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Taste of London 2017: what to look out for

Taste of London 2017: what to look out for

by Great British Chefs 16 May 2017

It’s back – forty of London’s top restaurants coming together for five days of flavour-fuelled fun. Here are five of the events we’re looking forward to the most.


From 14–18 June, Regents Park in London will be transformed into a veritable wonderland for any self-confessed foodie. The capital’s top restaurants – and therefore some of the best in the world – will be serving up signature dishes, street food-style to hungry hordes of visitors. Combine that with masterclasses from the world’s best chefs, bars mixing the finest cocktails and a whole host of live entertainment, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the biggest food events of the year.

While every stand at Taste of London will have something tasty to eat or drink, there are some that really stand out. We’ve rounded up our five must-visit stands if you’re visiting the festival – take a look below.

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Cyrus Todiwala’s Café Spice Namasté

Last year he cooked kangaroo fillets, this year who knows what Cyrus Todiwala will bring to Taste. The Mumbai-born chef has been delighting people with his fragrant, aromatic cuisine for years at his various restaurants, and he’s always a huge hit at the festival. Be sure to stop by his stand – Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen – to see the man himself rustling up dishes bursting with flavour and colour that show just how good Indian cuisine can be.

Alex Atala at the AEG Theatre

He’s the chef credited with making Brazilian cuisine known the world over and his São Paulo restaurant D.O.M is currently ranked as the sixteenth best restaurant in the world, so it would be a huge shame to miss out on this rare chance to see Alex Atala cooking in the UK. His one-hour dinner is unfortunately already sold out, but stop by the AEG Theatre on the afternoon of Friday 16 June to see him showcase some incredible ingredients that he’s personally brought over with him from the Amazon. You’ll have the chance to taste his cooking, which includes produce such as jambu, a wild herb that makes other flavours more pronounced.

Pascal Aussignac’s Club Gascon

Pascal Aussignac is one of those chefs that proves French cuisine is still world-class, and his restaurant Club Gascon is the best place to go in London for a taste of the country’s south-western cuisine. Expect plenty of luxurious ingredients such as duck and foie gras, beautiful edible flowers and Pascal’s playful signature twists on Gascon cuisine.

Franceco Mazzei’s Italian food

If you’re after a taste of southern Italy in London, there’s no better chef to prepare it for you than Francesco Mazzei. Born and raised in Calabria, he moved to London in the 1990s to learn English and has never looked back. He’s now chef-patron of Sartoria in Mayfair and has just opened a more casual restaurant Radici, in Islington – two temples to the cooking of his childhood and full of all the wonderful, comforting flavours of southern Italian cuisine. Francesco has appeared at Taste of London for many years and knows exactly what will get our mouths watering.

Merlin Labron-Johnson at The Daily Special stand

Merlin Labron-Johnson at Taste of London

There’s one stand at this year’s Taste of London that’ll showcase not just one but five restaurants over the course of the festival, and the line-up looks incredible. Kicking things off on the Wednesday will be Merlin Labron-Johnson, bringing dishes from his Michelin-starred Portland to the fore. His take on modern European dining has made him one of the capital’s most popular chefs, and he’ll even be giving all the money he makes at Taste to the Refugee Community Kitchen. If you’re not there to catch Merlin on Wednesday, however, don’t worry – on Thursday Jidori will be serving up their famed yakitori; Friday sees Bao dishing out their incredible steamed buns; Saturday is perfect for fans of modern Indian food with Kricket taking the guest spot and the event is brought to a close by the chefs at Perilla, a new but already highly acclaimed Italian restaurant.

Taste of London exclusive ticket offer

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