03.12.2011 07.Kislev. 5772 Wajeze
At J’lem’s Notre Dame Center, chef Rodrigo Gonzalez-Elias has created a divine experience at La Rotisserie.
Chef Rodrigo Gonzalez-Elias is no stranger to religion. The American-born, Spanishraised chef arrived at the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center in December of 2008 after being selected to oversee a renovation of the La Rotisserie restaurant and the preparation of a completely new menu for the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in March. The pope and his entourage dined at the Pontifical Institute’s restaurant during their stay in the city. Prior to arriving in Jerusalem, Gonzalez- Elias was chef at the Real Café Bernabéu located at one of soccer’s holiest sites, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of the Real Madrid Stadium.
Gonzalez-Elias laughs when I suggest that he has swapped one temple of faith for another. While he says that he has fallen in love with Jerusalem and its markets, he adds that the religious fervor at the Santiago Bernabéu is more palpable than in the Holy City….