03 November 2012

Le Mirazur - Chez Dominique's Hans Välimäki

This is Chef Hans Välimäki from Chez Dominique, Helinsinki's famous 3-star Michelin restaurant.  He is guest chef for the evening at Le Mirazur in a collaboration with Chef Mauro Colagreco.

Earlier in the evening he was really busy showing Chef Mauro's team how to prepare his food and of course checking that it was done properly.   Later, perhaps because he'd got used to my pointing a camera in his direction, I'd look up and see him grinning at me.  I really like Chef Hans.  He's a laid-back guy, calm, exudes intelligence and I suspect, if one got to know him, he'd be really funny.


Voici le chef Hans Välimäki de Chez Dominique, célèbre restaurant classé 3 étoiles Michelin à Helsinki. C'est  le  chef invité pour la soirée au restaurant Le Mirazur pour une collaboration avec le chef Mauro Colagreco.

Plus tôt dans la soirée, il était très occupé à expliquer à l'équipe du chef Mauro comment préparer le diner et bien sûr à vérifier que cela soit fait correctement. Par la suite, peut-être parce qu'il s'était habitué à mon appareil photo dirigé vers lui,  je l'ai regardé  et il m'a souri.  J'aime vraiment le Chef Hans. C'est un gars décontracté, calme, respirant l'intelligence et je soupçonne que, si l'on apprenait à le connaître, il serait vraiment drôle.


  1. Nice post Jilly. I think he enjoyed posing for the camera..

  2. Ha! what a fantastic portrait. You've caught the spirit of the man here. Intelligence yes obviously and also, as you mentioned, dedication, commitment, talent, attention to detail and ability to keep cool (the latter being no mean feat in a restaurant kitchen - many chefs are known to throw gigantic tantrums!).

  3. Terrific, Jilly. I love the expression and the way you have composed the photos. Well done!

  4. Yes, a fantastic portrait!! When I think that I have been to Helsinki hundreds of times - professionally -and never got to this restaurant! Maybe its reputation is more recent!

    Your whole series of photos is really excellent!


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