I'd been a little ambivalent about going to see José Andrés –I thought if I wanted to see a boy play with his chemistry set I could always go hang with Sasha- but Dana Cowin, Food & Wine magazine's stylish editor, convinced me with her enthusiastic recommendation the night before.
So, the next morning, with a slight altitude sickness -it wasn't a hangover, I swear- I fumbled my way into a crowded auditorium. José Andrés had already taken up his spot on the stage, accompanied by his two adorable daughters Inez and Carlotta, and also by Katsuya Fukushima, the Chef de Cuisine of his restaurant Café Atlantico.
Having one's children around was quite de rigueur at the Classic. Mario also had his sons with him when I was at his demonstration the day before. And there were a constant stream of kids and their respective nannies coming through the press room, who knew whom they belonged to, but probably some important people. José's daughters were far more than decoration though. They were right on stage, interacting with their father and adding quite a hilarious comic touch in the show.
José Andrés is an amazing spokesperson for what Hervé This calls Molecular Gastronomy, which normal people might refer to as the 'weird food' movement. The high priests of this movement are mostly from Spain, or es-spain as José charmingly called it.
Have you ever noticed that Spanish people can't say Spain, but always es-spain? Supremely cute, no? Ok, I digress again. Back to the auditorium we go.