To Pierre Gagnaire, modernity means an understanding of the past. “If you don’t know your history, you are nothing,” the enigmatic chef tells CR. “You must be open to the world. Above all, it’s very important to concentrate on your work; on your identity.” The occasion could not be more appropriate. At a noisy, nautically-themed hotel café in sunny South Beach, the thrice Michelin-starred celebrity of the cuisine world is discussing our previous—and long—night in which he furnished a stunning seven course meal for Perrier-Jouët’s Banquet of Nature.
Timed with the start of Design Miami 2019, the evening was the culmination of the 200-year-old champagne house’s Artisans of the Wild series, a cultural community of sorts where the sensory intersects the aesthetic. At the bustling Faena Hotel the night prior to the fair’s opening, this took the form of an elaborate dinner party with creative forces from all around the world lending their talents. Gagnaire, most famous for his eponymous restaurant in Paris as well as London’s Sketch and Pierre in Hong Kong—kitchens known for their new age takes on classics from the past—translated his thoughts and feelings of Miami into a sea-based menu ripe with discovery and flavor. (“When you are an artist, you have the capacity to catch the energy of the city you’re in. The way I cook in Miami is different than how I cook in Paris or Las Vegas, and when you’re here, the clothes, the weather, the way you want to move—it’s all very fun,” he explains.”) With the city in mind, the chef’s Miami menu was created alongside Hervé Deschamps, who, after nearly four decades at Perrier-Jouët, is retiring at the end of this year. The collaboration for the mastercellar was bittersweet to say the least.
Also at the center of the evening was the artist Andrea Mancuso, who designed Art Nouveau glasswear for the banquet and whose curved and vibrant ceramics formed cavernous walls for the Perrier-Jouët’s Design Miami exhibition. The immersive installation follows the artist’s practice of using simple objects from the everyday to create wonderment and will travel the globe for 2020, visiting key cities to further the conversation between craft and the cutting edge.
Along with friend of CR Winnie Harlow and choreographer Blanca Li, the unique group represents all the different roads of the artistic journey. In Gagnaire’s case—with each restaurant under his umbrella unlike any other—the sense individualism is all too familiar. “I’m like a musician in a jazz band,” the 69-year-old chef says. “Each meal is always the same song, I just play it differently.”END
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