Coming next weekend: badass chefs, special dinners, exciting street food ... actually, we're not talking about Le Fooding, but rather the Omnivore World Tour, which, ballsily, is planned for the same time frame (this one's at DeKalb Market). Both festivals are French, both feature Ignacio Mattos, and both are happening in Brooklyn, meaning all you foodster cool kids have some scheduling decisions to make. Let us help by offering Omnivore's full lineup, below.
September 21-23// Various Times
Omnivore Food Festival
Come Join international Young Cuisine representatives and America’s next big chefs for a special outdoor edition of the Omnivore World Tour!
Omnivore loves New York with its vertical landscapes, glass buildings, and redbrick houses — it’s multi cultural. But what Omnivore longs for most, is the diversity of food: the dim-sums in Chinatown, the high-end dinners in the city, the pork buns, the pizzas you name it.
Omnivore is paying tribute to the underground cuisine, the pop ups and food trucks by introducing the Omnivore World Tour to New York City. Dekalb Market’s daily life will be heated up by Omnivore’s Masterclasses, Fucking Dinners, and the Omnivorious Party!
During the Omnivore World Tour NYC, Omnivore invites the new generation of American chefs and international representatives of Young Cuisine to the cooking stage. Some of the most creative chefs and highly inventive newcomers will be at the Omnivore’s Festival to share their culinary visions and their know-how. Join the Young Cuisine in Brooklyn!
Master Classes//September 22
10:30-11:15AM Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn - San Francisco, USA)
From Versailles in France, up to San Francisco, Dominque Crenn has built her path as the first woman working as a chef in Indonesia and the winner of the American Iron Chef. Dominique is not afraid of challenges. Since the opening of Atelier Crenn, in January 2011, she’s invested in reinventing herself everyday.
11:20-12:00PM Alexandre Couillon (La Marine - Normoutier, France)
Alexandre, who received the special OMNIVORE FRIEND prize in 2011, is a young-minded and very invested chef. After having worked for several renowned French restaurants (with Thierry Marx for instance), he opened his own bistro on a notable island called Noirmoutier where he masters the art of cooking shellfish, squids, and seaweeds. We’ll always remember the now famous dessert he created (for 200 Omnivore guests on the beach of Noirmoutier nonetheless) out of seaweed, wild fennel and chocolate. A star was born!
12:05-12:45PM Ivan Shishkin (Delicatessen - Moscow, Russia)
One of the co-owners of Delicatessen, this self-taught chef has really made himself; Omnivore discovered him 3 years ago. Former chemist, Ivan rejuvenates Russian cuisine, and tours the world to bring back to Moscow new concepts (like the food truck he just opened serving magnificent burgers and hotdogs). Whether it’s his rye flour pasta or his wood-oven pizza with spicy spinach, Russian sausage and sour cream, as an America-lover, Ivan could not miss being part of Omnivore NY’s fourth edition!
2-2:40PM Gita Seaton (Nouveau Palais - Montréal, Canada)
A year ago, Gita Seaton buckled down the repossession of the Nouveau Palais. In this incongruous venue, her hosts are invited to taste creative dishes as well as some closer to the American diner spirit. Moreover, once a month, Gita Seaton’s open mindedness leads her to shed some light on a rising chef, offering him the possibility to compound a whole menu for one night, inviting her hosts to discover the chefs of the next generation. A true Omnivore spirit!
3:30-4:10PM Brooks Headley (Del Posto - NYC, USA)
Brooks has long flirted with the idea of becoming a punk musician before he discovered pastry at 27. He has evolved in the kitchens as an autodidact ever since and this has been a blessing. Wholly instinctive, he cooks as he plays. Brooks gives a new tempo to dessert time and Omnivore loves it. You will too! http://www.delposto.com/home.htm
4:15-4:55PM Jose Ramirez (Chez Jose - NYC, USA)
Puerto-Rico born Jose Ramirez is Ignacio Mattos former sous-chef at ISA. In early summer, he started his own pop up, Chez Jose, held at Whirlybird Café in Brooklyn. Since July, Jose has put his efforts together with architects Huy Bui, Carlos Gomez and Jon Schramm to bring the pop-up experience to a new level. Matching with the outdoorsy character of his new place, Jose’s cuisine springs out a highly freed conception of modern American cuisine. Watch out, Chez Jose has only 8 seats!
5:00-5:40PM Christophe Dufau (Les Bacchanales - Vences, France)
Christophe has already seen, tasted and cooked every possible thing on earth. Malaisisa, Italia, New York and nine years of Danish cooking may explain the uniqueness of the dishes this UFO from Vence is constantly creating. Each mouthful of his explosive combinations such as rhubarb and pumpkin, mimosa and goat meat, or asparagus ice cream is like vegetal bombs! Let him surprise you.
September 22 //FUCKING DINNERS
Don’t miss the four-handed dinner with the daring name! You won’t be disappointed by the duos constituted of a NYC-based chef and an international one. For one night only, and for a limited number of guests these young chefs will prepare the most stunning and creative menu a unique dining experience!
Omnivore’s French/No French Dinner with Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn - SF) and Alexandre Couillon (La Marine d’Alex - Noirmoutier) will be held in Dekalb Market during the French Day of Gastronomy. Each chef will prepare dishes inspired by his idea of French Cuisine. Guests will also enjoy French cheeses and pastry. Voulez-vous manger avec moi, ce soir?
September 23 // 1PM
What would a festival be without a proper party? Come honor the Young Cuisine and the young and spirited at the Omnivorious Party. The chefs will present their vision of American street food, and several DJ’s will be playing all afternoon long. Come taste the international Young Cuisine!