Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 88
ATING WELL IS SOMETIMES THE
best part of - dare we
say the entire reason for?
- travel, and our culinary curiosity often has
us planning itineraries around
reservations (we're looking at
you, Chef's Table at Brooklyn
Fare), a celebrated ingredient
(truffles, anyone?), or a newly
embraced international cuisine
(hello, Filipino food). For a
peek at trends headed our way,
we asked five renowned chefs,
each with ties to great hotels
or cruise lines, what's cooking.
Pull up a chair and get ready to
feast on the rise of plant-based
fine dining, a Mexican cuisine
renaissance, and more.
MARTHA ORTIZ SPREADS THE GOSPEL OF MEXICAN
What food trend are you excited about?
An Ella Canta agua
fresca and (right) the
My extraordinary colleagues who are making our
national cuisine so important in the world.
Some of your favorites? With my frequent travels
to London, I really like El Pastór, a taqueria in
Borough Market, from Crispin Somerville - I
adore the ambience, which strikes a very authentic
Mexican aesthetic. I also appreciate the dedication and creative work of chef Eduardo García at
Peyotito in Notting Hill.
How does your love for Mexico shine in your
restaurants? Tradition, culture, and history are
STAR POWER: FAMOUS CHEFS WHO GIVE
HOTEL DINING ROOMS A BOOST.
V I RT U O S O L I F E
The Bazaar by José Andrés
SLS Hotel, a Luxury
Collection Hotel, Beverly Hills
important notions for my team. At Dulce Patria,
for example, we respect Mexico's profound past
while looking to the future as a contemporary restaurant. Ella Canta is sophisticated and modern,
with architecture inspired by great maestros like
Ricardo Legorreta, and furniture from designers
like Eugenio Escudero. Even the cocktail menu
honors Mexico's culinary gifts to the world, with
ingredients from achiote to cacao and maíz.
In terms of food and dining while traveling, what
do you go for? When I travel I love to have a vivid
experience with all my senses, so I let that guide
me. I am very happy to try anything from some
street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.
PULL UP A CHAIR: Situated in Mexico City's posh
Polanco district, Las Alcobas hotel has a spa and
just 35 rooms - plus Dulce Patria, an ode to Ortiz's
homeland. The same homage is on the menu at Ella
Canta, a modern Mexican venue at the InterContinental London Park Lane.
The London Edition
Hyde Park, London
(DRINK) JEAN CAZALS, (PORTRAIT) LISA LINDER
The chef-owner of Mexico City's acclaimed Dulce Patria, Martha Ortiz
champions Mexican cuisine and has
authored eight cookbooks on the
subject. Her first restaurant outside
Mexico, Ella Canta, opened in London