My AA Report 2013

Category : Chef, Main, Reviews, Work

Colettes 3 AA Rosettes
Colette’s at The Grove
Chandler’s Cross
3 AA Rosette Restaurant

A comprehensively equipped modern spa hotel only minutes from the M25, The Grove is on hand to provide all the smoothing of feathers that life in the nearby metropolis has ruffled up. It’s a Georgian mansion house with golf and mudpacks according to taste in relaxation, and a pair of options for dining: the informal Stables (see separate entry) and Colette’s, the fine-dining alternative. Done in today’s preferred pastel shades, it makes a neutral but soothing backdrop for Russell Bateman’s culinary pyrotechnics, which come in the form of variously proportioned menus given names from the aesthetic repertoire: Haiku, Sonnet and Symphony, depending on whether you’re in the market for a bit of Basho, a shot of Shakespeare or the full Mahler. An organic walled garden supplies much of the fresh produce, and the style is about using technical innovation to emphasise natural flavours. Roast Landes foie gras with carrot ketchup and nasturtiums is one eye-catching way to start, as is venison tartare with pickled pear, 100% cocoa and parsnip. Thus primed, the relative classicism of Cotswold chicken roasted with Périgord truffle stuffed under the skin and an enriching note from Vacherin cheese comes as a more than pleasant surprise. Cauliflower variations (pickled, roasted and raw) add the requisite note of modernity. Red meats are subjected to complexes of flavours as when Cornish lamb is tricked out with artichokes, pomegranate, ceps and marjoram, while the currently fashionable pairing of chicken wings and fish (in this case turbot) is buttressed by leeks, salsify, chestnuts and tarragon. Apple varieties from the orchard – Cox, Russet, Braeburn and Granny Smith – get a thorough workout in a dessert plate that combines poached, diced, creamed and sorbet elements, together with caramel jelly, or there could be an assemblage of manjari chocolate, Valencia orange, brioche, olive oil and sea salt.

Colette’s Review in Good Food Guide 2013

Category : Main, Reviews

The Grove, Colette’s
Bag’s of impact and Artistry
Chandler’s Cross, WD3 4TG
Tel no: (01923) 296015


Modern British | £65
Cooking score: 5

Now infamous as a playground for footballers and their wives, the sprawling Grove complex started life as an ‘out of town’ bolt-hold for the Earls of Clarendon. The old aristocracy wouldn’t recognise the place now, especially if they stumbled into Colette’s – a bespoke restaurant emblazoned with huge canvases, sculptures and fantastical chandeliers.

It may be OTT, but supporters reckon that chef Russell Bateman is at the ‘top of his game’ delivering highly complex ideas with bags of impact and atistry. He is also fleshing out his network of dedicated suppliers and plundering the Grove’s walled garden for seasonal pickings – how about a pretty plate of poached and roasted lobster with heirloom carrots, purple potato, funnel and star anise, or ‘eight-spice’ squab pigeon with turnip, rocket and honey from the estate? Elsewhere, organic pork gets the jerk treatment with pineapple coconut and coriander, and Cumbrian rose veal appears as a tartare with brioche, winter truffles, mustard and quail’s egg yolk. Finally, the kitchen puts on its party hat for desserts such as rose and pistachio meringue with rhubarb and rose scented creme anglaise.

The comprehensive wine list deserves a cheer for its commitment to small ‘handmade’ produces and organic/biodynamic names, although it’s bedevilled by premiership prices. House selections start at £27 (£7.50 a glass)

Chef: Russell Bateman.
Open: Tue to Sat D 6.30 to 100
Closed: Sun and Mon.
Meals: Set D £65. Tasting Menu £80 (7 Courses)
Service: not inc.
Details: 42 seats. Separate bar.  Wheelchair access. Music. Car parking. Children over 12 yrs only
Taken from Good Food Guide 2013

Dingley Dell, Alimentium & Me

Category : Main, News

I am really excited to be part of Dingley Dell’s flying visit at Alimentium in Cambridge on 13th June 2012. Its always nice to go back to Cambridge and great to cook with my long time friend Mark Poynton chef/Patron of Restaurant Alimentum. £65 a head for a cocktail, canapes and five cracking Pork based courses sounds like a bargain to me.

At Dingley Dell, pigs are born, reared and grown outdoors all year round. Dingley Dell’s beautiful flavour comes from the breeds used, great animal health and welfare, naturally balanced nutrition and a stress-free environment. The Flying Visits are fun evenings where guests experience everything that’s great about pigs and pork. Sounds great! So what happens on these nights, exactly?

On the night, you can expect:

  • Introductions from Mark from Dingley Dell Pork, porky anecdotes and farm film.
  • A short discussion on pig welfare from the RSPCA ‘s Freedom Food.
  • Butchery master class.
  • Mouth-watering pork dishes introduced by award-winning chefs.
  • A selection of wine to match the each course.

To book, call the restaurant directly on 01223 413000 or email reservations@restaurantalimentum.co.uk

Dinner Menu
Pre Dinner Cocktail
By Joe Tivey of 12A Member’s Club

By “ A Passion to Inspire ” students

Crispy pig’s head, garden vegetable salad and almond
By Eric Snaith, Titchwell Manor

Pork Belly, carrots, liquorice, sweet cicely and lemon verbena
By Russell Bateman, Colette’s at The Grove

Ham, Egg and Cheeks
By Ross Pike and Madalene Bonvini-Hamel, The British Larder Suffolk

Hay smoked pork loin, turnip, apple and jack by the hedge
By Mark Poynton, Restaurant Alimentum

Peanut, strawberry and crispy pork shoulder
By Michelle Gillott, chocolatier

£65 per person

To book, call the restaurant directly on 01223 413000 or email reservations@restaurantalimentum.co.uk

A (working) night out at the Artichoke, Amersham

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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

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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.

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