Chakall packed his bags this week and set off on the adventure around the world. Without forgetting his ‘survival kit’ – turban, moleskine and knives – he is until Sunday in Istanbul for a series of tasting dinners.
The challenge to invade the kitchen was thrown to the ‘most Portuguese’ Argentine chef ever by the spectacular Swissotel The Bosphorus, a luxury hotel with a privileged view of the Bosphorus, otherwise one of Chakall’s favourite landscapes, which lived in that city at the end of even before coming to Lisbon. From that time he remembered with nostalgia, among other things, “the taste of bread, the best I have ever eaten in my life and that I still have the flavour in my memory.”
In addition to contact with the press and dinner for influencers, Chakall will have the opportunity to visit (or revisit) some of the city’s iconic spots, such as the spice market with Chef Ali (one of the resident chefs at Swissotel The Bosphorus). The real challenge will be the 9-course tasting dinners – five entrees, two main courses and two desserts. In this profusion of flavours there will be no shortage of Argentine and Portuguese influences, of course, but also all the mixtures that Chakall has accustomed us over the last 20 years.
After a brief stint in Lisbon, Chakall heads to Paris, where he will represent Portugal and Argentina in a show-cooking, on March 24th, integrated in the event Le Village International de la Gastronomie et des Populations Populaires, from March 21 to 24, in that French city, right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. More than 45,000 people are expected throughout the event, 60 countries represented, over three dozen concerts and many gastronomic demonstrations. For Chakall, this program could not be more interesting, since in that space “many countries will be represented, many cultures and inevitably a gastronomic variety that can only enrich my taste buds and my knowledge“.
Then there is a new pause in Lisbon, “because the national projects ask for it – the existing ones and the ones I will reveal soon …“, “and then travel to Japan. It will be a gastronomic trip where Chakall will take advantage to know more about the flavours and know-how of that country but during which he will have a mission: to draw his own line of knives with the one he considers “the best knife manufacturer in the world,” Kai.
In the national territory there will be some news to share soon, but for now, Chakall and his turban delight in the flavours of other places! Being a citizen of the world passes, obligatorily, on the plate.