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.
This autumn we have an exciting lineup of chefs whose restaurants have both just won places in The Good Food Guide‘s coveted Top 50 restaurants list.
In October, Feast with a Chef will be returning to Oxfordshire, where Ryan Simpson and Liam Trotman, chef-owners of Orwells (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. 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 and Liam opened Orwells restaurant, inside an 18th-century pub, in 2010. Critically acclaimed by all the major guides and reviewers (including Kathryn Flett in The Telegraph – see home page), it has just been named Restaurant of the Year by The Good Food Guide 2017. Later this month Ryan will also 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.
In November, we’re returning to Bristol where Chris Harrod, Michelin-starred chef-owner of The Whitebrook, near Monmouth, will be cooking an Autumnal Foraged Feast. Chris trained with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir, and before that headed the kitchen at L’Ortolan, so we’re in for a treat. His gourmet four-course menu will include foraged seasonal goodies from the Wye Valley where his restaurant-with-rooms is based. Chris is closing his restaurant for the evening to be with us, so miss this exciting feast at your peril. SOLD OUT, PLEASE EMAIL TO GO ONTO THE WAITING LIST
cooked by Ryan Simpson & Liam Trotman
chef-owners Orwells Restaurant
Saturday 1st October 6.15pm
Kirtlington village hall, Oxfordshire OX5 3HJ
£48 (including £1.84 PayPal booking fee) for four courses plus canapes, coffee/tea and petits fours
AUTUMNAL FORAGED FEAST
cooked by by Chris Harrod
Michelin-starred chef-owner, The Whitebrook, near Monmouth
Friday 18th November at 6.15pm
Long Ashton village hall, Bristol BS41 9DP
£46 for four courses (including £1.77 PayPal booking fee)
plus coffee/tea and petits fours
SOLD OUT – WAITING LIST ONLY
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