Have you ever wondered how a chef makes the transition from being part of someone else’s brigade to being the Name on the Door? Well, nowadays one route might include running informal supper clubs in their own home and cooking for private clients.
Gabriel Waterhouse is a young chef who is making that transition. Having trained with Herbert Berger at the Innholders and cooked for the Galvin brothers at Galvin La Chapelle, he is now running one of the ‘five best supper clubs in London’ (Evening Standard). Herbert Berger has cooked several memorable meals for us and Galvin La Chapelle holds 2 Michelin Stars so Gabriel’s cooking is unlikely to disappoint. Stephanie and Alan Shepherd recently attended one of his supper clubs, and were most impressed.
On Friday 2nd December Gabriel will be cooking for IWFS members at the Cafe from Crisis on Commercial Street.
The charity Crisis has become a household name through its flagship programme ‘Crisis at Christmas’. But the charity works with the homeless, ex-offenders and others year round helping them get back on their feet. They run several training cafes around the country where their clients can receive training in hospitality skills. After hours they make their cafes available for events such as ours.
The Menu will be:
Heritage beetroot salad, goats curd and caramelised walnuts with home-made sourdough raisin bread
Smoked haddock risotto with a soft-boiled quails egg, English mustard sauce
Roast quail with braised red cabbage, pickled cranberries and parsley root purée
Chilled Valrhona chocolate fondant Raisins soaked in white wine, banana and yoghurt ice cream
Androuet seasonal cheeses, Home-made grape chutney
Coﬀee and petit fours
The Wines, which have been chosen by Jeffrey Benson and Peter Diamond, are:
Champagne Aperitif: Cuvée de Reserve 1er Cru, Hébrart
Chablis Vaillons 1er Cru, Domaine Barat, 2008
Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Font de Michelle, 2006 en Magnum
Château Rieussec 2006
Our particular thanks to Peter Diamond for donating the dessert wine.
Details of this event were also given in the 3rd quarter programme and in Food and Wine, so please do not book again if you have already done so.
This year we will also be opening our Christmas Dinner to IWFS members from other branches, so please book early to be sure of a place.