News | Feb 07 2019

Spanish Gastronomy Week in Russia, With Chef Javier Alesanco

Spanish restaurant El Asador, which opened in Moscow more than a decade ago, is organizing "Spanish gastronomy week in Russia".

Spanish Gastronomy Week in Russia, With Chef Javier Alesanco / @ICEX

The event is taking place in Moscow from February 5th to the 10th and will feature Riojan chef Javier Alesanco, who will prepare Spanish haute cuisine using Russian and Spanish products.

Considered a rising star on Spain's culinary scene, Alesanco likes to experiment with textures and is constantly looking for new combinations in the restaurant of Viura Hotel, in the Basque Country. The presentation of his dishes is also spectacular. After becoming a creative maestro, the chef is always looking to refocus his culinary creations and searching for new recipes that surprise and delight with their flavor, aroma and appearance. He has worked in several leading gourmet restaurants with three Michelin stars, such as ABaC in Barcelona, Coque in Madrid and La Terraza del Casino in Madrid.
 
Spanish gastronomy is one of the most famous in the world due to the way it expertly combines traditional and innovative cuisine. With a view to promoting "Marca España," the restaurant invited the media and food critics to a luncheon on February 5th.
 
On February 7th, the chef will prepare an exclusive dinner at El Asador featuring 8 dishes and the best Spanish wines from wineries such as ContinoMartín Códax and Viña Real. For that event, Javier will adapt traditional Russian products and recipes to modern Spanish cuisine: smetana, caviar, rye bread, cod and fruit-based jellies. The menu, which will also include Spanish products such as Idiazábal cheese and Cinco Jotas acorn-fed Ibérico ham, will comprise the following dishes:
 
1.      Idiazábal, caviar and gold fritter.
2.      Deconstructed Spanish omelet.
3.      Salmon, beet and smetana (sour cream) with an aroma of embers.
4.      Textured peas with 5 Jotas ham.
5.      Cereal risotto with mushrooms.
6.      Russian cod with foie, grape and hazelnut sauce.
7.      Beef cheek in Rioja wine with parmentier potatoes and truffle.
8.      Red berry kisel (fruit-based dessert)
 
This event will have the support of the Spanish Embassy's Department of Tourism, ICEX Spain Trade and Investment (through its brand Foods and Wines from Spain), and Russian wine importer Classica.

Spanish Gastronomy Week in Russia, With Chef Javier Alesanco / @ICEX
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