willy trullas el willyIf you live in Shanghai, or have visited often, there is no doubt you have heard of Willy and his popular Spanish tapas restaurant El Willy. Formerly located in the French Concession in an old villa, but now on the glamorous Bund waterfront strand, El Willy is a warm and welcoming place (just like Willy). It’s also very well recognised, having  won numerous accolades in local Shanghai media and is also listed in the top 100 Restaurants in the Miele Guide.

el willy gazpacho recipeIf you have been to El Willy, you have no doubt seen Willy himself. He moves from kitchen to dining room, bringing his infectious energy, impish smile and laughter to all he comes in contact with. But while Willy keeps it light and free and easy, he is no lightweight. Willy’s distinguished background in Michelin-starred restaurants and even training at the infamous El Bulli very clearly sets him apart in Shanghai.

In one of my most recent conversations, I asked Willy what he has been making at home lately Willy said he favours simple dishes that highlight the ingredients, such as ceviche, simple pasta and gazpacho in the summer. Being a gazpacho addict, I couldn’t resist asking for Willy’s recipe and he gladly shared it. Now for you to try at home and enjoy, Willy’s gazpacho recipe.

About Joanna Hutchins

Joanna Hutchins is a culinary travel blogger based in Shanghai, China.. In 2009, Joanna founded Accidental Epicurean, a culinary travel blog focused on Asia. Joanna is also a contributor to CNNGo, Look East magazine, SE Asia Globe and Two magazine.

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16 October 2014

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