August brings a quiet city and a seat on the train – hurrah it’s holiday season!
More importantly it brings beautiful big cherries from the ‘Garden of England’, Kent, along with lots of damsons and soft fruit. The raspberries have started to show in my garden and one of my favourite summer puds is freshly picked raspberries, mixed up with broken meringue, mascarpone cheese and a large splash of Marsala! A perfect post lunch lazy summer pudding!
Last month I told you all about our very first Lex School of Talent Apprentice, Louise Roberts, getting down to the last two for the Chef Stagiaire Award. There were over 40 entries in the preliminary stages, then down to 10 semi-finalists cooking in some of the best Michelin houses in the UK, culminating in Louise cooking at Heston’s Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental for a full week and then finally presenting her original dish. Well…..are you ready? She only went and won it! She’s won a money can’t buy prize of a spending two weeks at Joel Robuchon Las Vegas, then a further two weeks at the Six Senses, Zighy Bay, Oman. WOW!
It’s so rewarding for us all here at Lexington to see the young guys flourish and grow in confidence – it makes me incredibly proud to see them shine and become names in the next generation of chefs. Louise Roberts is a name to look out for in the future – you heard it here first!
That just leaves me to say… get on that beach, enjoy that sun and see you back in September.
Eat, Sleep, Love