Taste of London, Regent's Park 2016
Taste of London opened with a bang! Mouth-watering dishes were served, delicious cocktails were drunk, Pierre Koffmann was joined by protéges Marco Pierre White, Bruno Loubet, Eric Chavot and more to celebrate his 50 years in the industry and members of the England Cricket team even made an appearance –cooking up a storm at the AEG Taste Theatre!
The cream of London’s restaurant industry packed the VIP Lounge for the Evening Standard London Restaurant Awards, presented by Stanley Tucci, The Woodford was crowned the Champagne Laurent-Perrier London Restaurant of the Year.
Congratulations also to Trishna for winning #BestinTaste with their divine Aloo Chat dish. Honourable mention goes to runners up Theo Randall at the Intercontinental and Molé Taco Bar.
Thursday saw sister duo Hemsley + Hemsley take to the Whole Foods Market Kitchen stage where they shared their tips on the art of eating well and on balancing nutrition with great taste. Those who were luckily enough to get a place at our brand new #SecretService took part in masterclasses with the likes of two Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw. As day turned to night, delectable cocktails were served – Bulleit’s Peach and Mint Julep warmed the stomach whilst Sipsmith’s London Cup was the perfect accompaniment to the summer’s evening. Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty joined The Wine Show’s Joe Fattorini to discuss wine and food pairings.
Visitors to Friday’s Taste session witnessed Club Gascon’s Pascal Aussignac re-create fine French food with a modern twist at the DS Automobiles: Avant-Garde Theatre. Word spread of the incredible burgers coming from the Action Against Hunger 5 Star Restaurant, we couldn’t decide a favourite between Gizzi Erskine’s Cauliflower veggie burger or Jason Atherton’s ‘ultimate lamb burger’. At the AEG Taste Theatre Masterchef winner Ping Coombes brought her harem of Harrods chefs to to cook Japanese-inspired dim sum and sushi. Monica Galetti wowed visitors with her frozen Apricot parfait, whilst Ember Yard’s Ben Tish rustled up a stunning roasted Halibut with Spanish ham and the charming José Pizarro cooked a Basque dish of merluza en salsa verde.
Across the weekend many visitors enjoyed the very popular Entertaining at Home masterclass with Champagne Laurent-Perrier and The Grill at The Dorchester, see our Periscope to get a flavour of this luxury experience. We also welcomed The Dairy’s Robin Gill on the AEG Taste Theatre, as well as Peter Gordon from The Providores to name a few. Award-winning Ryan Chetti from Dandelyan fame taught us about cocktails and more on The Wine & Spirits Theatre. The queues gathered at the Duck & Waffle stand to try the Golden Graham’s soft serve, and many were blown away by the sensational vegetarian food coming from Andrew Dargue’s Vanilla Black. The Sharps’ Beer Confessional saw the repentant among us confess our beer sins, and visitors were entertained by musical musings at the Taste of London Bandstand in association with Coffee House Sessions.
If you enjoyed Taste of London in Regent’s Park why not buy Advanced Tickets to the festive edition in Tobacco Dock this November? We are offering £12 weekday and £15 weekend tickets. See world-class chefs, taste fantastic food and drink, and shop the Christmas market for culinary gifts this winter at Taste of London: The Festive Edition.