The Manresa/L’Arpege dinner was an instantly sold-out event – possibly the two best chefs on each side of the Atlantic teaming up for a rock-star culinary event. The relationship was sparked a year ago when David Kinch and Alain Passard cooked together. They bonded over their passion for ingredients; a passion so intense that it drove Passard to create his own garden in the 90s. If that sounds familiar, it is undoubtedly the model Kinch followed when he began working with Love Apple Farm 2 years ago. Both would argue, and I would completely agree, great cuisine must start with superior ingredients.
I am very late to the party with this review. Many have commented on the dinner but no one has compared this meal to a typical Manresa or L’Arpege meal. Given that I’ve eaten at Manresa many times last year, and L’Arpege 4x over the past year, I hope my review gives a different perspective.