Westfield Food Tastemaker
I am not a big shopper (can you say StitchFix every week?) but I do love gorgeous spaces that have been smartly designed. Places like the Printemps department store or the Opéra-area Galleries Lafayette. When I visit the Westfield San Francisco Centre it reminds me of these places in my beloved Paris. An aesthetically beautiful shopping spot that just so happens to be extremely functional.
Take a look at the gorgeous ceiling…
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It is literally a feast for the eyes. But more than that it is a foodie paradise! The “food court” is like no other, with really great local restaurants and higher-end franchises, but the restaurants “under the dome” are the real attraction. It calls to me, not only for its beauty, but for its bounty.
So when Westfield selected me as a Westfield Food Tastemaker I was thrilled! For the last couple of weeks, I have secretly teamed up with Westfield San Francisco Centre, the Westfield Labs, and the incredibly talented Tony Wu of M.Y. China to create an exclusive dish that will be featured in a new Westfield food experience.
I can't tell you too much more, check back next week for more details, but I can say that collaborating with the M.Y. China team was a total blast! Tony is not only wonderfully talented (seriously Google him!) who has a huge reputation in China (I got to see photos of him cooking for U.S. Presidents) and a master noodle puller, but I don't think I have ever seen a chef as jovial as he is. Always smiling, loving life and food, I could spend hours with him, but I might bust a gut laughing and I would definitely have more laugh lines on my face.
I can wait to tell you more about the dish we came up with, its origins, and the crazy time we had making test versions!
Check back next week to see the big reveal!
And I am not alone, there are several other foodies who have matched with chefs from other Westfield San Francisco Centre restaurants:
Tara @ Food and Other Things who is working with Straights
Mika @ Food Fashionista who is working with Lark Creek Steak
Melissa @ Savvy In San Francisco who is working with Cupola
Anita @ Dessert First who is working with CocoaBella
Brenda @ Bites and Bourbon who is working with Sorabol
How about you? Have you been to the Westfield San Francisco Centre? Do you have a mall that you have seen on your travels that is super dreamy? Do tell!
So cool!!! I can’t wait to see what you came up with!
I never noticed how beautiful Westfield really is until you mentioned and show photos of it. I love M.Y. China. I went there for a group lunch and the food was delicious and the service was top notch. There was even a gang-nam style noodle dance show! Tony sounds amazing to meet and to work with. What an honor! 🙂 I am looking forward to tasting the dish you created! PS. Your eyeglasses are fantastic and I love them on you.
@Brenda, Tony is a hoot and we had a lot of fun!
When I was little I loved to come to OKC to visit my sister and go to the outdoor mall, Penn Square. It was enclosed in the late 80s or early 90s. I thought it was dreamy – but I was a kid! When I was five, I won a bike from the La Puente Mall in Southern Cal. That mall was awesome. I love your links to other blogs, Andi. It’s so great to see all the different designs as I don’t make it around the INternet very often!
In Odaiba (man-made island across Tokyo Bay from central Tokyo) there’s a kitschy shopping complex called Venus Fort. It’s designed to look like an old European city and it totally reminds me of the Venetian in Vegas.
So fun! Your chef looks like a bundle of energy. I’m excited to meet you and see your dish creation! 🙂
It looks like a great time. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
A tastemaker! Sounds like a delicious time. What an amazing experience. Looks like you had a good time w Tony. Thanks for sharing.