Recap: The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle

Alexandra Paretta

For one night only, 37 acclaimed chefs around the globe swapped places. A beautifully orchestrated culinary spectacle that took over the world for a night, The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle pulled together a diverse family of chefs and tested their comfort, skill, and creativity. As they swapped kitchens, homes, and even families, these chefs had to overcome language barriers and more in order to serve a unique 8-course meal to eager patrons. Curious to see the results of this exclusive, once-of-a-kind event? Here are some of our favorites from The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle.

“The line-up for this performance is a family of chefs, who take risk as a starting point, that are neither fearful of creativity, nor driven by ego, but are fueled by a desire to explore,” said Andrea Petrini, one of the original founders of Gelinaz!. We were thrilled to see names like Massimo Bottura, Alex Atala, Alain Ducasse, and Rene Redzepi on the list.

Here’s the full list of swaps:

Danny Bowien | Mission Chinese Food, New York, USA → Noma
Sean Gray | Momofuku Ko, New York, USA → Hibiscus
Sean Brock | McCrady’s, Charleston, USA →  Osteria Francescana
David Kinch | Manresa, Los Gatos, USA → Narisawa
Daniel Patterson | Coi, San Francisco, USA → Willow’s Inn
Dominique Crenn | Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, USA →  Central
Blaine Wetzel | Willow’s Inn, Lummi Island, USA →  Mirazur
Colombe Saint-Pierre | Chez Saint-Pierre, Le Bic, Canada → Spiritmuseum
Claude Bosi | Hibiscus, England → Atelier Crenn
Magnus Nilsson | Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden → Combal Zero
René Redzepi | Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark → Nahm
Paul Cunningham | Henne Kirkeby → Husk
Kobe Desramaults | In De Wulf, Dranouter, Belgium → Pakta
Mihmet Gurs | Mikla, Istanbul, Turkey → Orana
Yoshihiro Narisawa | Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan → Attica
David Thompson | Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand → Le Plaza
Ben Shewry | Attica, Melbourne, Australia → In De Wulf
Jock Zonfrillo | Orana, Adelaide, Australia → Manresa
Bertrand Grebaut | Septime, Paris, France → Lido 84
Alain Ducasse | La Plaza Athenee, Paris, France → D.O.M.Inaka Alzpitarte | Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France → Chez Saint-Pierre
Mauro Colagreco | Mirazur, Menton, France → Hisa Franko
Alexandre Gauthier | Le Grenouillere, Montreuil/Mer, France → Le Calandre
Ana Ros | Hisa Franko, Kobarid, Slovenia → Borago
David Scabin | Combal Zero, Rivoli, Italy → Mission Chinese Food
Fulvio Pierangelini | Hotel de Russie, Rome, Italy → Mikla
Riccardo Camanini | Lido 84, Gardone Riviera, Italy → Faviken
Massimo Bottura | Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy → Momofuku Ko
Massilmillano Alajmo | Le Calandre, Venice, Italy → Le Doyen
Adoni Luis Aduriz | Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain → Coi
Albert Adrià | Pakta, Barcelona, Spain → Le Grenouillere
Alex Atala | D.O.M., San Paolo, Brazil → Blanca
Rodolfo Guzman | Borago, Santiago, Chile → Septime
Virgillo Martinez | Central, Lima, Peru → Henne Kirkeby Kro

And in case you weren’t one of the lucky ones fortunate enough to attend this one-night event, here’s a glimpse of what went on around the world:

@alexatala came to Blanca tonight for the #gelinazshuffle.

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Black cod head, halibut, beach succulents, Meyer lemon & coriander #gelinazshuffle #gelinazshuffle

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Grilled percebes.. #SanSebastian #Basque #Spain #GelinazShuffle #lefooding

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The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle was a topsy-turvy event that shook up the world of fine culinary cuisine for a night. Regardless of their circumstance, every participant was able to walk away from The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle as a better chef because they were driven to produce imaginative menus and refined dishes in a challenging way.

In the event that there is a another shuffle in the future, which chefs will reappear for the second round, and which faces can we look forward to seeing for the first time? It is uncertain whether there will be another Grand Gelinaz Shuffle, but we are eager to find out. Until then, we look forward to what Gelinaz! will do for their next innovative culinary event in Instanbul coming in 2016.