What’s new in the world of food events, pop-ups, products and restaurant openings
Our favourite gastronomic event kicks off next week with The London Food Festival offering a fantastic line-up of chefs, special menus, masterclasses, wine tastings and much more for the month of October. But be quick, tickets are selling fast!
For over 275 years, Wiltons in Jermyn Street, has been synonymous for serving some of the finest oysters from the British Isles. They hold a royal warrant to supply oysters to the Royal family so where better to learn how to shuck these celebrated molluscs? The next masterclass is on 1 October at 6.00pm and costs £85 per person (including bubbly) and then on the first Monday of every month. A good idea for Christmas for a foodie friend too!
The Sanderson is celebrating National Chocolate Week in October alongside master chocolate maker William Curley who will be putting together an exclusive chocolate menu in The Restaurant, a chocolate masterclass in the kitchen, bespoke chocolate cocktails at Long Bar and even an indulgent chocolate spa treatment from the Agua Spa team.
The Gallivant in Sussex is continuing their Legends of the Dining Room series showcasing top chef talent this autumn with Jan Ostle, of the much-lauded Wilsons Restaurant in Bristol and Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay who take to the kitchen on Sunday 14 October and Tuesday 20 November respectively. Tickets cost £60 each for the 4-course dinners.
Plateau Restaurant in Canary Wharf has a new chef, former National Chef of the Year, Frederick Forster takes on the role of Head Chef with a new European inspired menu. With experience working with the likes of Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and Pierre Gagnaire, Frederick’s cooking draws inspiration from modern European cuisine whilst highlighting fresh and seasonal British produce.
Ex-Tamarind executive chef Peter Joseph has just opened his first solo restaurant, Kahani in Chelsea. The 90-cover restaurant is inspired by Peter’s upbringing in Tamil Nadu in India and is centred around his philosophy of eating to celebrate, bring people together and share tales. The menu showcases seasonal and sustainable British ingredients, focusing on grilled meats, fish and vegetables from the robata grill.
Wine lovers alert! Premium English wine producer, Hush Heath Estate in Kent, has just unveiled their fabulous new-look winery featuring a swanky new visitors centre with a shop, a 200-seater tasting room and an upstairs terrace bar overlooking the vines. The state-of-the-art building will substantially increase their wine production over the next five years too, from 150,000 bottles up to 500,000 bottles.
Something extra for that weekend away? Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotel & Resorts has just launched a new range of gourmet experiences for guests. From clam picking in the Algarve and exploring artisanal bakeries in Jerusalem, to private whiskey tastings in Dublin and bespoke Michelin starred menus in Versailles, guests can choose from an array of experiences guaranteed to satisfy any palate.
Product of the week has to be the new SMEG fridge featuring Mickey Mouse. They are making just 90 fridges to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the celebrated mouse so definitely a collector’s item. £1699 exclusively from the Regent’s Street store.
Recipe of the week from Nathan Outlaw, Outlaws at The Capital
Baked Cod, Potted Shrimp Butter, Cauliflower Puree
For the Potted Shrimp Butter
500g shrimps, cooked and peeled
250g unsalted butter, softened
4 tsp chopped curly parsley
20 rasps of nutmeg
1 tsp cayenne pepper
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
2 tbsp capers
4 gherkins, cut into small cubes
Cornish sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Cauliflower Purée
1 large cauliflower
30g unsalted butter
Olive oil for drizzling
For the Cod
4 x 120g portions of cod, scaled, pin-boned and skinned
Olive oil for cooking
Salt and pepper
For the Potted Shrimp Butter: Put the butter, parsley, nutmeg, cayenne, lemon zest and juice in a food processor or blender and process for 2 minutes until well blended. Transfer to a bowl and mix in the shallots, garlic and salt to taste. Lay a sheet of cling film on a work surface and spoon the butter onto it. Wrap the butter in the cling film, rolling it into a long sausage, and tie the ends of the cling film to secure. Chill for 2 hours to firm up before serving. The butter will keep in the fridge for a week, or it can be frozen.
For the Cauliflower Purée: First, discard any outer leaves. Cut the cauliflower into florets, retaining the core then finely slice all of it. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil and the butter. When the oil is hot and the butter is bubbling, add the cauliflower and a good pinch of salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring enough to not let the cauliflower colour. Add a mug of water and place a lid on top of the pan. Cook for 8-10 minutes until the cauliflower is soft, adding more water if needed.
Once the cauliflower is soft, remove the lid and continue to cook until the liquid has reduced and the cauliflower is almost all that is left in the pan. Transfer the cauliflower to a blender and blend until the purée is really smooth. Taste it for salt and season with a little more if needed. Transfer the purée to a pan and keep warm or place into a container if you aren’t using it straight away, and chill.
For the Cod: To cook the fish, heat your oven to 200C. Oil and season the cod and place it on a baking tray lined with silicone paper. Place it in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
To serve, warm the puree through. Place the flavoured butter in a pan and heat gently until melted; do not allow to boil. Add the shrimps, capers and gherkins to the butter and heat through for a few minutes until warm but again, don’t allow it to boil.
Place a generous spoonful of the puree onto each of 4 warmed plates. Top with the cod then spoon over the shrimp butter. Serve immediately.