Albert Adria: An Enigma for All, Barcelona, Spain

One of the world’s most celebrated cooks is surprisingly that unassuming guy in a black hoodie or t-shirt and jeans sprinting around the neighborhood that houses the Adria ElBarri collection of restaurants in Barcelona. Eating Suquet (a Catalan fish stew) with brother Ferran and Anthony Bourdain shooting for his next season is all a part…

Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy: Signature of a Chef

Around Massimo Bottura, you sense the palpable energy of a man who is impatient to catch up with the constant ideas and visions flowing through his consciousness. Never at a loss for words he can carry on extensive conversations with whomever he ‘chooses’ to engage with. I often refer to him as him “Professor Chef”…

Spanish Chef Albert Adria in his “Hood”

  On the rare occasions when  acclaimed Chef Albert Adria of El Bulli fame is not sprinting between his own five restaurants and bars on or near the Avinguda del Paral·lel 164 in Barcelona every day, he can be found hanging out at a few of his favorite places in in his neighborhood. No surprise he doesn’t…

Diego Munoz: The Culinary Force of Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru

International gastrotravelers to Lima tend to plan their itinerary around a reservation at Astrid y Gaston especially since the move to its re-location last year to the grand premises of Casa Moreyra. Personally I enjoy every opportunity to visit with Diego and indulge in his beautiful food and feel fortunate to know this very intelligent…