Top chefs work Mediterranean magic at Monaco pow-wow
MONACO (AFP) - Top chefs from across the globe rustled up a mouth-watering lesson in Mediterranean cuisine on Saturday, at a pow-wow for 240 food stars hosted in Monaco by France's culinary "godfather" Alain Ducasse.
Ducasse was feting a quarter century at his first three-star eatery, the Louis XV in Monaco, by hosting a three-day chefs' summit in the principality, with a local producers' market on Saturday a highlight of the event.
Boasting a combined 300 Michelin stars among them, the chefs from 28 countries headed down to the market, specially convened in the waterside Sporting Monte Carlo complex - where 14 of them set to work for lunch. The two-star Californian Daniel Patterson grated generous slivers of Italian white truffle onto an oyster-flavoured einkorn risotto - as fellow chefs eagerly snapped pictures and jotted down notes.
The Korean-American David Chang - named one of the world's 100 most influential figures by Time Magazine in 2010 - drew crowds for his miso soup of fermented green French lentils, with black truffle.