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Alejandro Sanchez, one of the youngest Spanish chefs to earn a Michelin star, moved to Hong Kong five months ago and still misses his friends back home.
"Then I thought, why not bring them here for business," the co-owner of SoHo tapas restaurant Mesa 15 says.
So Sanchez invited two fellow Michelin-starred friends to the city to cook up a nine-course tasting menu for local gourmands. The pair are Kisko Garcia from El Choco and Jose Carlos Garcia from Cafe de Paris.
The menu was set to run for only three days, starting from Wednesday, but has been extended until tomorrow due to popular demand.
Each chef prepared a starter, main course and dessert for the menu. Dishes such as hairy crab ravioli, and prawn and sea urchin rice, gave a southern Spanish twist to Asian ingredients. The chefs enjoyed themselves in the kitchen on Wednesday. "We are good friends. It's really a lot of fun," Sanchez says.
He plans to open another restaurant in nearby Lan Kwai Fong in February.
"I know plenty of Spanish tapas bars have been opening up lately and that's why our new restaurant won't do tapas," he says.
Sanchez was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 and cooks dishes inspired by traditional recipes from Andalusia using top-quality seafood.
"The new restaurant will do exactly what I did in Spain," he says.