27 Jan '12, 6pm

World chefs turn to wild plants, traditional recipes

World chefs turn to wild plants, traditional recipes

Madrid, Spain, January 27, 2012 Wild herbs, leaves and even giant ants and tarantulas are in demand by the world's top chefs who are putting a renewed focus on traditional recipes and the use of locally sourced raw ingredients. A number of leading chefs at this week's Madrid Fusion, an annual gastronomy fair that wrapped up Thursday, said they preferred to use primary products on their creations -- and are in some cases even gathering them themselves. Swedish chef Magnus Ek said he gathers leaves, bark and wild herbs each morning from the grounds around his award-winning restaurant, Oaxen Skargardskrog, on the Swedish island of Oaxen, for use in his recipes. "Our cuisine is very natural, most of the ingredients we use either grow or live around us. I try to bring as much nature as I can into the kitchen," he told AFP. His restaurant is part of a Scandinavian gastronomic re...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/article/17140

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