Foodie photos

I spent the early part of this week at “Tokyo Taste The World Summit of Gastronomy 2009”.  Held at the International Forum in Yurakucho, the event was billed as a fashion show for haute cuisine, and sold out all three days.

A picture of Joel Robuchon – probably the world’s most famous chef – addressing Tokyo’s foodies:

Joel Robuchon photo

This was one of the most painful photo jobs I’ve ever done. We snappers had to kneel on a concrete floor for an hour at a time to take photos of Robuchon, Nobu, Ferran Adria, and Heston Blumenthal.

Heston Blumental didn’t actually do much cooking, but here is something he prepared earlier:

Heston Blumenthal’s ipod in a shell

Part of the dish is an ipod in a sea-shell. Low calorie food!

Blumenthal had a few tricks. At one point he poured water on perfume impregnated dry ice in these flower pots. My camera bag still smells like a tart’s boudoir. I got some funny looks on the train home :)

Heston Blumenthal photo

There seems to be a lot of science involved in cooking these days. Even Robuchon’s demonstration looked more like a school chemistry lesson that any cuisine I recognized.

Joel Robuchon cooking

Nobu kept it simple though.

Nobu photo

All the photos:

Here’s a link to the full gallery on my archive: World Summit of Gastronomy 2009

Now, what to cook for dinner?

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