It was a very wet day in London for this year’s visit to Taste London, was not overly sure about going to a Food Festival in a muddy park. Luckily, by the time we got there, the rain had gone and sun came out.
The rain didn’t seem to put the crowds off as the place was thronged. All the cooking classes and demos were full from what I could see. On chatting with some chefs and restauranters, they were all a bit disappointed with the weather and turn out, so obviously sales were slow.
Now if you haven’t been to Taste London before, what you have is a lot of tents with some of London’s top restaurants serving small tasters of their best creations. Interspered between these are cooking demonstrations, again by celebrity chefs and some stands with small food producers. It is heaven for chef groupies, of which we saw a lot. It was really funny to watch as Michel Roux being set upon by a group of young girls who practically went ballistic when they saw him. Scary stuff.
Rene Redzepi of Noma fame autographing his new book.
Met a very old friend Bernard who owns Kai in Mayfair. We sampled their amazing lamb dish which was served with some Malaysian achar pickled vegetables and a chip which is actually friend carrot/radish cake . Kai is known for Chinese fine dining but as most of Kai’s chefs are from Malaysia, the dishes have a Malaysian twist to them. It seems they sold thousands of those lamb chops.
Francesco Mazzei’s L’anima was serving up some stunning wild mushroom fetucinne.
Sampling Italian wines with the Design Wines guys.
Finding a supplier for smoked mozarella who will deliver in London.
If you want to sample some of London’s top eateries in one place and maybe meet the celeb chefs behind the restaurants, then Taste London is the ultimate eating experience . If you are not a chef groupie and don’t fancy paying top dollar to eat off paper plates in a muddy park, then avoid.