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Ani Phyo @ Test Kitchen LA

Photos: Ani Phyo “Gastrawnomique” Modern Raw Vegan Tasting

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Where else can you accommodate such an experience?

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

At Test Kitchen LA!

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Test Kitchen awaits the fully booked night.

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

To start, Smoked Anaheim Chili (cacao mole / avocado / chipotle cucumber / kalahari salt / omega chips), my favorite dish of the night!

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Lapsang Souschong Wild Mushroom (fresh corn polenta / hemp maqui berry / kale chip / english pea dust).

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Fauxlafel (lemon mousseline / cilantro gelee / red earth acai / yuzu garden).

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Truffle Flan (black sesame tuile / calamata / pomegranate / golden & goji berries).

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Molten Cookie Dough (lucuma yacon gelato / tart cherry / persimmon gastrique).

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Pumpkin Gelee (strawberry leather / candied rosemary & cacao nibs / sweet corn / mango shards).

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Julian Cox was mixing the drinks of the night to match with the vegan dishes.

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Ani Phyo and special guest chef assisting her was Alex Reznik.

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

This was a special night, they made cranes!

Ani Phyo Gastrawnomique Test Kitchen LA

Ani has some great behind the scenes staff that helped the whole entire 2 nights go by smoothly.

Photographer’s Notes:

 

Camera Used:

  • Nikon D700

Lens Used:

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4

As in any environment where there is very little ambient light, you will need a fast lens. In this case the nifty fifty came along for the ride. ISO 3200 and f/1.4 made it possible to capture all the visually stimulating food that Ani and her team came up with. Eating the food was just as fun as taking the pictures!

Ani is a prominent expert in the raw food community and has developed raw vegan menus for Carnival Cruise Lines, ADIDAS, STOMP, and Whole Foods Markets, among others. While a consultant for the ADIDAS Fitness Center, Ani drew upon her experience as a former high school athlete and her thorough knowledge of nutrition, to show the ADIDAS athletes how “fueling up” with raw nutrition aides in optimal performance.

Many thanks to the great chef, her staff, and the staff of Test Kitchen LA for making this a wonderful experience!

Location Details:

Test Kitchen LA

(310) 277-0133

9575 W. Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca 90035

testkitchenla.com

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