January 16 2013
Combining the culinary talents of 20 of London’s top chefs, Who’s Cooking Dinner is a blind date with a twist: the identity of the cook for each table of 10 is only revealed during a draw at the pre-meal reception. Until then, guests are left guessing as to whether they’ll be tucking into the medieval-inspired meat-fruit creations of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal chef Ashley Palmer-Watts, a black Angus rib-eye with oxtail and charred eggplant by Jason Atherton or Pierre Koffmann’s famed pistachio soufflé.
Based in the glamorous environs of the Four Seasons Park Lane, the March 4 event is the brainchild of restaurateurs Chris Corbin (The Ivy, Le Caprice, Brasserie Zédel) and Peter Gordon (The Providores, Tapa Room). Each year since 1999, they have called on the likes of Mark Hix, Claude Bosi, Richard Corrigan, Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing to prepare meals in aid of UK-based charity Leuka. To date, they have raised an impressive £4m for research into leukaemia and other blood cancers.
The night’s novel format sees each chef preparing a Michelin-starred six-course menu of both new and signature dishes with accompanying wines, served by their own maître d’ and wine sommelier, before settling down to have a post-prandial tête-à-tête with guests at their table.
The evening ends with the prospect of another unique epicurean experience (and the ultimate in dinner-party desirability). Each chef has agreed to be auctioned off, and will cook an intimate dinner for 10 in the home of the highest bidder.