Welcome to Feast with a Chef, which brings great food cooked by Britain’s top chefs to the simple and friendly surroundings of a village hall. We’re lucky enough to have been cooked dinners by a star-studded lineup of chefs including Michael Wignall, Ottolenghi’s head chef Ramael Scully, David Everitt-Matthias, Richard Davies, Emily Watkins, Matt Gillan, MasterChef Pro winner Steven Edwards, John Campbell, Silla Bjerrum, Will Holland and Nathan Outlaw. All have been sellouts. Most feasts have been in Long Ashton near Bristol, but we’ve also run feasts in Abergavenny (as part of the Food Festival) and in Oxford (to launch Ottolenghi’s NOPI Cookbook).
Great food deserves great wines so we ask a local wine expert to select wines of varying prices to match the evening’s menu and we sell them, plus local ciders, beers and juices, at our licensed bar. Scroll down to read what both chefs and diners thought of the overall village hall feast experience.
In October, Feast with a Chef will be returning to Oxfordshire, where Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, chef-owners of Orwells at Shiplake (pictured above) will cook a four-course Harvest Feast. The gourmet feast, in the pretty village of Kirtlington six miles north of Oxford, will celebrate autumn’s wonderful larder, including vegetables from Orwells’ allotment. Ryan and Liam have become known for their planet-friendly approach to cooking – as you can see from the article on the home page - and have a 3-star rating from The Sustainable Restaurant Association. They’re particularly passionate about saving our bees, vital to pollinate our food crops, so the feast will include a special dessert using honey from the chefs’ beehives, as well as other apian surprises. During dinner the pair will outline why they believe it’s as important to deliver sustainability as delicious food.
Ryan’s name may be familiar to some of you as former head chef at The Goose at Britwell Salome in Oxfordshire which won a Michelin star after just 18 months. He cut his culinary teeth in several three-Michelin-starred restaurants in France including the renowned Maison Troisgros. Ryan and Liam opened Orwells restaurant, inside an 18th-century pub, in 2010. It has been acclaimed by all the major guides, and was recently included in Tatler magazine’s Best of Britain restaurant selection. This autumn Ryan will be appearing on BBC One’s Yes Chef alongside previous Feast with a Chef chefs Nathan Outlaw and Matt Gillan, so he’s definitely a chef to watch!
How to book
Payment through PayPal using the form below will secure you a seat. Your PayPal receipt is your acknowledgement of purchase and is your ticket – no other ticket will be issued. Guests will receive joining instructions one week before a feast. No refunds can be given. If you are vegetarian, please indicate this at time of booking so chef can come prepared – requests on the night cannot be accommodated. (If vegetarian please state if you eat fish). Due to the pop-up nature of the feasts and to keep ticket prices down, we regret chefs cannot make special dishes to suit other dietary requirements. If you’re part of a group please indicate this clearly (stating lead name) so we seat you together.
What’s been cooking
ABOUT FEAST WITH A CHEF
The idea of Feast with a Chef is to provide top-notch food in a setting that’s friendly, relaxed and affordable – so where better than a village hall? We call it ‘Fine dining without the starch.’ How did it all start? As a food writer I interview a lot of top chefs. Keen to make first-class food available to a wider audience, I asked some I knew if they’d be willing to cook pop-up Feasts in village halls. Happily they agreed, and at Halloween 2013 2-Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall got the ball rolling by cooking a feast for 150 in the village hall in Long Ashton, near Bristol. Since then many more have cooked amazing feasts. If there are chefs you think we should invite – or if you’re a top-drawer chef and fancy cooking for us – do get in touch.
Feast with a Chef, 36 Royal Albert Road, Bristol BS6 7NY
Illustrations by Ann Edwards www.annedwardsart.co.uk
Nathan Outlaw photography by Tania Richards; Dawn Chorus Feast photographs by Ingrid Kvale & Tania Richards; Will Holland by Phil Chisnall; Scully (NOPI cookbook Feast) by Stuart Ovenden; Matt Gillan (Michaelmas Feast) by Roger Menaldino; John Campbell and Steven Edwards by Chris Speller; Scully and Richard Davies by Ingrid Kvale; Matt Gillan and Silla Bjerrum by Stephanie Chadwick; Emily Watkins by Jeff Hargreaves; Michael Wignall and David Everitt-Matthias by Charlotte Scott