Meet chefs Dominique Krenn and Christophe, both trained in Paris. Les Bacchanales
and Atelier Crenn
are their coolly conceived restaurants.
Dominique, who won an episode of Iron Chef
, is all about the poetic nature of food. She showed me her fall menu, a poem she had written on her iPhone, which, while it didn't tell you much about the food, made references to the "ecume de mer" and winters spices and proclaimed with vigor, “Fall is here.” Atelier Krenn was recently the site of a toppity-top Louis Vuitton dinner, where Dominique created a different menu for each table of six, and people were seated organized by goals and themes.
Christophe's restaurant Les Baccanales is inspired by the decadence of the Greek god Dionysus, whose seasonal wine-cask opening bacchanals included the rendering of live beasts from limb to limb for food, and days-long orgies. That should give you a hint about Christophe, who after cooking all night went dancing til 6 a.m.