Thomas and me were recently invited to the wonderfully prestigious black tie event, the “Cateys” at Grosvenor house Hotel in London, along with a great personal friend, Jose Souto. Jose is a legend. He is Senior Larder Chef Lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College in London. We all had a fantastic night, the guests numbered 1300 people and I have to say that the food was very very good and beautifully put together.
The menu was devised by 2013 Menu of the Year Catey award winner, Gary Usher, Chef-Owner of the “Sticky Walnut” Restaurant in Chester, Check out www.stickywalnut.com
- Flamed & tartar of mackerel, apple & grape
- Braised Jacobs ladder, broad bean & tomato salsa (this was fantastic rich sauce, beautifully cooked ladders)
- Raspberry mousse, almond frangipane and honeycomb
- The Balvenie happy wheels demo Caribbean Cask, happy wheels demo aged 14 years
- Coffee & petit fours
It was prepared by Nigel Boschetti, the Grosvenor House Executive Chef and his brigade along with Michael Wong & Luke Richardson from the Sticky Walnut.
It was a fantastic night; we met several old friends and made a few new ones too. Lots of highlights such as the Restaurateur of the Year – Independent, Jason Atherton. After recently living in Jersey for the past 4 years, I was really pleased to see that the Hotel of the Year – Independent, was the, Atlantic hotel in Jersey, I’ve been a big fan of Mark Jordan’s food. The International Outstanding Achievement Award was given to Nobu restaurant, and chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, a true culinary god no more words are necessary.
It all culminated with the Lifetime Achievement Award won by William Baxter, another industry changing huge and incredibly respected personality.