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Chef Alfred Jevnisek Courtesy of Molly Livingstone
Chef Alfred Jevnisek Courtesy of Molly Livingstone
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Tai Chi In The Kitchen With Tel Aviv's Chef Alfred Jevnisek

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Updated: 2 November 2016
When you think of a top chef in a five star restaurant, besides the smell of great food cooking, you think of that high pace, screaming, cursing chaos, just like any number of reality shows out there in TV land. However, at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv, nothing could be farther from the truth. That’s because of the Executive Chef Alfred Jevnisek and his cooking philosophy to practice Tai Chi before entering the kitchen. As soon as you meet Chef Alfred, you can immediately feel the difference from the stereotypical, intense chef and feel Albert’s calming nature and vibe behind the chef hat.

As a member of the the Israeli Chef Circle & WACS (World Association of Chefs), Chef Alfred has participated in several international food competitions representing Israel, but it’s his expertise and special ‘super foods’ menu back at the InterContinental David Tel Aviv that sets him apart in Israel. Alfred’s love of food and cooking while experimenting and developing new dishes led to his passion of creating the concept at the hotel’s restaurant, Aubergine.

Chef Alfred Jevnisek Courtesy of Molly Livingstone
Chef Alfred Jevnisek Courtesy of Molly Livingstone

Mix the passion with pleasure, and you find that the super foods creation is a part of his greater way of celebrating the body and mind. Chef Alfred spends at least an hour of his morning preparing for the kitchen with a Tai Chi session, making him a top chef with a top attitude. On Tuesday mornings he opens up his session to hotel guests, where they can become one with the beautiful Tel Aviv beach, a view from the hotel, or just the pool by their feet. As if the scenery itself wasn’t calming enough, the Tai Chi technique gives you a boost in energy that you will need to eat all the crazy delicious and healthy food coming your way.