Zoilo hosts chef residencies to reflect Argentinian cultural diversity

14 November 2014 by
Zoilo hosts chef residencies to reflect Argentinian cultural diversity

London restaurant Zoilo has launched a series of chef takeovers to explore how different cultures have shaped Argentinian cuisine.

Last month the restaurant played host to Swedish chefs Niclas Yngvesson and Gustav Knutsson from Michelin-starred Bhoga in Gothenburg, who prepared a menu of Scandinavian cuisine with an international twist.

Meanwhile, at the end of the month chef and co-owner Diego Jacquet will welcome former Murano head chef Diego Cardoso, who has devised an Italian and Argentine inspired menu.

On 27 and 28 November Cardoso will create a five-course menu for £40, including Argentine sweetbreads with celeriac and hazelnut purée with chimichurri dressing and a main course of lamb served with a black pepper and watercress crème fraiche and artichoke escabeche.

Diego Jacquet said that the events served to motivate the restaurant team and provide an additional reason for diners to visit. He added that more takeovers were planned for next year to continue the exploration of Argentina's colonisation by Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Welsh French and German immigrants.

Jacquet said: "Our chef residencies are a great excuse to cook with talented friends & get to know new ones. More importantly it is a great opportunity for our team to get to know how other chefs and restaurants work and discover a whole new food philosophy. This in turn allows us to push ourselves forward &and out of our comfort zone to keep challenging, shaping and developing a more truthful ‘Cocina Argentina'."

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