If you save up your funds to dine at Pellegrino’s World’s Best or Michelin-starred restaurants as you travel — or at home if you’re privileged to live in a city where you’re surrounded by them — S.Pellegrino Presents THE GRAND GELINAZ! SHUFFLE is a one-night-only event you geek out about. This year, it took place on July 9th.
37 international restaurants and chefs from restaurants of high caliber (every place I heard about being involved carries no less than 2 Michelin stars) swap restaurants. But not a direct swap. For example: Daniel Patterson of SF’s Coi cooked at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in Washington. Magnus Nilsson of Sweden’s Faviken (who coincidentally cooked an unforgettable dinner with Patterson at Coi back in 2012) took over the kitchen at Spain’s famed Mugaritz in the Basque town of Errenteria just outside San Sebastián. And Mugaritz’ Andoni Luis Aduriz… was here in SF manning the kitchen at Coi.
I was privileged to dine that night, experiencing dishes from and meeting Aduriz, the chef-owner of Mugaritz, which opened in 1998. Like the great El Bulli (where Aduriz trained), Mugaritz has come to define the world famous cuisine of San Sebastián. Also in the Bay Area the same night: chef Claude Bosi of France took over the kitchen at SF’s Atelier Crenn and chef Jock Zonfrillo of Australia took over Manresa in Los Gatos.
We did not know who was cooking until arrival and what a thrill it was for me, as someone who has traveled to Spain more than once but sadly has not yet been to San Sebastián (though very near it in the enchanting region of Galicia). Though nothing equates visiting the birthplace of a cuisine and an actual restaurant itself, this was a welcome taste of Spain thoughtfully paired with cellared wines from Coi’s cellar.
Here were the 8 courses Aduriz cooked with the Coi team on July 9th for one exciting night.