So yesterday when I got my email instructions re my tickets for the Mastercard Gourmet Theatre at the Food Wine Design Fair at Hyde Park Corner, the great gal Kirsty wrote “Come hungry” (referring to the need for an appetite because of all the great food on offer). As if I need to be told! I am mostly often hungry, and simply don’t eat ALL THE TIME because I’m now trying to lose weight.
Asking me to come with an appetite is like asking me to come, so it’s with an appetite I went to the Gourmet Theatre. These days, it’s not often I eat fine restaurant foods. Years ago, when I worked at a food magazine, I used to eat lots of food by brilliant chefs (and sometimes, I couldn’t really pronounce what I was eating). So it was awesome to be in a chef’s kitchen, so to speak, watching the awesome Luke Dale-Roberts cooking a three -course meal for us.
There’s something adrenaline-filled about watching chefs cooking a three-course meal, but instead of Gordon Ramsay-like tension and swearing, there was calm, precision and order as we watched chefs preparing our food. On the menu were “buck shot” (springbok tataki, duck liver parfait, lentil and truffle salsa with a beetroot reduction), panfried beef fillet with green beans, wild mushrooms and a black pepper and truffle “cafe au lait”, and butternut and orange semifreddo with chocolate pretzel crumble, and bourbon-buttered apple with nutmeg milk foam.
Minus the duck liver parfait (I don’t eat organs), I ate everything. Because it would have been a shame not to. And because it was amazing. And there were great people at the table, and lovely cocktails and wine, and I had a wonderful night out after another tiring week.
It must be said that your old mom is certainly not the party die-hard she used to be – after a beeeg dinner even walking around the stalls at the fair was exhausting. So I’ll probably go back on the weekend to browse and buy. And obviously I’ll go with an appetite.
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