The 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, the most coveted awards for excellence in the food and restaurant industry, were presented on May 6 in New York City with Washington’s own José Andrés winning honors for Outstanding Chef because of his work at Minibar. An alcove located on the second floor of Café Atlantico, another Andrés restaurant, Minibar is one of DC’s hardest reservations to come by, not only because the 6-seat restaurant has only two seatings per night but also because it treats food as an art in the tradition of elBulli, the groundbreaking restaurant in Roses, Spain, that recently announced it was ceasing operations as a restaurant to become a research institute.
To witness how Chef Andrés is elevating cuisine to modern art, have a look at the below video presentation of a chef at Minibar preparing a dish of Spanish clementines, pumpkin seed oil, and basil. Watch as the clementines are blanched, have their pulp removed, and eventually become vehicles for clementine sorbet. It’s rather shocking the meticulous work that goes into preparing just one dish for the tapas bar.
With the JBFA, Minibar is certain to be more popular than before. So if it tops your dream DC itinerary, considering booking many months in advance.