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London’s top chefs reach for the sky

Star chefs takes over the London Eye to present truly haute cuisine

London’s top chefs reach for the sky

September 21 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

London isn’t running short of Michelin stars, racking up a record-breaking total of 53 earlier this year. But now the capital can lay claim to another stellar culinary coup, as it prepares to play host to the world’s very-first six-star Michelin restaurant.

Served 135 metres high in the London Eye, Pop-up in the Sky will run for four nights to mark the launch of the London Restaurant Festival – which runs from October 3-14. Each evening will feature three chefs (chosen from an all-star line-up of 12 who boast six Michelin stars between them) and each will cook a starter, main course or dessert, to be served in three kitted-out capsules that hold just 10 gastronomes each. As well as experiencing a night of high-altitude dining, epicureans at the exclusive event will then be treated to a boat ride across the Thames and a night’s stay at the recently restored Savoy.

Despite the challenging conditions, the chefs will still pull out all the stops, with Nuno Mendes of east London’s Viajante putting together an impressively experimental dish of yuzu crab, herbal broth and shimeji mushroom and L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan whipping up a dessert of roasted quince with damson and rosehip-infused buttermilk custard. Haute cuisine indeed.