Published on December 1, 2007
"Humility" is, according to Felipe, the most fundamental quality of a good chef. And, indeed, it takes a lot of it to keep one's head cool under this much pressure: El Chaflan has steadily become one of Madrid's trendiest restaurants, and that in itself is its own challenge.
"But you know, paella is still my favourite dish," he admits readily, although his real dream remains to be able one day to cook "Leonardo's menu", a set of recipes devised by
Da Vinci for Ludovico Esforza. How do you jump from the traditional paella to a legendary course designed by the greatest mind of the Risorgiamento? You need a taste for simplicity combined with true culinary genius. Felipe probably has both.