If you’ve ever spent time in the company of chefs, you’ll soon realise they love nothing more than pouring over each ingredient, debating how best to cook it, suggesting parings, and generally ‘jamming’.
It’s this almost musical, collaborative feel that born and bred Londoner Alyn Williams recreates at his annual CHEFstock event. And this year, he’s gone all international.
Each Wednesday throughout June, Alyn and a guest chef will create an eight course tasting menu, with four original dishes from the guest chef designed to showcase his or her culinary identity, and four from Alyn himself. Joining him in his eponymous one Michelin-starred restaurant in The Westbury Hotel, Mayfair will be:
Currently head chef at the critically acclaimed Hiša Franko in Slovenia, Roš will be showing us why the world needs to wake up to Slovenian food. She was named The World’s Best Female Chef 2017 earlier this year. In 2016, Ana and her restaurant were featured on Netflix’s acclaimed documentary series Chef’s Table.
From Spritmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, Nilsson’s cooking style reflects the evolution of Nordic cuisine. His contemporary and innovative preparation methods have taken the world by storm, and his food is inspired by Sweden’s traditional peasant culture.
Chef patron of Otium in Los Angeles, Timothy earned his stripes at Thomas Keller’s famous Californian restaurant The French Laundry.
And finally from Moscow, Anton Kovalkov. Anton has a reputation for reinventing and challenging traditional Russian cuisine, and formerly worked in pioneering restaurant Fahrenheit.
Alyn said: “This is the first year that all of the guest chefs are coming to the restaurant from outside of the UK, making this CHEFstock very special indeed. I’m hugely excited to collaborate with Ana, Petter, Tim and Anton; to discover some new styles of cooking and ingredients and to design some entirely new dishes of my own. Expect each dinner to be totally different from the last.”
The CHEFstock dates are as follows:
Wednesday, June 7 – Petter Nilsson
Wednesday, June 14 – Ana Roš
Wednesday, June 21 – Anton Kovalkov
Wednesday, June 28 – Timothy Hollingsworth
Tickets cost £180 and include a glass of Pol Roger champagne, canapés, water, coffee, petit fours and service charge. To book, call the reservation line on: 020 7183 6426 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org