Pascal Schmutz Cooks at Brigitte
for FOOD Zurich with Neff
There were so many great events taking place all over the city for FOOD Zurich, but one of the ones that really stood out for me was a lunch at Brigitte Pop Up Restaurant. The chef who was cooking in conjunction with NEFF ovens, was Pascal Schmutz. Pascal is a young Swiss chef who has already been awarded 16 Gault Millau points and it was great to meet and talk to him and to see him in action.
The Brigitte Restaurant was located in Europaallee and remained in situ until 2nd June to coincide with FOOD Zurich and was run by Pascal in conjunction with the actor and restaurateur Heinz Margot. Named in honour of Brigitte Bardot, it was definitely a French inspired vibe and the restaurant was decorated with French inspired art work.
NEFF Ovens at FOOD Zurich
Both the Brigitte Pop Up Restaurant in Europaallee, and the Festival Hub kitchen were all equipped with NEFF ovens for FOOD Zurich. Although they are very well known in the UK, (and I’ve always had them in my kitchens in London), apparently they are not so well known in Switzerland – so it was great to see them in action for this event.
Delicious Food and Wine
After a welcome aperitif, Heinz served us some wonderful wines.
I particularly liked the organic Viognier from Frauenfeld which accompanied the starter. At the open kitchen, we watched at Pascal cooked the first course of a celery mousse with cubes of Alp cheese which was accompanied by an interesting morel crème brûlée with hazelnut. It also came with a puff pastry side with white asparagus, egg yolk crème and truffles.
We then had a delicious papaya salad, with chickpea and mint cakes, melon, tomato and fish. It was all packaged up in what looked like a Chinese takeaway box with chopsticks – and was a very cute idea.
This was followed by a meltingly tender short rib steak, accompanied by a nettle and rhubarb chimichurri, baked potatoes, baby corn and broccolini.
We were served a robust red wine from South Africa, which was a perfect match for the delicately cooked red meat.
We didn’t really need any more food at this stage, but Pascal had prepared a striking Chocolate Banana which went really well with a lovely coffee.
It was great to see Pascal in action and a wonderful addition to the 2019 FOOD Zurich.
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