In the House of Wolf

This month we were invited to do a mini pop-up in the Victorian pleasure palace that is House of Wolf in Islington. We jumped at the chance to work in such a great venue, following on the heels of Blanch and Shock as we had done at The Endurance. We put together a menu we … Continue reading

Endure

So it turns out running a restaurant is a lot of hard work; who knew? I want to start by thanking everyone who supported us. First and foremost the guys from The Endurance – Kerry, Billy and Patrick – who gave an amazing opportunity to three young guys on, frankly, shockingly little evidence. My thanks … Continue reading

“The South” with Blanch and Shock

It has been a long while since my last post but with good reason. Things have been especially busy recently with a few projects I have been working on for some time poised to get off the ground. I recently spent two days at Rocksalt in Folkestone as a result of my competition win last … Continue reading

Cherry Bomb

Everyone loves a bit of magic, something that deceives the senses. Recently I have been working on my dessert for the upcoming competition at work, looking at the combination of cherries and almonds. I wanted to bring a sense of fun and whimsy to the plate and was looking to create fake cherries to sit … Continue reading

Best Laid Plans and ‘Definite Inconsistencies’

Best Laid Plans and Definite Inconsistencies ……………… Cooking entails a lot of failure, at least for me. Not having a typical culinary background, no catering college or teenage years spent in a pro kitchen, a lot of the dishes and components I work on require a lot of finessing before they work how I want … Continue reading

Goatee

The next round of our competition at work is coming up soon and I have started working on the dishes I am going to present there. The prize is pretty amazing so I have taken a bit of time off next week to dedicate to perfecting the dishes – expect a flurry of posts on … Continue reading

Coffee and Cigarettes

You were warned...

This is a combination that has become very familiar over the past few months. I’m not a smoker but these two things are what fuel the culinary industry. Some days I drink 7 cups of coffee, obviously I am well aware of the health risks and all that crap but sometimes that is just what … Continue reading

When God Gives You Lemons

The more content I seem to have for this blog the less time I have to blog about it, a sad truth about the nature of work. That said, I have finally negotiated some free time to post something. I’m always aiming to keep whatever goes up on here at as high a standard as … Continue reading

Variants/Art

I was going to post this dish and a little note about it with a full recipe today. This will probably still happen at a later point over the weekend but I ended up getting caught up in the process of plating. Presentation is so important for food, and for some that is where food … Continue reading

Inspiration/Shades of Brown

Inspiration is that elusive quality in the kitchen. The more you want it the further it seems from you. Sometimes ideas for dishes flow in and out of my head at a rate of knots and it’s all I can do to hold onto some of the more interesting ones. At other times I stare … Continue reading