spoon

A (working) night out at the Artichoke, Amersham

Category : Main, News

Artichoke, Amersham

I’m  delighted to be  the first date for the Artichoke’s culinary initiative, the Guest Chef Event, offering you the chance to dine and enjoy a bespoke menu created by the owner Laurie and myself. They have events taking place each month, keep an eye on the Artichoke website for the line up that is sure to impress offering the opportunity to sample the signature dishes of some of the country’s most talked about chefs.

My evening: Thursday 26th April

There are a couple of tables left so please call and book, you will not be able to turn up on the night. 01494 726611, alternatively email info@artichokerestaurant.co.uk

What the Artichoke has to say on it:

We are delighted to welcome Head Chef Russell Bateman who will be bringing his renowned skills into the Artichoke’s Kitchen.

Having worked and trained in some of the best known Michelin establishments – including Pétrus, Midsummer House and Auberge de L’Eridan, along with some of the finest Chefs, such as Marcus Wareing and Marc Veyrat, Russell has enviable knowledge and skills in the kitchen.

Russell is known for his inventive and stylish ways of creating seasonal dishes – using many ingredients handpicked from the garden.

Five Course Tasting Menu to include a glass of champagne upon arrival £75 optional Wine Flight £36

To make sure you do not miss out on this unique collaboration, book now to avoid disappointment on 01494 726611, alternatively email info@artichokerestaurant.co.uk

Cooking Live on the Radio

Category : News

What could go wrong!

I’m back on the radio this Saturday with Nick Coffer on Three Counties, listen to me and watch the hoops on the TV – sadly its all at the same time!

Also Available on:BBC iPlayer

Root Vegetable Masterclass at New Covent Garden Market

Category : Main, News

Filmed at New Covent Garden Market in The Orangery, I joined Ben Tish (The Salt Yard) and Colin Layfield (The Paramount) to cook three banging seasonal dishes using the finest root vegetables and larder ingredients from supplier Wild Harvest.


Continue Reading

Colette’s Summer / Autumn Crossover 2011

Category : Main, News

My AA Report 2012

Category : Main, News, Reviews, Work

Colettes 3 AA RosettesQueen Victoria and Edward VII were both rather partial to dropping in on this estate for the weekend when London’s charms began to pall. It wasn’t far away even in those days, but with the capital’s onward sprawl, it seems practically a stone’s throw from the West End. What you get is a large country-estate hotel, with all mod cons (spa treatments and golf), and an understated restaurant in soothing beige with smartly dressed tables, artfully positioned mirrors and polished service. Russell Bateman has honed a profoundly accomplished style of modern cooking here, imbued with his own personal stamp, while respecting the quality of the raw materials he works with. Dishes are composed of many interlocking elements, as witness an opener of Lincolnshire pork teamed with smoked eel, alongside a slice of foie gras and apple terrine. Another might see roast scallops against a southeast Asian array of peanuts, radish and lime. Moving on to the main course, the stakes are raised still further, perhaps for an assiette of locally farmed veal (the fillet, breast, sweetbread and tongue), served with cauliflower and spinach in aged balsamic, while a brill dish becomes a seafood-lover’s dream date, encompassing cockles, clams, an oyster ravioli and caviar cream, not to mention some leek and turnip towards your five-a-day. The seven-course tasting menu is the leisurely way to go. Desserts don’t stint on creativity either, perhaps offering parsnip and cardamom cake with blood orange and white chocolate, or spiced banana tart with toasted coconut and passionfruit and a banana sorbet – 3 Rosettes

Diners are in Seventh heaven at Alimentum

Category : Main, News

Seven top chefs, a seven-course menu – and seven grand raised for charity.

Cambridge’s award-winning restaurant Alimentum staged and evening of fun and gastronomic flair in aid of Tommy’s the charity that supports research into miscarriages and premature births.

Chef patron Mark Poynton rallied a team of seven culinary wizards to create a seven-course menu, which 50 ticket holders were then able to sample. His cooking crew were Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House), Will Holland (La Becasse), Ben Spalding (Roganic), Matt Gillan (The Pass), and Russell Bateman (Colettes at The Grove) and Paul Foster (Tuddenham Mill)
Continue Reading