SAN SEBASTIÁN DINNER SERIES BY AMELIA: FIRST GUEST – LATIN AMERICA’S BEST FEMALE CHEF KAMILLA SEIDLER
Having opened Amelia Restaurant in the romantic area of San Sebastián just a week ago, the fearless Chef Paulo Airaudo creates San Sebastián Dinner Series; six collaboration dinners extraordinaire a year, each of two days, inviting a diverse range of interesting chefs to the majestic and heavily Michelin-accoladed Basque town tucked into the lagoons of Bay of Biscay.
The first chef Paulo Airaudo invites is Kamilla Seidler – the once unlikely champion of Bolivian Cuisine that ended up taking Latin America by storm, and just six months ago was named “Best Female Chef” of the entire region by The World’s Best Restaurant List.
The two chefs – one being of South American heritage but cooking in Europe, the other being of European heritage but cooking in South America – create a joint 10-serving tasting menu where they’ll blend their combined cooking experiences of Denmark, Spain, England, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico into the freshly created dining rooms of Amelia.
Monday April 23rd and Tuesday April 24th.
This is your chance to experience not only Airaudo’s culinary translation of his experience around the world into his new Basque surroundings, but to also see how he works with a kitchen defined by “The Danes of the Andes” who has transformed the New Nordic philosophy of thinking food into the culture and flavours of Bolivia deep inside the heart of South America.
Danish Chef on a mission to champion Bolivian Cuisine. Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2016/17. Born in Copenhagen, living in La Paz.
When people meet Kamilla Seidler for the first time, they’re often baffled: who is this pale-skinned, blonde-haired Danish woman with perfect Spanish at the helm of Bolivia’s No. 1 restaurant? But the once unlikely champion of Bolivian cuisine has done more for gastronomy in her adopted country in recent years than any local chef, also earning herself the title of “Dane of the Andes”.
Before moving to Bolivia in 2012 to open Gustu, Seidler’s cooking career was already on firm footing. She had worked in some of the world’s best kitchens, from Mugaritz in San Sebastián and Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, to locally celebrated Geist in her native Copenhagen.
Opened in 2013, Gustu won Best New Restaurant in South America and Best Restaurant in South America, from Como Sur – South American Gastronomy. Same year Kamilla Seidler won Best Chef in South America.
In 2014, Gustu placed 32nd on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants List and won the San Pellegrino Best Restaurant in Bolivia Award. It again won Best Restaurant in South America from Como Sur, and Kamilla Seidler again won the award for Best Chef in South America.
In 2015, Gustu climbed impressive 15 positions on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurant, as No.17. In 2016 it climbed additional 3 places, to current No. 14. Meanwhile Kamilla Seidler has been awarded as Latin America’s Best Female Chef by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant List.
Through an epic 2017 World Expedition with only 1% mise en place in her suitcase Kamilla Seidler blends her adopted home country’s flavours with local products of destinations, so far planned in the Americas, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East.
Paulo Airaudo was born in Argentina to a family of Italian immigrants and, since he was 18, has worked in many parts of the world; in Mexico, Peru and many European countries. In Europe he gained experience in restaurants such as Arzak (3*Michelin) in San Sebastián, The Fat Duck (3*Michelin) near London and Magnolia (1*Michelin) in Italy.
Together with Francesco Gasbarro he opened La Bottega – a forward thinking modern trattoria in the historic part of Geneva. Only four months later, in October 2015, the restaurant received its first Michelin star.
Now Paulo Airaudo has opened his first solo restaurant to open in the heart of San Sebastián, where his European adventure originally began.
Chef Airaudo explains:
“My family loves San Sebastián. I love San Sebastián. We’re happy here which is the main reason to build this restaurant. At the same time this magical town has the eye of chefs and foodies globally upon it, which in a way makes it possible for me to offer my food to the world.”
At Amelia, Paulo Airaudo does not only pay homage to future generations but also the past, as he cites his grandparents as a huge inspiration for his fascination with cooking.
After 14 years of cooking and seeking culinary excellence all over the world, the nomad chef has finally found his home – even naming the ambitious endeavour after his 2-year-old daughter, Amelia, which means this time he’s here to stay.
This time it’s personal.
DETAILS IN SHORT
What: San Sebastián Dinner Series Vol. 1
Who: Kamilla Seidler (La Paz) and Paulo Airaudo (San Sebastián)
When: Sunday April 23rd and Monday April 24th
Where: Amelia Restaurant, Calle Moraza, 1B (Ex Prim, 34), San Sebastián
Menu: 10 servings collaboration menu at €90 per person.
Seating times: Reservations begin at 7.30pm until 10.30pm.
Reservations: Through RSVP.
Amelia Restaurant is open for evening service from Tuesday through to Saturday with service beginning 19:30 (7.30pm), as well as for lunch on Friday and Saturday with service beginning 12:30.
The restaurant offers an international, informal but quality driven and modern approach towards cooking, beverages, decor and sound. Amelia serves a constantly changing 10-servings tasting menu at €85, a smaller 7-servings tasting menu at €70, offers a diverse and well-picked winelist, as well as a creatively composed beverage tasting to accompany Chef Airaudo’s menu.
Amelia Restaurant has 50 seats, including 14 open kitchen seats that is offered to diners either as a community seats or for dinner parties.
Calle Moraza, 1B (Ex. Prim, 34)
20006 Donostia-San Sebastián
+34 943 845 647
The San Sebastián Dinner Series is created in collaboration with:
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The diplomacy speaks to a strong network of 600 journalists, bloggers and writers, as well as 2500 luxury diners around the globe.
Hungry for more? Have a look as this article on Amelia by Honest Cooking.