Chef Eats Out, in partnership with Udale Speciality Foods, is back by popular demand and heading to Tom Brown’s Cornerstone in Hackney, London, on Wednesday 5 September.
Since opening in April this year, the debut restaurant from this Nathan Outlaw protégé has been what everyone is talking about, including The Times food critic Giles Coren, who awarded it nine out of 10 and wrote: “The cooking at Cornerstone is out of this world – confident, brilliant and beautiful.”
Named after Brown’s favourite Arctic Monkeys song, the restaurant in Prince Edward Road has been designed by east London-based architect Holland Harvey.
The kitchen is at the centre of the 46-seat restaurant, with a counter bar seating 11. Key features include a 10-seater table made from 5,000-year-old oak salvaged from a river in Croatia, and a lounge area.
Originally from Cornwall, Brown worked for Outlaw for six years, starting at Outlaws at St Enodoc hotel in Rock, Cornwall, before moving to the Capital hotel in London in 2016, where he won a Michelin star.
There is no doubt that Brown’s cooking is heavily influenced by Outlaw, and he is adamant his style of simply executed food will not change with his new venture, telling The Caterer in an interview in May: “I love that confidence in the produce to say ‘look, all this needs is that touch there and that is it’. The balance, the flavour – it’s so special and so unique.”
Brown picked up a coveted Acorn Award last year and will be appearing for the second time on BBC Two’s Great British Menu, which begins later this month.
Tickets are priced at £55 for a six-course menu, including Cornerstone G&T and matched wine. Spaces are limited to just 40 places.
The event will begin at 12.30pm for welcome drinks courtesy of Cornish distillery the Wrecking Coast, followed by lunch and a tour of the kitchen. The event is expected to finish at 3.30pm.
“I am thrilled to be hosting Chef Eats Out in September,” said Tom Brown. “We’ve been open for nearly four months now and have had amazing support from the industry.
“For the menu, I’ve selected six of Cornerstone’s most popular dishes and personal favourites of mine. It’s a real honour to cook for chefs who might not have visited us yet and those returning! I am very excited to showcase what we do to our guests and The Caterer.”
• Pickled Porthilly Oysters with horseradish, celery and dill
• Cured gurnard with almonds, grapes and sherry vinegar
• Potted shrimp crumpet with fennel and gherkins
• Plaice with roast chicken butter sauce
• Squid, pork belly, citrus fruits and brown butter
• Apricot and lemon thyme pavlova
* Please note the menu may be subject to change.
Cornerstone G&T supplied by the Wrecking Coast Destillery
How to book
To secure a place at this unique event, at a cost of £55 per person, click here. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis with preference given to chefs and smaller parties. Requests to reserve place(s) must be made no later 22 August 2018.