The Mini Chefs

Who´s cuisine reigns supreme?

Tristan is 8 yrs old, an avid football player, foodie, iron chef in the making, kung-fu fanatic and aspiring pianist.  His passions are shared by his 6 yr old brother Inigo who lives to eat, eat and eat.  When not chewing, the boys love to travel the world and discover new food cultures, languages and friends.

They currently live in Belgium. They love to visit their dad´s hometown Oslo and their mom´s hometowns of Manhattan Beach, CA and Manila, Philippines.  So far, they haven´t encountered a dish they would not eat.

It´s how you roll the dough, light and fluffy does it!

Tristan and Inigo cultivate their passion for food through Iron Chef (Japanese and America), Saturday Kitchen & Master Chef (BBC), Top Chef Masters & Hell´s Kitchen (UK & US edition -although they prefer Pierre Marco White over Ramsey).

Favourite lines:  Yes, chef.  Service.  Garnish.  The secret ingredient is… Enjoy.

Intrepid adventurers at heart, with their toque and aprons on, they are up for any foodie challenge.

The Challenge: To eat and cook through 192 countries.

The Strategy: Start by regions, in order to see the influence among the different cultures and the evolution of cuisine and culture across the globe.  Or as Inigo put it, start with Japan (his fave food country) and everything else follows from there.  So Asia it is!   Marinating can be complicated!

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  The sheer number of countries and our living in Brussels make this an uphill battle.  The last time we tried to celebrate Cinco de Mayo we needed to call the Mexican Embassy to figure out who their caterer was, and meet him at some alley after a mexican foodie run in Aachen, Germany for tomatillos and mais flour for the corn tortillas.

Tristan & Inigo plate their appetizers. Allez cuisine!

With passion and determination behind us, and our stomach grumblings to fuel our focus, we will cook our way around the globe.

4 Responses to “The Mini Chefs”

  1. pierret February 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Hello Isabella,

    Tristan and Inigo are lovely and it looks like they understand what a fantastic mum they have. Your blog is really nice to read and I understand now better the writer talents you have. I understand that this transition period is a real opportunity for you to go to something else … a new story …. Enjoy yourself !

  2. Gabrielle February 15, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Hello les garçons,

    Ce que vous préparez à l’air super bon! J’ai hâte d’ avoir du temps pour cuisiner quelques unes de vos recettes! Dès mon mariage passé, je m’y mets!
    Vivement les prochaines découvertes!

  3. globaltable June 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Hello! What a great project to do with your kids – I’m doing it with a baby, but looking forward to the day she can help 🙂

    I recently found your blog and thought you might enjoy sharing some links to your work with my readers, at my Global Table Cook-Along – every Wednesday is a different country… Here’s the latest – Bhutan .

  4. Nico Abad February 25, 2011 at 12:47 am #

    this is great! i hope maybe i can go belgium and try one of the foods prepared by u guys

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