Greetings, London! Curious to see how the most influential chefs around get a dash of inspiration for their delicious dishes? Come delve into the minds of the greats, who have created one-off menus using the capital as their muse.
1. Marcus Wareing, Tredwell’s
Wareing moved to the Savoy in London in 1988, where he met Albert Roux.
“Albert was the first chef I watched on TV when I was 14 and is still someone I turn to. He is a mentor to many and the Godfather of cookery. London is different to how it was when I started,” he said. “There is an open dialogue these days. It’s an evolving melting pot of new ideas and there is such a high demand.”
To pay tribute to London, he jam-packed a dish filled with flavor, using sea bass, carrots, cashew and coriander, grilled courgettes, hazelnut butter and truffled potato croquettes. But his favorite London meal this year? The picnic dish he and his wife, Jane, made for their son’s last day of school.
2. Mark Hix, Hix City
Cooking is a form of art, and Hix knows that the best. So, it’s no surprise he uses visual art to translate meaning into his menus.
“I always include artists I know in the visual aspect of my restaurants,” Hix said. “Hanging out in the East End at young gallery openings and parties got me into the sphere of visual art. I would host after-show dinners in exchange for work.”
And his London-inspired dish? A tantalizing plate of steak, ale and oyster pie.