A team of award-winning chefs are preparing for a unique event to be held on October 4th which will enable diners to take part in a live, interactive cooking and fine dining experience.
London Kitchen Social Live will be held at the Bella Vita Academy in East London when a seven-course tasting menu will be cooked and prepared in front of up to 50 guests by some of the capital’s top chefs.
Believed to be the first event of its kind in London, dishes will be created live by Anthony Raffo from Auberge du Lac; private Cordon Bleu chef Daniel Britten; winner of the BBC’s Big Family Cook Off, Lorna Nanda Gangotra; Baxterstorey Executive Group Hospitality Chef, Chris Terry; and Dave Pigram, Executive Chef of David Pigram Bespoke Dining.
London Kitchen Social Founder Majella O’Connor, who is also company director and lead photographer at Pavlova & Cream, came up with the idea of providing a unique cooking demonstration and fine dining experience in response to demand from food and cooking enthusiasts keen to learn from the experts whilst sampling some new, imaginative and original dishes. Her good friend and business associate, Dave Pigram, immediately offered his support for the idea and between them, the idea became a reality.
London Kitchen Social Founder Majella O’Connell comments: “After an assignment at San Sebastian Gastronomika, I was inspired by seeing queues of eager chefs waiting in line to see their favourite chefs and actually get to taste their food. I then had this ‘very bonkers idea’ to hold a similar event. Luckily for me, Dave saw something in my idea and pledged his support. We are incredibly excited about this unique and ground-breaking event”
“We finally decided to put some plans into action and hope it will be popular with both chefs attracted by the techniques of those they respect and admire and food lovers and suppliers who really just want to see and taste for themselves how ingenious dishes are created,” she adds.
The array of dishes to be prepared for the event will include seasonal foraged ingredients, unusual cooking techniques and plenty of adventurous flavour combinations, combined with a pinch of ahead-of-the-curve trends.
The live cooking and dining event aims to inspire and delight, with good food that pushes the boundaries of taste being the common interest among guests attending.
London Kitchen Social exists mainly to provide inspiration and support for up and coming chefs, so limited number of tickets will be offered free to colleges involved in hospitality and culinary arts in the Greater London area.
Sponsors of the event include Purple Carrot Recruitment, RAK Porcelain Europe who will provide the finishing touches with a collection of stunning bowls, Surrey Hills Butchers who will supply some of their meat and Seahawk Marine who will be providing the fish for one of the courses.
London Kitchen Social Live takes place from 4.30pm to 9pm at the Bella Vita Academy, 11c Dock Street, London E1 on Thursday 4th October 2018. Tickets costing £35 per head can be booked via Eventbrite : https://londonkitchensocial-live.eventbrite.co.uk
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About London Kitchen Social
London Kitchen Social brings chefs and brands together through creativity and a different style of networking. It exists to provide an affordable platform for new and emerging chefs, as well as other producers and developers in the food industry, to showcase their work through top quality photography.
The scheme gives chefs along with other artisans and producers, a chance to have their creations photographed by Majella in a studio kitchen setting for an allotted time. The studio hired includes full cooking facilities and access to props while Majella gives advice on presentation and how to make food photogenic. The end result is a selection of at least 20 head-turning images which can be used on any online platform from social media to websites. She then goes on to showcase the images on her own considerable digital channels to maximise exposure.
By hiring a studio with full cooking facilities and near to a props store for the day and shooting each client in two-hour time slots, costs are kept to a minimum but the result is a set of at least 20 head-turning images which can be used for career development, promotion and to showcase on social media.
For the first time, London Kitchen Social is running London Kitchen Social Live.
About Majella O’Connell
Majella is a London-based food and lifestyle photographer who is known in the industry for creating stunning high-quality images. After travelling the world for 12 years, she developed a passion for photography and went on to take a formal Photography course at a London college, obtaining four distinctions. She has been commissioned by a wealth of high profile food and restaurant clients including Anjula Devi, Tim Allen's Flitch of Bacon and Tamarind Mayfair to name but a few. She has also worked alongside such chefs as Daniel Clifford, Daniel Britten, Connor J Lowry, Jay Marjoria and others. Majella’s other area of expertise is digital marketing which she utilises for both herself and a number of prestigious clients including a leading London caterer, restaurants and hotels. She is also a freelance photo-journalist specialising in food publications including features on Gelinaz in Austria and the San Sebastian Gastronomika.
About Dave Pigram
Dave knew from an early age that he wanted to be a chef. After leaving school he attended the Colchester Institute to gain his level 2 & 3 in catering and hospitality, whilst at college he also worked at a restaurant called The White Hart, owned by Michel Roux.
After finishing school, he moved to the USA to work in Keswick Hall in Virginia and then to Australia to work in a restaurant called Pier.
Next he was off to Australia, where he worked in a restaurant called Pier, which opened his eyes to a whole new world of cooking and he fell in love with kitchen life all over again. The simple perfection of every dish still excites him.
After that he moved to England and worked at Michelin starred Reads in Kent, where a lot of their own produce was grown. The shiny lights of London beckoned where Dave ran a kitchen in a hotel called Montague on the Gardens.
From here he moved to the corporate world and worked for JP Morgan cooking for the directors. At One Moorgate Place he took on his first role of Executive chef.
In 2014, he moved to a new role to open a brand new venue, a luxury retreat with two restaurants, eco pods and a banqueting suite. All produce was grown on site as well as housing its own pigs chickens and ducks and using superfoods to create an exciting new style.
He also worked with Harbour & Jones as Executive Head Chef at the Royal Society, where he developed the food offer, changed kitchen practices and built a durable team.
The role enabled him to work not only at The Royal Society but also lead events such as the launch of Wonderlab at the National Science Museum – where he engineered levitating foods, live n2 freezing stations, and reverse spherification, winning the Event Caterer of the Year. The show-stopping piece was a live edible painting relating to various work created by Ai Weiwei, this included broken vases, Lego, paints and paintbrushes.
The element keeping him in love with food and his job is the fact that every day can be different; new produce, new challenges, new techniques and trends. He always sticks to treating produce with great respect and letting flavours speak for themselves.
Dave launched Dave Pigram Bespoke Dining in June 2018 to share his love of preparing innovative, great tasting food with a wider audience.
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