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:
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:
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 :)
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.
Nobu kept it simple though.
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?