‘British Bounty’: a one-night collaboration between Chefs Simon Hulstone & Nigel Mendham
Dukes London has announced that its much-loved restaurant, GBR (Great British Restaurant), will host a one-night-only dinner on 15th March 2022, a unique collaboration between GBR’s Chef Nigel Mendham and Chef Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in beautiful Torquay. Tickets are now available at £125 per person: the evening includes a welcome drink and a six-course tasting menu with wine pairing.
The Chefs will showcase their combined passion for the bounty of British kitchen-gardens and farms, highlighting much-loved local produce and with a one-off six-course menu that uses ingredients including elderberries, Devon clotted cream, Scottish langoustine and locally-sourced Beesands scallops. It is a sensational seasonal menu that will showcase the vibrant taste of Britain.
Chef Proprietor Simon Hulstone has been cooking professionally since his school days and is one of the UK’s most decorated chefs. In 2003 he won the Roux Scholarship and went on to win the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year Award in 2008. He has twice represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious culinary contest, and he captained the British team at the Culinary Olympics and Culinary World Cup in 2010 and 2012. With his team at The Elephant in Torquay, he has put the English Riviera on the culinary map, taking his first Michelin star in 2005 and maintaining it every year since. A champion of Devon and its produce, he has helped develop The Elephant’s 96-acre dedicated farm in Brixham, which supplies 70% of the restaurant’s vegetables and a wide variety of leaves and herbs as well as free-range eggs and Kelly Bronze turkeys.
Simon says, “it’s been far too long since I’ve been able to cook for guests outside of my restaurant, and I’m looking forward to showcasing a taste of Devon and the Elephant for guests at Dukes. The chefs and I are also looking forward to working with Nigel and his talented team to create a truly celebratory British menu.”
Chef Nigel Mendham was born in Norfolk and has always had a passion for Britain’s best produce, making use of the finest locally-sourced ingredients to create hearty British dishes with a twist. He is no stranger to playing a major role in the kitchen at some of the UK’s top restaurants and spent the early years of his career working in red star country houses around the British Isles – from the south coast to the Lake District, including the Lygon Arms, South Lodge, Stapleford Park and The Samling Hotel which held the Michelin Star for two years. The all-day dining concept of GBR takes Nigel’s philosophy on food back to its roots. Since taking over as Executive Head Chef there in 2011, he has made his mark on the competitive London dining scene with simple, elegant food prepared with traditional techniques to produce dishes that are refined and precise, balancing classic flavours with contemporary flair.
Nigel says ‘”Simon is one of the most respected chefs in the industry, and this collaboration is a huge honour for me and an opportunity to share our philosophies on how great British ingredients should be championed. I’m looking forward to welcoming Simon and his team to DUKES LONDON and to creating a memorable evening in GBR.”
‘British Bounty’ Menu
15th March 2022, 18:30
Beef ‘tea’ dripping on toast, smoked salt, burnt brisket ends
Cauliflower marinated in curry oil, cauliflower couscous, spiced lentils, sultanas
Beesands hand-dived scallops, BBQ hen of the woods, shallot puree, aromatic green herb sauce
Roast Scottish langoustine, parsnip puree, bartlett pear, hazelnut & langoustine sauce
Loin of venison, onion ash, haunch croquette, turnip & apple, heritage beetroot, elderberry jus
‘Egg & Soldiers’
Devon clotted cream (clotted cream mousse, blackberry jam, gingerbread, sorbet)
A portion of all profits will go to the charity Hospitality Action, who offer vital assistance to those who have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in a crisis. Recently, much of this focus has been placed on helping those affected by COVID-19, such as giving mental health support to those who faced furlough, fighting domestic abuse, and helping parents cope with homeschooling.
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