Sunday, 17 February 2013

The butcher, the baker, the candle stick maker


Four men in a tub,

And who do you think they be?

The Wandering Chef, the Thinkers Balcony, the Candle Stick Maker and Salvation Jane’s very own Head Chef, Tim.
All put out to sea.

It wasn’t a sailing expedition that brought these four whimsically named* men together last Saturday night, but a culinary one, “Supper Club Saloon”, to celebrate the launch of Melba.
*Note to Tim: come up with a quirky alias like… the “Kiwi Chef”?

For one night only, Salvation Jane turned her kitchen over to chefs who regularly host their own Supper Clubs and Pop Ups in venues throughout London. The challenge for these lone rangers was to collaboratively devise a four course menu and cook along side each other for 50 guests. 

There were quite a few Masterchef moments

But on the whole the chefs kept their cool, no one sliced a finger off, and the punters devoured every morsel.

If I had to pick a winner, I’d say it was the Kiwi Chef with his starter. A home side advantage, or a biased judge?

Hake and Kaffir Lime Fish Cakes with Nam Jim Dipping Sauce and Asian 
Herb Salad

The other dishes on the Asian themed menu:

The Candle Stick Maker's 
"Salamagundi in the 21st Century - A Many Component Salad"

The Wandering Chef's "Duck Soup"

The Thinker's Balcony dessert "Kunderian Lightness and Weight 
Bee's Galangal Ice Cream"

Thank you to all the chefs, diners and Melba for a wonderful night.

Thank you also to Antonia Pena for many of these photographs.