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José Andrés Hits Toki Underground with Ferran Adrià

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Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

Having José Andrés in your kitchen is a nerve-wracking enough prospect for an up-and-coming chef. Throw Ferran Adrià and Gastón Acurio into the mix, and you've got Monday night at Toki Underground, where chef Erik Bruner-Yang cooked for all three international cooking giants in his tiny space on H Street.


According to Bruner-Yang, the two chefs dined on the usual customer favorites — namely, ramen and dumplings —plus a few specials from the kitchen.

The trio's next stop was Zaytinya, Andrés' Mediterranean small plates restaurant, which was celebrating its tenth anniversary in Penn Quarter with a big bash.

Adrià, considered by some to be the world's greatest chef, is a mentor figure to Andrés, whose minibar dishes take some of their molecular gastronomic cues from El Bulli. No word yet why Adrià and Peruvian chef Acurio were in town.

Update: A rep for Andres tells Eater that Acurio and Adrià were in town to present the Jesús María Santos documentary Perú Sabe, about the Peruvian food scene, at an event tonight at Inter-American Development Bank.

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