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Eat Like A Chef: Ferran Tadeo of La Rambla, Hong Kong

Known for his avant-garde approach to Catalan dishes, chef Ferran Tadeo spent nearly a decade perfecting his craft under Spain’s culinary greats including chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià of El Bulli and Tickets.

Ferran Tadeo (Photo: Courtesy of La Rambla)

After opening his El Nacional in Barcelona and being recruited to work in Washington D.C. at two Michelin-starred Minibar, he now heads up La Rambla in Hong Kong as executive chef. Find out what’s on Ferran’s global must-eat list in our latest edition of ‘Eat Like A Chef’:

Eleven Madison Park 

To me, Eleven Madison Park represents excellence. Every detail is perfect, from the gorgeous art-deco dining room to the curated wine list. The food was flawless and the service is something to aspire to. I can’t wait to go back and try Daniel Humm’s new vegan concept, which I personally think will be amazing as my favourite dish during my last visit was the celery root. 

Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Avenue, New York

Gresca

Gresca is a really unique space in the heart of Barcelona, led by Rafa Peña. You have the Gresca bar with all its casual yet exceptional dishes cooked in an open kitchen, and a really good natural wine list curated by both Rafa and his right hand man, Sergi. Then you have the formal fine dining area next door that shares the open kitchen serving Rafa’s signature dishes. Every product Rafa touches turns to gold – it is simply perfection.

Gresca, Carrer de Provença, 230, Barcelona, Spain

Can Bosch 

Can Bosch is in Cambrils, one of the most beautiful villages along the Catalan coast. I spent many holidays there and make a point of visiting every time I am back in Spain. My friend Arnau runs the kitchen with his father, maintaining the family business.They’ve held their 1 Michelin Star for over 30 years now. In my opinion, Can Bosch is the perfect place to go for seafood, as well as the representation of what is happening in Catalan cuisine: young talent elevating traditional restaurants with modern and worldly techniques while still maintaining authenticity.

Restaurant Can Bosch, Rambla de Jaume I, 19, Cambrils, Tarragona, Spain

Vea 

Vea was the first fine dining restaurant I visited in Hong Kong when I first moved here. My mind was absolutely blown by Chef Vicky and I thank him for broadening my perspective on Chinese cuisine. Through the cuisine at VEA you can discover a lot of uncommon ingredients, techniques and dishes. The food is simply extraordinary. I also love the chef’s counter style at VEA, as I think communication between chefs and guests adds to the overall dining experience. 

Vea, 30/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong

Yè Shanghai

Chinese cuisine is now one of my favourites as it encompasses so many different styles and flavours. If anyone asks me for a reference of what Shanghai food should be, I point them in the direction of Yè Shanghai as I love so many of the dishes there. It’s real Chinese comfort food.

Yè Shanghai, multiple locations in Hong Kong


See also: Eat Like A Chef: Jos Timmer and Wim de Beer of Restaurant De Kas

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