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News bites: April

News bites: April

by Great British Chefs 31 March 2016

Our food news round-up looks at all the exciting things happening this month in the world of food and drink.

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Cooking companions

Long gone are the days of chefs guarding their culinary secrets with their lives. We’re living in the age of gastronomic collaborations, where the country’s top cooks are happy to team up and create beautiful food together. This swapping of ideas, ingredients and techniques has helped give birth to new dishes, restaurant concepts and events – one of which is Alyn Williams’ CHEFStock.

This four-night mini-festival sees Michelin-starred chefs from all over Europe come to Alyn Williams at The Westbury in Mayfair to create a series of one-off tasting menus every Tuesday throughout April. Taking part are Nigel Haworth of Northcote, Marc Wilkinson of Fraiche, Sasu Laukkonen from Helsinki and Riccardo Camanini of Italy’s Lido 84. We caught up with Alyn to see what it’s like working with new chefs.

Walk with us

Continuing with the trend for collaborations, we were lucky enough to attend the first dinner hosted by uber-cool chef collective Gelinaz! in March, which saw fourteen award-winning chefs split into pairs to create an incredible one-off sixteen-course dinner. There were some very experimental dishes, ranging from mutton testicles to rennet granita – take a closer look at the entire night and learn more about the group’s future events.

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All aboard

We all know cruise ships offer amazing cuisine at sea, but a warship from the Second World War? While the HMS Belfast won’t be taking to open waters anytime soon, it does now have one of Tom Aikens’ popular Tom’s Kitchen delis and bars right next to it on the quayside. Serving artisan sandwiches, salads, cakes and pastries alongside coffee, tea, beer, wine and spirits, it also has a rooftop bar for those wanting to enjoy a cocktail next to one of the UK’s most iconic ships.

Final round

The remaining six contenders for the 2016 Roux Scholarship will be battling it out on 4 April in the national final at Westminster Kingsway College in London. Previous winners include Mark Birchall, Simon Hulstone and André Garrett, who all cite the award as a massive boost to their careers. The final challenge, in true MasterChef style, sees the chefs given the recipe and ingredients for either a classic or modern dish and three hours to cook for the judges.

Counter culture

Robin Gill has been almost single-handedly turning Clapham into a foodie hotspot ever since his first restaurant The Dairy opened in 2013. As well as The Manor, his other restaurant round the corner is headed up by head chef Dean Parker. He’s run The Deli – selling a small selection of artisan foods – for the past few years. However, that’s all set to change as it’s refurbished into a tapas-style bar called Counter Culture. It’ll be serving all sorts of ferments, pickles, cures and more from The Dairy’s kitchen and it’s BYOB, so you can bring your favourite tipple along with you.

Greedy gourmets

 

Upmarket fast food is nothing new, but the new offering available at the bar in Galvin at Windows on Hilton Park Lane has given everyone all the more reason to stop off there for a drink or two. Burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken, chips and doughnuts are served with the venue’s famous cocktails and wines, with fantastic views of Hyde Park.

Latin American delights

Saturday 16 April sees two of London’s top restaurants combine forces to create an incredible menu of Peruvian, Japanese and Brazilian-inspired cuisine. Lima London’s Robert Ortiz and Virgilio Martinez from Lima, Peru (the fourth best restaurant in the world) will be hosted by Claudio Cardoso and Andreas Bollanos at Sushisamba at the top of the Heron Tower.

A good grilling

Cliveden House oozes luxury and head chef André Garrett is known for his incredible menus in the hotel’s main dining hall. But 8 April sees the launch of a new, more informal affair in the decadent grounds – Astor Grill will be situated in the former Duke of Westminster’s old stables and a gilded clock tower, serving up classic British and American dishes throughout the day.

 
 

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