Marcus Wareing is a very busy man. You’d think it was hard enough running his eponymous two-Michelin-star restaurant at The Berkeley in London, plus his more recent venture, The Gilbert Scott at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. But the likeable chef has taken on two more projects: elegant evening events at the St Pancras, and one rather more punchy, philanthropic venture.
Up to 10 fortunate guests at the first of these – A Victorian Voyage with Marcus Wareing – will be treated to a soirée of sophistication starting with an eight-course dinner at The Gilbert Scott’s arc-shaped Kitchen Table (pictured), and followed by a night in one of the hotel’s Chambers Suites. The Kitchen Table is at the centre of the action, from which diners will be able to watch Wareing’s team create its take on seasonal British Victorian classics, including Dorset crab, Kentish cobnuts and apple, and roasted peaches, flapjack and crème fraîche ice cream – all talked through by Wareing himself (who will also give guests signed copies of his latest cookbook) and washed down with English sparkling wine. With access to the grandiose surroundings of the Chambers Club included, it will be difficult to refuse coffee, tea and snacks here before retiring – via the iconic staircase – to a Chambers Suite (with a wealth of original Victorian features such as high ceilings, arched windows, oval baths and mantlepieces).
Twenty-four-hour butler service is also included, as are refreshments, drinks, breakfast, use of the St Pancras Spa, VIP Eurostar transfers and – for the gents in the party – a wet shave at Melogy, the hotel’s male grooming salon. And for those who’d like to feast their eyes on more of the fabulousness that is the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Royden Stock, in-house historian, will give a tour and tell tales of its past.
Wareing’s second new venture is very different, and takes him out of the heat of the kitchen into the even more fiery boxing ring. On September 20, he and about two dozen colleagues are fighting at “Rumble in the Kitchen” at the Royal Automobile Club. The chef and his fellow boxers will each slug it out for three two-minute rounds in aid of Galvin’s Chance, the Hilton’s programme that provides disadvantaged 18- to 24-year-olds not in education or employment the chance to train in the hospitality industry. Wareing is not new to the sport, but hasn’t stepped into the ring for more than 20 years. Even if you’ve never experienced his delicious cooking, you might want to sponsor him (see details below).
Tickets to the big fights on the night have already sold out, but there are some tickets available to view the event via live stream at Aura Mayfair, with drinks and canapés, plus the chance of seeing the boxers after their fights. They’ll probably need a large slug of something by then.