If the Cadillac Lyriq was edible, what would it taste like?
Cadillac asked two Michelin-star chefs in Los Angeles to figure that out. Niki Nakayama, chef-owner of N/Naka, and Jordan Kahn, chef-owner of Vespertine, prepared a five-course dinner for 150 guests inspired by the upcoming electric crossover.
"There's definitely a parallel between the way you experience food and a vehicle," said Nakayama. "It is a very immersive experience."
For one of the courses, Kahn said he wanted to create a dish that actually glowed, like the headlamps and interior of the Lyriq. He and Nakayama made a luminescence of melon, kohlrabi, black carrot and horseradish. For another course, the chefs prepared a fractal of almonds and tomato. They were focused on the way the Lyriq propels itself, influenced by its wheels and other circular features.
In Japanese cooking, round shapes, often used around New Year's Day, represent the future, Nakayama said.
They also made spruce, atemoya and Douglas fir sorbet. "We really wanted to highlight that the Lyriq is an electric vehicle," Nakayama said. "We wanted to use ingredients that actually has a physical sensation on your tongue."