London’s Hot New Chef

London is one of my favorite cities. The Food. The People. The Food. The Royals. The Food. The Music. The Food. The Humor. Oh and the Food. Don’t roll your eyes at me. London’s food scene is so much more than Fish & Chips and mushy peas.

To prove that. Creative Edge Culinary Council organized a dinner party, to introduce Chef Tom Sellers to New York diners. A free dinner and a man with an English accent? There really is a Santa Claus.

The dinner party was held at Creative’s Party space in the West Village. From the moment I walked into the room, I knew this evening was going to magical. Long tables with crisp white linens and candles, candles everywhere.

Each person either came with a guest or solo, but it didn’t matter. Everyone introduced themselves and made new friends.

The wine started flowing immediately and I decided to take a seat at the window, with a birds eye view of the entire room. I read the menu card that was tucked in my perfectly folded napkin and knew this was going to be a meal to remember.

 

FIRST COURSE – BURNT PINK ONIONS

The sweet onion had a smoky flavor and was floating in a sauce with grapes, gin and lemon thyme. OUTSTANDING.

 

SECOND COURSE – BEETROOT WITH SORREL AND HORSERADISH

I love beets and this dish was brilliant. The sweetness of the beets with the heat of the fresh horseradish, made my belly smile.

 

THIRD COURSE – PUMPKIN WITH GOATS BUTTTER, SMOKED HONEY AND LOVAGE

Words can’t describe how delicious this dish was. I honestly don’t know what Lovage is, but I think it’s love on a plate. 🙂

 

FOURTH COURSE – SCALLOPS WITH CUCUMBER, DILL AND CREAM

This work of art, took my breath away. The scallops were so fresh, they melted in my mouth. The cream sauce was as light as a cloud. Oh my word!!!

 

FIFTH COURSE – LAMB LOIN WITH RHUBARD, LETTUCE AND TURNIP

I don’t want to insult the Chef, but I don’t eat lamb. However, the presentation of this dish was so spot on, that I had to take a taste. The meat was cooked perfectly. It was moist, tender and lean. I moved my meat to the side and ate all my veggies. Forgive me Chef.

 

SIXTH COURSE – TOASTED WHEAT WITH MILK AND POMEGRANATE

This dessert was so unique and unlike anything I have ever eaten before. It was like a cross between a Panna Cotta, Pavlova and a Good Humor Toasted Almond Bar. Crazy…but in a good way. The Pomegranate sauce gave just enough tang, so the dessert or pudding as they say across the pond, wasn’t too sweet. He threw in Pomegranate seeds for a little crunch and texture. BRILLIANT.

SEVENTH COURSE – CHOCOLATE, YOGURT AND THYME

 

The grand finale was a chocolate mousse with a yogurt sauce and a hint of thyme. This decadent dessert was the perfection ending to the meal.

As you can see from these pictures, every dish was a work of art, and left me speechless. At the end, the Chef came out to take a bow and work  the room.

Here he is with a satisfied customer……My friend Helen.

Thank you Chef Tom Sellers, Creative Edge Culinary Council, Libby Andrews and the entire team for putting together a magical evening. I’d also like to thank my server, who was so memorable, I forgot his name. Sorry. 🙁 You kept my glass full and kept me laughing all night long.

 

Happiness, $25 and under.

 

P.S. Keep an eye out for Chef Sellers restaurant opening in London in the Fall.

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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating Cheapeatsinc.com. When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”

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