British cuisine shines

London revels in hosting Relais & Chateaux’s Dîner des Grand Chefs

ConfirmingLondon’s respected position on the world’s culinary stage, one of the biggestevents of the gourmet calendar will take place in the heart of the City onApril 22. Converging on the capital, 45 grand chefs from Relais & Chateaux establishments in 12 different countries will create a dinner entitled The World’sKitchen by the Thames, which will draw on the best of British produce, toraise money for the chosen charity of the evening, Action Against Hunger.

Judging bythe success of the previous dinners at Versailles and in New York, this year’sevent will make gastronomic history. In what was formerlythe world’s largest fish market, Old Billingsgate, with views onto the RiverThames, 600 guests will enjoy 15 different, original menus from some of thegreatest chefs of our time, who will create the dinner as a live performance. Dishes (expect Cornish lobster or Devonshire brown cock crab, Scottishscallops and Aberdeen Angus beef) will be paired with vintage Pommery champagne.


Great Britain will be represented by Le Manoiraux Quat’Saison’s Raymond Blanc, Andrew Fairlie of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie,Hibiscus’s Claude Bosi and Martin Burge of Whatley Manor, while chefs fromabroad, spread over several continents, will include PeterTempelhoff (The Collection by Liz McGrath, South Africa), Patrick O’Connell(The Inn at Little Washington, USA) and Lanshu Chen (Le Moût Restaurant, Taiwan).

During theevening, a silent auction will be held, with proceeds going to support Action Against Hunger.


Although themenus remain under wraps, it would be hard to find a better place for dinner than this on the evening before St George’sDay – celebrating the best of British produce in the hands of thebest chefs in the world.