Philip Foss, the head chef and creator of El Ideas came to the front of the kitchen and addressed the crowd explaining how this eating and cooking concept worked. There would be 12 courses served as if we were at a dinner party – coming out of the kitchen all at the same time. Each course would be mixing unique flavors, techniques and even eating styles. When each course was served one of the chefs would explain what it was. And finally – he encouraged us and welcomed us into the kitchen to watch the process up close, take photos, and talk to the chefs.
That was all the invitation I needed, I spent most of the night hanging out in the kitchen with my cameras. It was an incredibly interactive experience that even had me putting my hands in a freezing dry ice mixture at one point. See for yourself in this short 2 minute video: http://youtu.be/kKPGCo40-cc
We had a variety of food - 12 courses all beautifully presented like a work of art. The menu even challenged our ideas of how to eat food as one of the courses, Coffee and Uni, was served without silverware requiring us to lick our plates.
By the end of the night everyone in the restaurant was interacting and hanging out in the kitchen drinking wine and coffee while talking to the young chefs. This inventive food had brought everyone together.
This inventive new restaurant in Chicago is definitely worth the stop for those who love food! You may even get asked to help!