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The Menu

 

THE NATIONAL RESTAURATEURS’ DINNER MENU 2017

In Association with

 

Dorchester Canapés
Champagne Jacquart Brut, NV

Kindly donated by Champagne Jacquart and Matthew Clark

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First Course: Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social, London
Dressed Colchester crab, with green apple and brown crab mayonnaise
Pinot Grigio & Torrontés, Passo Blanco 2016, Masi Tupungato, Uco Valley, Argentina
Kindly donated by Masi Tupungato Winery and Berkmann Wines

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Fish Course: Tony Fleming, L’Oscar Hotel, Holborn, London
Grilled fillet of red mullet, fennel purée, lemon croutons & bouillabaisse sauce
Château Cavalier, Cuvée Marafiance 2016, Côtes de Provence, France, en Magnum
Kindly donated by Châteaux & Domaines Castel

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Main Course: Henry Brosi, The Dorchester Collection
Fillet of Hereford beef, with oxtail ravioli and black truffle
Valdivieso Single Vineyard Carmenere 2012, Lontue Valley, Chile
Kindly donated by Valdivieso Vineyards and Bibendum Wines Ltd
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Cabernet Sauvignon, Catena, High Mountain Vines 2014, Mendoza, Argentina
Kindly donated by Catena Zapata Family Vineyards and Bibendum Wines Ltd

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Dessert:  Sarah Hartnett, Pastry Consultant
Symphony of caramel
Jurançon, Petit Manseng, Gold Medal, Maison Castel, France , 2014
Kindly donated by Châteaux & Domaines Castel

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Coffee and Petits Fours 
Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino Mineral Waters
Kindly donated by  Nestlé Professional

 

The 2017 team of chefs, all hand selected by Brian Turner and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts’ Sara Jayne Stanes have worked to bring us a gastronomic delight.

Jeff Galvin

Jeff joined The Savoy hotel as a young Commis before progressing to the role of Junior Sous Chef at Michelin-starred Capital Hotel. In 1994 he was appointed Sous Chef by Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane and was part of the kitchen brigade that achieved the elusive third Michelin star. That experience led to his appointment of Head Chef at Marco Pierre White’s three Michelin-starred Oak Room. In May 2000 Marco appointed him as Executive Chef at L’Escargot, which held a Michelin star for five years. 

Jeff teamed up with his brother Chris in 2005 to open their first venture, the eponymous Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street, to much critical acclaim. In May 2006, Chris and Jeff launched Galvin at Windows, on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane. The restaurant was awarded one Michelin star in 2010.

The acclaimed three rosette Galvin La Chapelle opened in 2009 and has had praise heaped upon it from the very beginning . Voted restaurant of the Year and gaining a Michelin star for Chef Patron Jeff Galvin only one year after it opened. Situated next-door to Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin Café a Vin is a smart but friendly and relaxed two Rosette restaurant which was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2011.

March 2012 brought yet another restaurant opening, this time in the world famous food halls of Harrods; Galvin Demoiselle . Autumn 2012 marked the first ever venture outside of London for the Galvin family, opening two restaurants in Edinburgh;  The Pompadour by Galvin and Galvin Brasserie de Luxe in The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

In 2013 Jeff was awarded the prestigious Master of Culinary Arts (MCA).

The Galvin Pub Company was set up in 2014 when the brothers bought their first pub, The Green Man in Chelmsford. In January 2016 Galvin Café a Vin was re-launched as Galvin HOP – the first ‘pub deluxe’ from the Galvin brothers and the original site for The Galvin Pub Company.

In June 2016 Chris and Jeff Galvin stepped away for the first time from their trademark French-inspired menus – in favour of championing Britain’s delicious home grown produce – with the opening of Galvin at The Athenaeum. Located in the five-star Athenaeum Hotel & Residences in Mayfair. September 2016, Jeff opened Galvin at Centurion Club, located at the impressive Centurion Club in St Albans. In November 2016, the brothers reopened one of the oldest pubs in Essex: The Galvin Green Man.

Jeff has been a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts since 2009.

Jason Atherton

Jason Atherton started his career working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2001 and launching ‘Maze’, first in London and then another five globally.

His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a Michelin star within just six months of opening, alongside 5 AA Rosettes and no.4 in The Good Food Guide’s best UK restaurants.

Since then, Jason’s The Social Company has grown into a global restaurant group, including Michelin-starred Social Eating House, Little Social, Berners Tavern – named ‘the defining restaurant of the decade’, Michelin-starred City Social, Social Wine & Tapas in Marylebone, the Japanese izakaya-style restaurant Sosharu in Farringdon and Temple and Sons in the City. Alongside his London restaurants, Jason has opened critically acclaimed restaurants in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, Dubai, Sydney and Cebu. Most recently, he opened Hai Cenato, a NYC-Italian restaurant in Victoria. Jason was recently awarded Best Restaurateur in the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2016.

Jason is currently Honorary President of the Annual Awards of Excellence and has been a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts since 2009.

Tony Fleming

Tony is the Executive Chef at the soon-to-open boutique lifestyle hotel L’Oscar London, located in the previous Baptist church headquarters building in Holborn. With 39 bedrooms and interiors by Jaques Garcia the hotel offers a substantial and varied food and beverage operation including Cafe L’Oscar and the Baptist Grill set inside the old chapel. 

Tony began his career as a chef working locally in his native city of Cambridge. Then in 1995 he moved to London where amongst others he worked for Marco Pierre White, including the Criterion, l’Escargot and the 3 Michelin starred Oak Room and as sous chef for Richard Neat.

He went on to become head chef at Sir Terrance Conran’s Great Eastern Hotel at Liverpool Street and following that took up his first Executive Chef role at One Aldwych. More recently Tony was the opening chef for D&D London’s South Place Hotel in Moorgate where he gained a Michelin star for the Angler restaurant within the first twelve months of opening as well as overseeing all other food outlets. He held the accolade each year before leaving to take up his current role at L’oscar London.

Tony joined the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts in 2011.

Henry Brosi

Appointed executive chef to run The Dorchester’s kitchens in December 1999, Henry Brosi was winner of the Craft Guild of Chefs in 2003 and awarded the prestigious Hotel Chef of the Year at Caterer and Hotelkeeper’s annual awards ceremony in 2007.

Brosi oversees a brigade of over 100 chefs and is in charge of the hotel’s six kitchens which serves outlets including The Promenade at The Dorchester, The Bar at The Dorchester, the Banqueting kitchens, in-room dining, Parcafé at The Dorchester and The Spatisserie.

Throughout the year Henry Brosi hosts special Masterclasses for up to 12 people on The Chef’s Table using the best seasonal ingredients available around the British Isles and works with small artisan producers. The Chef’s Table at The Dorchester is London’s original chef’s table that first opened in the 1940’s by Jean Baptiste Virlogeux.

Henry has been hosting the National Restaurateurs’ Dinner since 2010 and has been a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts since 2001.

 

Sarah Hartnett

Since January 2016 Sarah Hartnett has been working as a freelance pastry chef, specialising in the concepts projects tailor made to her customers’ needs. Sarah has also contributed to the two most recent Belgian IBC catalogues for 2016 & 2017 and works closely with Barry Callebaut as an Ambassador. Among her varying projects is the role of Chef Ambassador to UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, where she is working on food and coffee pairings. 

During her time in London, Sarah has worked under the guidance of John Williams  at Claridges and also Martyn Nail. She achieved the Award of Excellence in 1999 from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.

Since joining the team at the Park Lane Hotel in 2004, Sarah’s talent has been recognised with a number of awards.

In 2009 Sarah and the Park Lane Hotel kitchen team won the award for “Establishing links with schools and colleges” at the HR & Hospitality for Excellence Awards. An active member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Sarah is joint-chairman for the pastry committee for the Annual Awards of Excellence.

Sarah has participated in many industry fund-raising events- to name a few-  the Battle of Britain fundraising dinner at the Memorial Flight in Coningsby, Chefs For Heroes fund dinner at the Guildhall in London, Keech Hospice dinners, Breast Cancer Unit Charity, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust.

In 2010 Sarah won Pastry Chef of The Year at the Craft Guild of Chefs Award. Also in 2010 Sarah was awarded the EAME Starwood “President’s Award”.

More recently in September 2014 Sarah has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Westminster Kingsway College for Excellence in Education and in 2016 Sarah was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, invested with John W.Reed

Sommeliers

Gerard Basset OBE, MW, MS

Gerard was born and raised in France.  After having qualified successively as chef and sommelier he moved to England for good in the mid 1980s.  He then embarked on a very successful career as a sommelier.  His sommelier achievements range from winning, on several occasions, the Best Sommelier in the UK title, as well as having been crowned Best International Sommelier for French Wines in 1992 and Best Sommelier of Europe in 1996.  He also finished three times second in the Best Sommelier of the World (1992, 2004 and equal second in 2007) and in April 2010, in Santiago in Chile, has reached his long held dream of becoming the Best Sommelier in The World, 2010 (The World Sommelier Championship takes place every three years).

Following on from his win in the World Sommelier Championship, Gerard was awarded the Catey Special Award in July 2010. In September 2010 the International Wine Challenge made him IWC Personality of the Year. In 2011, Gerard won Harpers Wine and Spirits Magazine, Personality of the Year, 2011 and was also awarded ‘Industry Legend 2011’ by Imbibe Magazine.  In 2013, Decanter Magazine presented Gerard with the prestigious Decanter Man of the Year 2013 Award and Harpers Wine and Spirits Magazine named him ‘Best Ambassador/Communicator for French Wines’ (This award Gerard won it also in 2014).  In addition, Gerard is currently the only person in the world to be simultaneously Master Sommelier, Master of Wine and Wine MBA.  He is also President Europe of The Court of Master Sommeliers, Technical Director of the ASI (Association Sommelier International) and Honorary President of the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust, the most important wine education body in the world).

An important aspect of Gerard’s career is his skill for discovering young talents, mentoring them and inspiring them.  The number of sommeliers and barmen who have trained with him are numerous and they have achieved great heights themselves, a fact that Gerard is extremely proud of.

In June 2011, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Gerard received an OBE which The Princess Royal, Princess Anne gave him at a ceremony in October 2011 at Windsor Castle; a very proud moment for him and his Family.  In September 2016 Gerard received The Freedom of the City of London at the Guildhall, another very special moment.

In 2014 Gerard was awarded the inaugural Catey Wine & Spirit Ambassador. Gerard has now won four Cateys.  Two as co-founder of Hotel du Vin; The New Comer Catey in 1996 for Hotel du Vin Winchester and The Catey Group Hotel for Hotel du Vin Bristol in 2001.  Two individually; The Special Catey 2010 and The Wine & Spirit Ambassador Catey 2014.

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Laura Rhys MS

Laura’s career in wine started as a Sommelier in 2004. The early years were spent alongside the industry’s finest, including World Sommelier Champion Gérard Basset OBE, MW, MS

In 2009 Laura won the prestigious “UK Sommelier of the Year” title and in 2010 achieved Master Sommelier status from the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Laura’s time as a Sommelier saw her visit many of the world’s vineyards, head up wine teams and design wine programs for restaurants, including Gerard Basset’s Hotel TerraVina and Michelin-starred, award winning La Trompette.

Inspired by the passion of the English winemakers she met and excited by the quality of the wines she tasted, Laura continued her career at the pinnacle of the rapidly evolving English wine industry. 

Laura joined Gusbourne in 2015, as Prestige Development Manager, where her role encompasses ambassadorial and development duties both in UK and internationally.

She also works closely with winemaker Charlie Holland and the winemaking and vineyard teams.

Based in London, Laura judges for Sommelier competitions, as well as Decanter World Wine Awards, Imbibe Sommelier Wine Awards and International wine competitions such as Argentina Wine Awards and the Bacchus Wine Awards held in Madrid.