Stellar lineup for this year’s Who’s Cooking Dinner?

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‘The most extraordinary culinary event of the year’, Who’s Cooking Dinner? returns this March and we’re super excited to work on this prestigious night again.

The events sees 20 of the UK’s most celebrated chefs share the kitchen for one evening’s service at Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane. On Monday 6th March 200 lucky diners will relish an exclusive evening of unforgettable dishes from world-class culinary talent, with the event raising vital funds for research and treatment into leukaemia and blood cancers.

With an impressive collection of 15 Michelin stars between them 2017’s chef line-up includes: Ruth Rogers MBE (The River Café), Tom Kerridge (The Hand and Flowers), Adam Byatt (Trinity), Hélène Darroze (Hélène Darroze at The Connaught), Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), José Pizarro (Pizarro), Bjoern Weissgerber (Sexy Fish) James Lowe (Lyle’s), Francesco Mazzei (Sartoria), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Ashley Palmer-Watts (Dinner by Heston Blumenthal), Mark Hix MBE (HIX), Peter Gordon (The Providores), Rainer Becker (Zuma), Angela Hartnett with Neil Borthwick (Murano, Merchants Tavern), Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Giorgio Locatelli (Locanda Locatelli), Tim Hughes (Scott’s), Hideki Hiwatashi (Sake no Hana) and Tong Chee Hwee (HKK).

A concept created by chef Peter Gordon in 1998, the annual ‘Who’s Cooking Dinner?’ evening is one of the city’s most celebrated dining occasions.

www.whoscookingdinner.com

An Indulgent Afternoon at Chewton Glen

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Last weekend we made a special trip to the New Forest for a Shy PR afternoon getaway to the wonderful Chewton Glen. It’s a firm favourite among the team… to put it simply, its proper lush.

Chewton Glen is the perfect country getaway, it’s not far from London and it’s the very epitome of luxury – its luxury incarnate. The service is unquestionably second to none. It’s perfect for busy Londoners who are in need of much deserved pampering.

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Situated in New Milton, Hampshire, Chewton Glen has something for everyone… a swimming pool, luxury spa, tennis courts, 130 acres of grounds to wander around, and it’s only a 15 minute walk to the beach (can be accessed through the grounds of the hotel).

When we arrived the only thing on our minds of course was food, so we headed straight to ‘The Dining Room’ for Afternoon Tea with a glass of Taittinger Champagne.

Our Afternoon Tea comprised of Scottish smoked salmon, rare roast beef and horseradish, Somerset brie and pear chutney and Flambards egg and cress sandwiches. With warm home-made scones, clotted cream and jam and a tasty selection of cakes – our fave by far was the macaroon!

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After all that food we were stuffed and wanted to walk if off – well at least some of it. We took a leisurely stroll to discover all the little secret corners of Chewton Glen. The grounds are stunning and so peaceful. We got so lost in its beauty we almost forgot we had to head back to London.

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Chewton Glen is the ideal place to surprise a loved one for a romantic weekend, or treat mum to an indulgent Afternoon Tea. Whoever you take it’s guaranteed to get you major brownie points. Chewton Glen is truly a special place and it’s why it’s always top of our list when we need to escape London.

www.chewtonglen.com

REVIEW: The Fitzrovia Collective

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It feels like such a long time ago now but I lived in Fitzrovia from 2005 – 2010. I lived in a wonderful flat just off Goodge Street. Back then the food scene was limited to only a few good restaurants. I spent most of my time drinking in Charlotte Street Hotel (oh how I miss those days) and dining at Fino (now sadly closed).

For special occasions I would head to Pied à Terre or Roka. I’d often meet friends in Soho or Mayfair for meals out. Now the area has completely transformed, it’s bursting with amazing restaurants – I regret ever leaving!

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When I heard that chefs Jun Tanaka (The Ninth), Ben Tish (Salt Yard) and Allan Pickett (Piquet) were collaborating for a special event: ‘The Fitzrovia Collective’ I knew it was a night I couldn’t miss.

Plus I recently visited The Ninth and was totally blown away by the skill in the kitchen – so knew this event would be a winner.

‘The Fitzrovia Collective’ is a series of one-night-only dinners offering a six-course tasting menu with the option of wine pairing.

The evening began with a wonderfully crisp Lampo Prosecco served with House bread sticks with anchovy and crème fraiche mousse (Piquet). Followed was Salt Yard’s delicious Pinchos of slow cooked Dorset snail, Iberico pancetta and potato – the Iberico had just the right amount of fat.

Our favourite of the night was the Flamed mackerel, pickled cucumber and sea pursiane cooked by The Ninth.

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Up next was Piquet’s heavenly Roast seabass with yeasted cauliflower purée and mushroom persillade.

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To finish was The Ninth’s Tart Tatin – it was an absolute thing of beauty! The pastry was light just how it should be and the caramalised apples – just wow. It was served with rosemary ice cream, a first for me but it didn’t disappoint.

I left the restaurant happy and content my only regret of the evening was that I was no longer a of resident of this blooming neighbourhood.

Jar Kitchen’s Supper Club Series – Menus

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In our last post we announced that Jar Kitchen will be teaming up with their suppliers to launch an exciting Supper Club series – LAND. AIR. FIRE. EARTH. SEA:

  • LAND: 6 June – Meat
  • FIRE: 4 July – BBQ, Grilling and Smoking
  • AIR: 1 August – Game
  • SEA: 5 September – Seafood
  • EARTH: 3 October – Vegetables

We now have full menus for each supper club, which we’re sure you’ll agree with us that this is definitely not one to miss..

LAND – PIG (WALTER ROSE)

Nibbles: Crisp pig ears with smoked mayo; Lardo croutons
Pig terrine (trotter and jowl), house made pickles and crisp quails egg
Braised pig cheeks with smoked pomme purée, cider apple fondant, sage jus
Chocolate ganache, hazelnut, piggy popcorn, fior di latte

SEA – FISH (CAPITAL SEAFOOD)

Nibbles: House made taramasalata served with seasonal vegetables; Colchester oysters
Charred octopus, grapefruit, coriander, chilli
Roasted turbot, lemon verbena, beurre noisette, cauliflower purée
Set lemon cream with raspberry and lavender shortbread

AIR – GAME / POULTRY (CANON & CANON)

Nibbles: Game based charcuterie from Canon and Canon
Mixed game terrine, house made pickles, sourdough
Pheasant, toasted sourdough purée, burnt onion, blackberry game jus
Cherry & Chocolate: cherry mousse, dark chocolate soil, milk chocolate ice cream

FIRE – BBQ / SMOKE / GRILL (TBC)

Nibbles: smoked nuts; Cured meats (smoked)
Hot smoked and cured trout, pickled beetroot, house made rye bread with herb butter
Lamb – smoked belly, cutlet, devilled kidney with wholegrain mustard jus, smoked butter potatoes, and corn on the cob
Smoked Jar Kitchen yoghurt panna cotta and grilled pear

EARTH – VEGGIE (TBC)

Nibbles: Secretts Farm baby vegetables; Baba ghanoush; Flatbreads; Dukkah
Roast potimarron, cobnuts, honey and goat curd
Griddled baby vegetables (fennel, leek, courgette) white onion purée, gremolata, vinaigrette
Cauliflower, romanesco, gubbeen, sourdough crumb
Strawberries & Cream: strawberry mouse, strawberry gel, langues de chat, milk jelly

Tickets cost £50, to book call 020 7405 4255.

www.jarkitchen.com

 

Dish of the Week

This week we pay homage to a dish that we (literally) can’t stop dreaming about…

The Shy PR team recently visited the newly opened Galley in Angel. Our  meal was superb – truly sensational. But one dish that really stood out was their ‘Ham Hock & Smoked Mozzarella Croquettes’. We may be a little biased as we’re croquette obsessives here, but this was truly melt in the mouth. It had just the right amount of texture on the outside and was meltingly soft on the inside – heaven!

If only we could get them to deliver to Brixton our Friday would be complete.

www.galleylondon.co.uk