As the year began so did the Galvin brothers' Dishes of the Decade campaign, a twelve month menu celebrating some of the most popular dishes in the ten year history of Bistrot de Luxe. January's dishes put two signature classics – the Dorset crab lasagne and exquisite Apple tarte tatin – under the spotlight, which were then followed by a number of rustic French recipes throughout the year.
Festival season began early for foodies with Obsession 2015 at Northcote Manor. Running for a whopping fifteen nights (previous years had never topped ten), it was an exciting programme of guest dinners, one-off collaborations and multi-Michelin quality revelry from the likes of Brett Graham, Phil Howard, Angela Hartnett and Tsuyoshi Marakami.
Graham Hornigold joined the site in February, providing a number of beautiful desserts and eye-catching macarons just in time for Valentine's Day. As executive pastry chef of the Hakkasan Group some of his dishes, such as the Raspberry and chocolate delice and the Sheep's yoghurt mousse with pandan sponge, might look more like works of art than desserts, but we hoped at least his Love Heart macarons might've been enjoyed at a few romantic dinners across the country.
In late February a wealth of culinary talent joined together in the name of charity for Who's Cooking Dinner? to raise money for leukemia research. Founded by Peter Gordon and Chris Corbin, two experts in their field whose lives had in some way been touched by the illness, the yearly event sees twenty top chefs each preparing a sumptuous feast for ten diners – in the same kitchen! This year the lineup included Claude Bosi (Hibiscus), Tong Chee Hwee (Hakkasan), Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Marcus Wareing (Marcus), Jason Atherton and Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse). We were able to squeeze into the kitchen alongside them to capture all the behind the scenes excitement.