Celebrity chefs on culinary journeys with CNN

In the new episodes, London's Michel Roux Jr., Alex Atala from Sao Paulo, the Indian chef Gaggan Anand and Vicky Lau from Hong Kong, recently voted best female chef in Asia, portrayed. Star chefs travel to Paris, the Brazilian Amazon and the Chinese city of Hangzhou, among other places, to explore the latest culinary trends.
'Culinary Journeys' you can see on CNN International on the first Friday of the month at 17.30 pm and the first Saturday of the month at 21.30 p.m.

Massimo Bottura


In the first episode, Massimo Bottura already traveled to London. The northern Italian chef holds three Michelin stars and likes to combine traditional Italian cuisine with inspiration from contemporary art. CNN vs. via, the Michelin-starred chef explains, "Cooking is all about emotions, love and memories".
During his London trip, Bottura explores the British capital's art scene and visits the famous restaurant St. John to meet there the famous chef Fergus Henderson. On the show, Henderson explains his 'nose to tail' concept, which he described as, "Use all parts of the animal if it is already dying for you. It's a question of politeness".
Plus, the two chefs visited the Smithfield Meat Market together and cook Henderson's legendary dish Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley. Inspired by Fergus Henderson's new techniques, Massimo Bottura travels back to his native Modena to incorporate the knowledge he gained in London into the regional dish Passatelli in meat broth.

Dominique Crenn


In the April issue the CNN team accompanied the French star chef Dominique Crenn from San Francisco to San Sebastian. In 1997, Crenn made history by becoming Indonesia's first female chef to lead the kitchen at the InterContinental Hotel in Jakarta. Crenn is also the only woman in the U.S. to hold two Michelin stars. One of the chef's trademarks is her calmness in the busy kitchen, as she leads her team – quite uncharacteristically in the restaurant industry – without raising her voice.
For 'Culinary Journeys,' Dominique Crenn let her taste buds roam Basque gastronomy. Crenn's Spain trip began in Chacoli de Guetaria, a coastal region of the Basque Country where the mountain ranges extend to the Atlantic coastline. Here the native grape varieties Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza are cultivated on steep slopes. They produce the young, sparkling Txakoli – a white wine that is now served throughout Spain as the perfect accompaniment to fish, shellfish and various tapas. Dominique Crenn met Mikel Txueka, owner of Txomin Etxaniz Winery, the largest winery in the region.
Elena Arzak, considered one of the best chefs in the world, runs the three-star Arzak restaurant with her father, Juan Mari Arzak. Crenn visited Arzak in San Sebastian, where she learns the nuances of Basque cuisine. Together they cook marmitako, a Basque tuna and potato stew. Inspired by Elena Arzak's cooking, Dominique Crenn traveled back to San Francisco to apply the knowledge she acquired in Spain. "On the one hand, I want to recreate marmitako, and on the other, I want to put my own twist on this dish," Crenn explains.