As any artist knows, spirit is weaved into everything we create. Songs. Paintings. Clothes. Books. And yes, tonight's dinner. Chef Maximo was an amazing a genuine artist who was in touch with spirit in ways that were mysterious and magical.
Chef Maximo's secret ingredient was his loving and generous energy. If he was stressed, irritated or just not well, he would take a walk, meditate and go back to the kitchen when his head and heart were clear. He demanded that of everyone who walked into his kitchen too. Chef asked them for peace in their heart -- or at minimum -- buena onda, a good vibe. And the result was spectacular!
Tasting his food at -- Rayuela and Macondo-- felt like a culinary tour through Spain and Latin America via the palate. He was formally trained at the French Culinary Institute but his real training he told me started in his grandma's kitchen. He was born with an intuitive gift -- a rare alchemist talent that translated cultures, a people's history through each plate he created. Dominican-born, New York-raised, he belonged to the world.
My book party was an amazing night that I will never forget not just because of the exquisite food, or sweet company, it was the unseen energy that we all felt in our midst -- loving sweet energy and his name was Maximo.
I feel so honored that I was able to taste his art, but even more honored that I was able to meet and be gifted a little of his light.