Chefs in Residence: Israel
As a gastronomic society for the advancement of the culinary arts PLAZA DEL TORO is, first and foremost, a place for chefs to study and play. To that end we are inviting chefs to take over our kitchen and work with our teams to create unique culinary experiences in a series of events.
Our January 2017 Chef in Residence series features four Israeli dinner events with three renowned chefs from Tel Aviv at PLAZA DEL TORO, Shalom Y’all, and Mediterranean Exploration Company. Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv will prepare a Moroccan-influenced feast at PLAZA DEL TORO on January 20th, offer dishes on Shalom Y’all and MEC’s dinner menus, and cook a collaborative Yemenite-influenced dinner with Toro Bravo Inc’s John Gorham and MEC/Shalom Y’all’s Kasey Mills on January 27th. Please find event and chef details below.
Chefs in Residence: Israel Events
Chefs in Residence: Israel Dinner
Friday, January 20
Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv will prepare a seated Moroccan-influenced feast at PLAZA DEL TORO alongside Toro Bravo Inc’s John Gorham and Mediterranean Exploration Company’s Kasey Mills. Pairing available. Full bar and wine list available for purchase.
6pm | $90 | PLAZA DEL TORO | 105 SE Taylor
Chefs in Residence: Israel at MEC
Monday January 23
Israeli Chefs in Residence Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv will offer special dishes on the dinner menu at John Gorham and Kasey Mill's Mediterranean Exploration Company restaurant.
5pm-close | Open to the Public | Mediterranean Exploration Company | 333 NW 13th
Chefs in Residence: Israel at Shalom Y’all
Wednesday, January 25
Israeli Chefs in Residence Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv will offer special dishes on the menu at John Gorham and Kasey Mill's Israeli Street Food restaurant, Shalom Y’all. Meet the chefs from 2:30-5:30pm during Happy Hour!
11am-close | Open to the Public | Shalom Y’all in the Pine Street Market | 126 SW 2nd
Chefs in Residence: Israel | Yemenite Collaboration Dinner with John Gorham and Kasey Mills
Friday, January 27
Yaron Amar of Shila, Adam Barzilay of Shile Restaurant Group, and Ron Gibori of Jeremiah in Tel Aviv will prepare a seated Yemenite-influenced feast at PLAZA DEL TORO in collaboration with Toro Bravo Inc’s John Gorham and Mediterranean Exploration Company’s Kasey Mills. Pairing available. Full bar and wine list available for purchase.
6pm | $90 | PLAZA DEL TORO | 105 SE Taylor
ABOUT THE CHEFS
Adam Barzilay studied at the culinary school in Israel and worked as a pastry chef at some of the leading restaurants there, including Toto, and Herbert Samuel at the Ritz Carlton in Tel Aviv. He honed his skills staging in the Provence region of France, in a Michelin star country restaurant, and attending a Chocolatier school. Currently, Adam is the head Pastry chef for the Shile Restaurant Group, which encompass some of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv: Shila, Café Europa, Shipudey Europa, Europa Gelatery, and Florentine house. Adam’s family is originally from Yemen, and he grew up savoring all the traditional Jewish-Yemenite foods, such as Jahnun, Mala’uah, Kubana, and Ox-tail soup.
Yaron Amar studied at the culinary school in Israel, staged in Italy and at the 3 Michelin stars Lameloise in Bourgogne. Worked at some of the leading Israeli restaurants including Roshfeld and Roshfeld Bistro in Tel Aviv where he eventually became the head chef. Currently, Yaron is the Chef de Cuisine at Shila, the leading Israeli seafood restaurant in Tel Aviv, and part of the same Shile Restaurant Group where Adam Barzilay is working. Besides Israeli cuisine, Yaron has specialized in butchery and French and Italian cuisines. He is passionate about the Moroccan cuisine of his family roots. Growing up, he was inspired by his hardworking Mom, cooking some divine traditional signature dishes such as couscous, and fish in spicy sauce. And his dad helping at times with his own Moroccan specialties, such as his delicous Matbu’ha.
Ron Gibori is the nephew of Toro Bravo Inc business partner Ron Avni and has been our main Israeli restaurant coordinator during our own chefs’ visits in Israel. Gibori opened his own restaurant, Jeremiah, in Tel Aviv at the exact same month in which we opened our first restaurant, Toro Bravo. (He sold Jeremiah two years ago.) Ron studied at the culinary school in Israel, won top sommelier at Israel's wine expo, and worked at some of the leading restaurants in Israel, such as Roshfeld, Catit and Seatara, either as a front of house manager or as general manager. Gibori grew up in Vered HaGalil, the charming guest ranch that was founded by his grandfather, Yehuda Avni, and has been a source of inspiration for some of the dishes and themes at both Mediterranean Exploration Company and at Shalom Y’All.
THE PORTLAND MEAT COLLECTIVE
The Portland Meat Collective is a one-of-a-kind meat school and community resource that offers hands-on classes in slaughter, butchery, meat cookery, and charcuterie. As a gastronomic society for the advancement of the culinary arts, PLAZA DEL TORO is proud to host PMC founder Camas Davis as a permanent Chef in Residence. The first round of PMC classes at Plaza are scheduled in January and February of 2017.
PAST CHEFS IN RESIDENCE
PASCAL SAUTON | FRANCE
We welcomed the renowned Chef Pascal Sauton as our second Chef in Residence. Pascal is a close friend to our restaurants - he even married John and Renee! He returned from retirement in France to cook at two PLAZA DEL TORO events. The first was a special dinner in remembrance of Pascal's downtown Portland institution, Carafe Bistro. Then Pascal squared off against St. Jack's Aaron Barnett at our 19th edition of VERSUS.
JUANJO CANALS | SPAIN
Our first Chef in Residence was Juanjo Canals, chef/owner of Con Amor in Madrid, Spain. He joined us to cook a series of La Ruta del Toro events bridging the cultures of Spain and Portland through food and entertainment.