In this past year that I lived in Brazil, I met a lot of amazing people, and went to places that I had never been before. But a time I will never forget is the time that I had the opportunity of working at the only two star michelin restaurant in Brazil: D.O.M., and with one of my favorites chefs : Alex Atala.
Oysters with cupuaçu sorbet and mango tile
Working there was amazing. I got to work with ingredients from the amazon forest, that I never did before, like ants and spices. Also different herbs from all over Brazil.
One of the highlights, was working in the kitchen, while the were filming an episode of Chef’s table ( an amazing series about incredible chef’s from Netflix). They filmed me while I was working with the amazon ants, I had to open their legs with tweezers, and place them on top of pineapple’s slices. I didn’t know what made me more nervous the fact that they were filming my hands so close, or the fact that chef Alex was watching everything happening so close. Maybe both. By the way, the ants taste like lemongrass. Yummy!
But what I enjoy the most, was working with amazing people in there, they became my family, and I will miss them dearly.
Pirarucu scales Mixed flowers ceviche
Dandara, my favorite pastry chef, chef Alex and I.
Brazilian green pepper sorbet, pink pepper, ginger dust, parsley sprout and cilantro sprout.