Mixing the Unmixable- Lecture 7- Nandu Jubany- Carles Gaig
Speaker: Nandu Jubany (Can Jubany) and Carles Gaig (Fonda Gaig) This
public lecture series discusses concepts from the physical sciences that
underpin both everyday cooking and haute cuisine. Each lecture features a
world-class chef who visited and presented their remarkable culinary designs: Ferran Adria presented spherification; Jose Andres discussed both the basic
components of food and gelation; Joan Roca demonstrated sous vide; Enric Rovira showed his chocolate
delicacies; Wylie Dufresne presented inventions with
transglutaminase. The lectures then use these culinary creations as inspiration
to delve into understanding how and why cooking techniques and recipes work,
focusing on the physical transformations of foods and material properties. Watch Next Video: Proteins & Enzymes: Transglutaminase- Lecture 8- Wylie Dufresne Who is Nandu Jubany?
Who is Carles Gaig?
Carles Gaig is one of the Spanish
chefs who have been able to maintain a perfect balance between traditional
cuisine from which they have learnt so much, and avant-garde cuisine, which
they have explored and from which they have earned international recognition.
This chef's career has
centered above all on Catalonian cuisine. But a visit to the Basque Country
back in 1975 opened his eyes and led him to discover new horizons beyond his
family's restaurant in Barcelona. As an adolescent, his plan was to become a
mechanic but, after his military service, he met Juan Mari Arzak and heard about Bocuse and Girardet,
just when Nouvelle Cuisine was making its mark.
Gaig's family background
pointed him in the right direction. Since 1869, his family had run an eating
house in Barcelona, and both his grandmother and his mother had taught him the
essentials of Catalonian culinary tradition. Then, his blossoming friendship
with Arzak gave him new ideas, fresh from New Basque Cuisine (Nueva Cocina
Vasca ) and its source of inspiration, French Nouvelle Cuisine.
took over the family business in the Hortes district of Barcelona and, after a
number of changes, it received its first Michelin
star in 1993. Later on, in 2004, he received an offer to move his
restaurant to the central Eixample district, in the Hotel Cram. This was the
start of a new period of greater visibility, with the arrival of both a new
local clientele and tourists in search of Catalonian haute cuisine.
Gaig claims to keep a
watch over all the ingredients coming into his restaurant's kitchen. Though he
has plenty of reliable sources, Gaig goes every morning to the Boquería market
to purchase fresh goods for his restaurant, where the menu is forward-looking
but does not lose sight of tradition.
In 2008, Gaig opened
up a new establishment in Barcelona, which he runs in addition to the small
Gaig (a mere 16 tables as well as a
private dining-room). It is called Fonda Gaig. Tradition rules,
and the star dishes are meatballs with cuttlefish, and Catalan-style cannelloni
- old-fashioned recipes but prepared and presented in modern ways. Restaurante Gaig and FondaGaig represent two complementary ways of seeing Catalonian
cuisine but watched over by a single chef, Carles Gaig.
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