Discover The Grove’s hidden gem – Colette’s

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Almond FinancierI drive along a long and winding road and over a tiny bridge, passing fields and a golf course, and then a large impressive building comes into view – The Grove.

The five star hotel is now firmly established on various ‘best hotel’ lists around the world, but I am going to its fine dining restaurant – Colette’s, which has yet to become as famous.

Its head chef Russell Bateman agrees.
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Colette’s Summer / Autumn Crossover 2011

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I’m recruiting front of house

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Colettes at The Grove I’m looking to strengthen the team at Colette’s

Our  restaurant has achieved great things which has made it a regular for locals and a destination spot to enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere and great cooking that comes from the kitchen. We are getting busier by the day and I need front of house staff who are passionate about food and the industry and wants to progress and learn from the high standards that we set.

Recruiting at all levels; ideally I’d like your CV to show experience in 3/4 AA Rosette, Michelin Star or equivalent restaurants, show me some passion for food & wine, and a strong constitution and I’m interested.
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My AA Report 2012

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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

Culinary Tours des Forces Unite in Cambridge

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Mark Poynton, Chef Patron of acclaimed Restaurant Alimentum in Cambridge and one of the country’s most up and coming chefs, has rallied a team of 6 of the UK’s finest culinary wizards to raise money for a truly moving cause.

On Monday 31st October 2011, Mark will host a unique evening of fun and gastronomic flair at his Cambridge restaurant in aid of Tommy’s charity. Tommy’s funds research into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature and still birth and provides information to parents** – a cause personally close to Mark’s and his team’s hearts.

Mark and award winning chefs 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), will create a 7 course tasting menu to tantalise even the most adventurous of taste buds.

Mark comments, “this is an exceptionally important cause for me and I want to do everything I can to raise crucial funds and awareness for Tommy’s. Having a young son myself, I can only begin to imagine the pain of losing a child, so the more money we can raise for research towards preventing complications at birth, the better. I’m really excited to be bringing together such a great team of chefs at Alimentum – the evening will be fantastic! I can’t wait to make it a success.”

Compering the evening will be charismatic food and travel journalist/author Sudi Pigott. Sudi will be cajoling the diners to bid for a range of fantastic prizes, including an iPad; day of beauty and hair treatment at top Cambridge salon Elajé; mounted collection of celebrities’ dockets from Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant Dinner, signed by Heston himself and Head Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts.

Sudi comments, “this is a fantastic cause to be involved in with an incredible line up of chefs. Mark is working really hard to ensure the evening is a huge success and I am looking forward to helping raise lots of money by encouraging guests to dig deep!”


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