Crab salad from the Elephant restaurant in England Crab salad from the Elephant restaurant in England Dishes like this crab salad from Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor at The Elephant in England, will be on offer during the Round Tables festival in Israel in November. (Photo: The Elephant)

Look who's coming to dinner: the best chefs in the world

A Who's Who of culinary stardom is descending on Israel in November, and we're already hungry.

It's a feast fit for a foodie. Dozens of acclaimed chefs from 11 countries – Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, Peru, Mexico, England, the U.S., Italy and Scotland – are converging on 14 restaurants in Israel for a massive – and massively appetizing – international food festival.

It's called Round Tables, and it's happening in November at 14 restaurants – 13 in Tel Aviv, one in Jerusalem. And if you're one of the lucky foodies attending the third annual festival, you'll have the chance to pick from a handful of tasting menus offered over a three-week period.

Oh, and if you weren't convinced yet of the prestige and culinary excellence of this festival, take note: Of the participating chefs, six have one Michelin star, while two have two Michelin stars.

tortellini from Il Desco restaurant in ItalyFestival attendees can expect dishes like this tortellini from Il Desco in Italy to appear on the tasting menu at Round Tables. (Photo: Il Desco)

Among the participants: Andreu Genestra Garcia, chef of the restaurant that bears his name in Mallorca, Spain, known for local produce, meticulous preparation and authentic Spanish flavor; Jason Atherton of Little Social in the heart of London, which bills itself as a "disruptive Parisian bistro"; Andy Ricker, a legend on the Thai food scene who owns Pok Pok (several locations in the U.S.) and won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest; and Sang Hoon Degeimbre of Belgian-Korean gastropub L'air du Temps in Belgium, home to such specialties as purple duck and geranium lobster. (OK now we're curious!)

Andreu Genestra is a Michelin-starred chef from Spain known for incorporating fresh, locally grown produce into the dishes at his eponymous restaurant. Andreu Genestra is a Michelin-starred chef from Spain known for incorporating fresh, locally grown produce into the dishes at his eponymous restaurant. (Photo: Andreu Genestra)

Each chef will essentially take over the kitchen at a predetermined host restaurant in Israel, delighting diners with their unique styles and offbeat pairings. Those restaurants include Coffee Bar, Nithan Thai, Pastel, Chloelys, Quattro, Hotel Montefiore, the Blue Rooster, Ya Pan, Garrigue, Ciccheti, Jonathan Food Club, Thai at Har Sinai and Hayarkon 99 at the Dan Hotel, all in Tel Aviv; and Mona in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the esteemed chefs are busy trying out their signature dishes to serve at the event, hoping to wow a whole new crop of hungry diners:

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"Tel Aviv's food scene reflects a convergence of deep culinary traditions made current by Israel's passion for the new and the different," Tel Aviv food writer Ashley Rindsberg told From The Grapevine. "It's great that Israeli chefs and restaurateurs have this opportunity to share their cooking with the world and learn about what's happening in kitchens abroad."

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