Inspired by the annual international culinary event The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle, L’innovation de Nespresso brings a new twist to the restaurant experience by literally switching it up!
In this exciting dining event, Nespresso brings together the collective talents of some of the best chefs in the Philippines. For one night only, two chefs will leave the comfort of their own kitchens and take over the other’s restaurants. And as they make the switch, each guest chef must create a new, exciting dinner menu, inspired by the other’s restaurant menu and concept. The delicious five-course menu aims to delight and inspire diners, with at least one dish infused with the coffee goodness and flavorful aromas of Nespresso.
“Nespresso, as a leader in coffee, is founded on passion and innovation. We don’t want to give you just great coffee, we want you to have your own extraordinary moments. This is what we wanted to achieve through this unique event. These amazing chefs embody boldness and excellence, the very qualities this brand values,” shares Melissa Valdez, Marketing Head of Novateur, the exclusive distributor of Nespresso in the Philippines.
On September 12, Margarita Forés of Grace Park takes over the kitchen of Nicco Santos of Hey Handsome, whipping up memorable plates for the palate. Her farm-to-table approach to cooking and expertise in Italian cuisine find new inspiration in the Southeast Asian-Peranakan kitchen of Nicco in BGC. Nicco Santos, who is adept to weaving colorful flavors into a dish, cheerfully takes on the challenge.
When asked about how they feel about the challenge —
It’s a real welcome challenge for me– to be able to create food in someone else’s kitchen and with somebody else’s statement on food creation. I do love the fact that Hey Handsome is the one we are being paired with. I love that their flavors and their concept are very unique. I love the vibrancy of their flavors. I love the fact that I’m being asked to create food with that kind of inspiration to drive me.
The idea of it is every exciting. We don’t really get to cook outside of our kitchens most of the time. The idea of taking over someone else’s kitchen excites me because I want to know what food they create, what equipment they use, what kind of culture they have in their kitchen. I’m taking this as a great learning experience. I’m very honored to work with Margarita’s team and being able to do my interpretation of her menu is something I will cherish for a very long time. What inspires me to do this is my respect for her. I really love what she does and what she stands for. I aspire to be someone like her someday.
This is the time to dive in – no reservations – and experience first-hand the culinary genius of these chefs.
Transforming Coffee Culture
Nespresso has been providing coffee consumers with the highest quality coffee experiences for over three decades. Since its creation in 1986, the company has redefined and revolutionized the way millions of people enjoy their coffee today, shaping the global coffee culture, and becoming the reference for portioned coffee worldwide.
Nespresso continues to define and shape the industry through constant innovation, renewal, and engagement, reinventing the overall coffee consumption experience with the combination of its strictly-selected coffee, cutting-edge technology, and the unparalleled, personalized service.
The Grand Cru Coffees
Only 1-2% of the worldwide coffee crop meets Nespresso’s strict quality and aroma profile requirements for its Grand Cru coffees. These rare coffees, from the world’s most well-renowned coffee growing regions, are crafted into exceptional blends and single origin coffees, specially developed to suit every taste preference.
The Grand Cru coffees are available in 24 exceptional blends, each one featuring a distinct aroma profile, and hermetically sealed in aluminum capsule which preserves the freshness and aromas of the coffee against damaging factors, such as light, air and humidity and ensures that all aromas are protected until extraction in the consumers’ cups.
The Stylish, State-of- the-Art Machines
The perfect cup doesn’t end with just the coffee. Nespresso machines are equipped with a unique technology that delivers an optimal equilibrium between the right water temperature, quantity and speed, along with the optimal extraction pressure, creating an exquisite cup every time. Each parameter has been calculated with great precision to ensure that all the aromas from each Grand Cru can be expressed, giving it body and creating an incomparably dense and thick crema, the sign of ultimate coffee quality. Designed to deliver extraordinary taste and convenience, each machine remains unique in itself so as to answer to various preference.
The Nespresso machines are also stylishly designed, each one with different looks, functions, and features that suit any personality, preference, lifestyle, and individual sense of style.