Raíces comes from the Spanish word for “roots”, and so Cooking Beats presents Raíces began with the idea to host guest chefs from a variety of cultural backgrounds to bring guests on a journey through dishes that are inspired by their various hometowns.

With the desire to create an immersive experience for our guests at Kilo Kallang, we kicked off the inaugural Cooking Beats Raíces session back in February, with a gastronomic Puerto Rican feast by our co-founders Javier Perez and Joshua Adjodha. Here, we take a look back at our past seven sessions, and the unforgettable memories that have been made.

Apart from our founders, we also got Gisela Golding (executive chef of Grain Traders), Mario Malváez (owner of Tono Cevicheria), Yohans Gozal (executive chef of Kilo Bali), Tim Ross-Watson (former owner and executive chef of Pyxiemoss), Oliver Hyde (executive chef of Maggie Joan’s) and Jordi Noguera (executive chef of FOC restaurant), who all took to our Kilo Kallang kitchen to deliver unforgettable evenings with influences drawn from Indonesia, Mexico and Spain, just to name a few.

Going beyond the food that was presented for each night, the experience of each guest could also be seen and felt through the chef’s specially-curated playlist, and extended to the decoration of our space and the design of the menus and posters.

Take a listen to the tunes that accompanied Gisela’s Venezuelan cuisine during her session in March.

The illustrations seen on our Cooking Beats menu and posters are inspired by the cuisine of each chef, with the ingredients from the menu intertwined into one another to form a unique and organic composition.

Decorations inspired by the background and interests of the guest chef.

We’re preparing for a very special Halloween-themed dinner next month, with Tim Ross-Watson, one of our previous guest chefs for #KiloCookingBeats—Raíces and former owner and executive chef of Pyxiemoss. When asked about his experience during his Cooking Beats session back in June, Tim tells us that he had a blast from the beginning to the end of the event. “It started from the moment I sat down and discussed about the evening with Joshua, to meeting and cooking with Keith (Head Chef at Kilo Kallang) and the rest of the team,” Tim says. “We had an entire restaurant packed with guests who were there just to have a good time and I couldn’t be more thankful for the smooth service and the positive feedback that we received from our guests.”

“When you get all the elements in the equation right, it all comes together and the joy on everyone’s faces is what makes the long hours of preparation worthwhile,” Tim adds. “This is one of the reasons why I love doing what I do.”

Come join us for an unexpected evening like no other in October; stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details.

View more photos from our past sessions here.