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Peach gnocchi by Rafa Delgado

Peach gnocchi by Rafa Delgado

Rafa DelgadoIf the concept of sweet cuisine could be personalized in a particular pastry chef, this could well be Rafa Delgado. Perhaps this has to do with his also savory training and his passage through Mugaritz, elBulli, Alkimia or his current activity in Can Jubany. His desserts are fresh and ephemeral, cooked for the client as immediately as possible. He does not manufacture and freeze elements that are then unmolded and placed on a plate in a serialized way, but conceives the dessert as a whole that is cooked, sautéed, plated, and salted as if it were a unique work of art.

There is a controlled anarchy in all of this that leads to a very personal ending, and a game that provokes the reaction of the diner. It’s a chutney that ends up being a mango-toffee-ginger risotto; a peach in syrup that turns into gnocchi, and a rocky panacotta landscape, tomato comfit and balsamic cream, three creations that Rafa Delgado offers us exclusively in these pages. ‘I do not use trendy techniques for personal display if it is not reflected positively on the plate and if they do not respect the product,’ he says.


‘It is like ratcheting up the typical peach in syrup. Cutting the peach by using a potato baller and the nappage in its own juice create a visual effect resembling peach gnocchi. It is the synergy between the sweet and savory worlds both regarding the aesthetics and the techniques.
The combination of peach and tamarind reminds us of the inside of the peach, that part which is in contact with the pit and which has an acidic, earthy flavor.’