Thursday, 24 March 2011

Margot's Kitchen is going Supper!

Thanks for choosing Margot's Kitchen Supper Club

I am so excited to announce my first supper club. For the opening week, I have invited the lovely Brazilian apprentice chef at elBulli's Gabriel Vidolin. Gabriel arrived 2 days ago and we haven't stopped since then. He has so many yummy ideas and as we work the menu together my mouth keeps watering. 

Gabriel is a highly experienced chef, with training in classical French cuisine as well as a stab at the culinary avant-garde experiments of the likes of the Catalan elBulli. His cookery roots, nevertheless, are firmly placed in his hometown, back in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Here is how Gabriel tells it:

“I started to work when I was 8 years old, in my mother’s ice-cream shop. It was also when my grandmother started to teach me how to cook. At the age of 16, I started a cookery course and went for hands-on training at Le Pré Catelan (a starred restaurant owned by the Lenôtre group), in Rio de Janeiro. The chef Roland Villard sent me to France to train at the Lenôtre pâtisserie, and I hit the world.”

Gabriel worked in highly prestigious restaurants, like the Michelin 3-star elBulli, the Spanish Mugaritz e El Poblet, and the Brazilian D.O.M. - all among the best 50 in the world. In 2008, he worked with the Aryanã Institute, in São Paulo, exploring the comfort and therapeutic value of food in treating emotional imbalance.  A year later, he created the Red Lion project in São João da Boa Vista (“my home, my sanctuary”). Set in a small house, the seasonal restaurant provides for a maximum of four people a night a sensorial journey through gastronomy based in traditional cooking. Another project he carries out in the state of Sao Paulo is a bi-monthly feast which brings together small local organic producers. (You can see some of Gabriel’s creations in here) 

Gabriel and I planning the menu first thing in the morning
Gabriel testing one of his recipe ideas
Dates: 1st and 2nd april are sold out! 8th and 9th April places available

Location: Willesden Green, NW2
Time: 7:30pm till 11:30pm
Price: £45 per person. BYO 

I hope you can come and join us in this evening that will be gastronomic heaven.

1 comment:

  1. Where are you, Margot? I miss your delicious recipes!
    Did you ran away to the elBulli?

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