Paul Virant's Gaijin (an Okonomiyaki) Test Kitchen
For most of us, Chef Paul Virant is a household name. But in the slight chance you’re not so familiar, trust us: you’ve seen his face on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, he’s been tagged a Best New Chef by Food & Wine and his buzzy flagship restaurant, Vie, just outside Chicago, earned a Michelin star in 2011. Next up at frame comes an exclusive test-kitchen preview of the super talented chef’s new project, Gaijin, opening later this summer in Chicago’s West Loop. Gaijin will serve okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake, griddled and customizable with everything from cabbage, noodles and veggies, to pork, shrimp, fried eggs and “dancing” bonito flakes, plus lots of tasty toppings. Paul hit upon a perfect marriage of this traditional Osaka soul food, thanks to his wife Jennifer’s influence , who spent a semester studying near Osaka, where she fell in love with Okonomiyaki.
Chicago is about to get a really, really interesting new Japanese street food experience. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that frame gets to taste it first..
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