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There are a lot of cultural clashes throughout the world but four young chefs are proving that food is something that unites us. Meet four friends (two couples) who are from different places in the world - Gil Elad (Israel), Ayako Ota (Japan), Laura Eyrin (New Caledonia) and Arnaud Lahaut (France/Vietnam) - who work in synergy to create amazing flavors. Miles Restaurant Ayako Ota, Gil Ehad, Arnaud Lahaut (Laura Eyrin not pictured) These four chefs, who are all in their thirties, met at culinary school in Paris. After going separate ways and working in fine dining kitchens around the world, they came to Bordeaux to open their own restaurant, Miles. The name refers to the international unit of length.....which also ties back to their international roots. 
The image in my head of Bordeaux was stuffy, snooty and uptight. I would think of the cost of First Growth Bordeaux and the pretense of collectors I have met over the years. But, when I stepped foot in Bordeaux, it was not at all what I expected. Bordeaux Bordeaux is a vibrant, exciting city thanks to their long-standing center-right mayor (and former prime minister) Alain Juppé who started a massive regeneration program in 1995. He opened up the riverfront, made the city center pedestrian friendly, cleaned up the old buildings and installed a hi-tech tram system. Today Bordeaux is not only the largest urban world heritage site but has been ranked as France's second favorite city after Paris.