs kept completely secret, revealed only at the completion of the meal.
In the U.S., the eight restaurants and visiting chefs were as follows:
- Momofuku Ko, New York, NY | Visiting Chef: Massimo Bottura, Italy
- Mission Chinese, New York, NY |Visiting Chef: Davide Scabin, Italy
- Blanca, New York, NY | Visiting Chef: Alex Atala, Brazil
- The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA | Visiting Chef: Daniel Patterson, USA
- Coi, San Francisco, CA | Visiting Chef: Andoni Luis Aduriz, Spain
- Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, CA | Visiting Chef: Claude Bosi, France
- Manresa, Los Gatos, CA | Visiting Chef: Jock Zonfrillo, Australia
- McGradys, Charleston, SC | Visitng Chef: Paul Cunningham, Denmark
"Gelinaz! epitomizes the daring culinary innovation that S.Pellegrino is so strongly committed to supporting," said Grant McKenzie, Vice President and General Manager, Sanpellegrino brands. "We are honored to have played a part in realizing this truly unique and ambitious project, working with some of the most talented and creative chefs all around the world."
Gelinaz!, a collective made by chefs and for chefs, was originally founded by chef Fulvio Pierangelini and Andrea Petrini in 2005. Gelinaz! aims to bring together artists, musicians, scientists, thinkers, producers and chefs and is renowned for constantly pushing the boundaries of their collaborations. The idea for the 'Shuffle' was originally put forward by Chef Blaine Wetzel, of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, WA, and 2014 James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year.
For exclusive insider content from The Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle, visit http://www.shuffle.gelinaz.com/ and follow the conversation online at #shufflegelinaz.
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S.Pellegrino is proud to support a number of top culinary events, such as The James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award, S.Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition, S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015, The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, Aspen Food and Wine Classic, Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, and Identita Golose. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SanPellegrinoUS or http://www.sanpellegrino.com/us/en