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Founder and chef of Cocina Shoreditch. Cocina (kitchen in Spanish) is a creative space for dinners and events around food, with a focus on South American experimental plant based cuisine. The project is run by food engineering and chef Hernan De Majo, Argentinean, and fashion designer Renata Brenha, Brazilian. We are based in East London on a space that is both a creative studio and a professional kitchen; the fusion of our collaborative practices. Driven by a search for the non-normalised, we wanted to re-invent the restaurant experience with a proposal that was intimate, conscious and personal. We found, researching on pre-colonised recipes and cooking methods from South America, a rich soil to craft a meaningful plant based cuisine. We cook with ingredients under considered like cassava, tamarillo, Cochayuyo, lucuma, tunta, merken, mandioquinha, jambu between others. An essential part of our project is the community that we nurture and develop by collaborating with people who share a similar philosophy, like political artists, astrologists, photojournalists, film directors, eating designers, etc. These collaborations are fundamental to further develop conscious eating and our own vegan practice.
What to expect at Hernan's place
I could not imagine a more lovely evening. Renata and Hernan are consummate hosts who made the night feel like an effortless dinner party among friends. As for the food, I've never eaten vegan cuisine before but found the courses and accompanying wine pairings to be delicious. Clearly a lot of heart and passion went into this evening, and it was evident in every detail of the meal. I can't recommend highly enough.
Fantastic night. Hosts were so warm and welcoming and took the time to explain the story behind the dishes they created. So much precision and love went into each dish and you could really taste the subtlety of flavours and the balance of textures. Delicious and also totally different to what I've had before, which is an extra impressive feat! Loved it
Renata and Hernan were wonderful hosts, the food was creative, tasty, meaningful, and beautifully presented. No one missed meat from the vegan meal. Their home is lovely and stylish, cosy and quiet. We lucked out and had fantastic conversation, and a surprising mix of cultures, which made it even more interesting. Icing on the cake was sharing the mate (special tea) afterwards. Fabulous first GC experience, would highly recommend for foodies or if you are keen to meet some new people.