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Behind-the-scenes photos from Chef Massimo Bottura’s $650 South Beach dinner

Massimo Bottura cooked a beef tenderloin dish in Miami Beach with splashes of sauces meant to resemble a Damien Hirst spin-painted canvas. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
Massimo Bottura cooked a beef tenderloin dish in Miami Beach with splashes of sauces meant to resemble a Damien Hirst spin-painted canvas. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.

Chef Massimo Bottura took a short vacation from cooking at his three-Michelin-star, world’s-top-rated Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, this month to prepare a $650-a-person meal in Miami Beach with Chef José Mendín at Mendín’s new Habitat restaurant.

The whimsical menu included highlights like “Beautiful, Psychedelic, Spin-Painted Beef” — an ode to artist Damien Hirst’s spin-painted canvasses — that included milk-marinated tenderloin with flecks of red, orange and yellow from beets, peppers and balsamic vinegar. A Tuscan rice dish was fortified with burnt orange, duck ragu and a Chinese-inspired coriander sauce.

Scroll down for exclusive behind-the-scenes kitchen photographs from the private meal. Click here to see how Bottura reacts to made-in-Miami delicacies like croquetas and pastelitos.

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Massimo Bottura. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
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Massimo Bottura painting his canvas. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
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Jose Mendin invited Massimo Bottura to cook as part of his Mendin & Friends dinner series. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
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Mendin and Massimo. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
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Have tweezers, will travel. Massimo Bottura focuses on the details during his guest-chef dinner at Habitat in South Beach. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
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