Flynn McGarry takes up residence at London’s Carousel

The American wonder-chef is making his UK debut this month

Prodigy chef Flynn McGarry, who as a teenager apprenticed at top US restaurants
Prodigy chef Flynn McGarry, who as a teenager apprenticed at top US restaurants

Flynn McGarry could be described as the Mozart of the pass: at the age of 11, he worked his way through The French Laundry Cookbook; at 12, he was running a supper club out of his mother’s home in Los Angeles; and as a teenager, he apprenticed at Eleven Madison Park, Alinea, Next and Alma. Now, at 20, he’s taking a “vacation” from his much acclaimed Lower East Side restaurant Gem to take up a 12-day residency at London’s Carousel.

The 20-year-old has a 12-day residency at Marylebone restaurant Carousel
The 20-year-old has a 12-day residency at Marylebone restaurant Carousel

From July 30 to August 10, McGarry will serve a six-course tasting menu (£49.50 a head) featuring lightly pickled mackerel with grilled cucumber and gooseberries; grilled baby corn with egg yolk and ’nduja; summer squash and nectarines with mussel sauce and fried quinoa; broad beans in smoked lamb broth with fried capers and lovage; dairy cow with tomato, grilled nectarine and smoked pepper and savoury paste; and bee pollen semifreddo dipped in caramelised white chocolate with beeswax snow and honey crumble. 

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Carousel, which pioneered the concept of restaurant residencies, has hosted 150 different chefs since it opened five years ago. McGarry – who was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential teenagers and is the subject of a film that debuted at Sundance Film Festival – is the hot ticket for the summer.

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