Six of Europe’s most celebrated chefs will each contribute a course to what is certain to be a banquet to remember next month – but a seat at the “once-in-a-lifetime” dinner comes with an appropriately hefty bill.
On 22 September, the 25 assembled gourmands will work their way through a monumental feast, with fine wines to pair. After being greeted with 2002 Moët & Chandon, the guests will then be treated to the following menu:
Cooked by Bjorn Frantzen: head chef and owner of Frantzen (three Michelin stars), Zen Frantzen (three Michelin stars), and the upcoming Frantzen at Harrods.
Tartar of tuna and red deer, caviar, cultured cream, wasabi, fermented apricots and warm ginger butter
Wine: Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Rose 2008
Cooked by Jason Atherton: head chef and owner of Pollen St. Social (one Michelin star), City Social (one Michelin star), and Harrods Social.
Line-caught Norwegian turbot, roe butter sauce and Wye Valley white asparagus
Wine: Chateau Haut Brion Blanc 2010
Fish course (round two)
Cooked by Tom Kerridge: head chef and owner of The Hand & Flowers (two Michelin stars), The Coach (one Michelin Star), and Kerridge’s Fish & Chips at Harrods.
Deep-fried native lobster, triple-cooked Chips and Oscietra caviar
Wine: Bonneau du Martray, Corton Charlemagne, 2010
Cooked by Dave Pynt: head Chef of Burnt Ends, Singapore (one Michelin star), and the upcoming Burnt Ends Harrods
Blackmore’s wagyu striploin, Bourgignon sauce, smoked potato puree, and bone marrow tarte tatin
Wine: Penfolds Grance, Australia, 2002
Cooked by Phil Khoury: head patisserie chef at Harrods
Aromatic wine and grape sorbets, granita, vanilla bean fool
Wine: Chateau d’Yquem, Sauternes 1986
Cooked by Angelo Musa: executive pastry chef at the Michelin-starred Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, World Pastry Champion 2003, Best Pastry Craftsman of France 2007 and head patisserie at Angelo Musa at Harrods
Costa d’Amalfi Vanilla-Lemon Soufflé, Lemon-Almond Sorbet with a dash of Lemon Marmalade and Lemon Italian Sablé
Cognac: Louis XIII, served from Methuselah trolley
Ashley Saxton, director of restaurants at Harrods, said: “Gathering these six visionaries – who are the absolute top of the culinary world – together for one night was no easy feat. However, they were happy to come and celebrate their style of cooking and to prepare a meal together in London’s most iconic setting, and in aid of a fantastic cause.”
Though the menu is exceptionally rich in both senses of the world, with one seat costing £2,500, it’s not just mindless gluttony. All proceeds go to Refettorio Felix at St. Cuthbert, that, as part of chef Massimo Bottura’s Food for Soul network, provides meals for vulnerable Londoners.
For those with the means to attend, ticket enquiries for the Harrods Table can be made via www.harrods.com.