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Supper clubs – Are they here to stay?

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Supper clubs were on trend a few years ago, but with more and more popping up year on year, but are they here to stay?

The UK supper club scene has grown year on year with its secretive roots now hitting the mainstream. The pop up restaurant movement began 10 years ago in New York and London, and grew out of a want for everyday people to have a chance to taste creative food at a reasonable price.

Back when it all began and partly due their legality, supper clubs were secretive, almost like a speakeasy, with the venue only being released hours before the event took place. A few years into the movement, high profile chefs started to get involved and pop ups where taking place at renowned venues such as Harvey Nichols. When the economic crash happened supper clubs went back to their frugal roots and took more of an intimate stance with food start-ups popping up restaurants at their homes.

Today we almost see a supper club in every UK city. Word has got out into the wider sphere and venues are now specially designed for chefs to ‘pop up’ at. The trend is moving towards people taking more time to enjoy food and making an evening of it. And supper clubs are the perfect antidote for that.

What do you think? Have you done a ‘pop up’?

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Hygge – What is it?

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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The Danish lifestyle trend has hit London big time. It’s the largest publishing trend this year with cookbooks full of warming Scandi recipes flying of the shelves. But what does it mean? Hygge (hoo-gah) translated means appreciating yourself and others. It can be interpreted into anything from cooking, baking, candlelight dinners, wearing wooly jumpers in front of the fire – generally just being very cosy! In fact another way to describe the word is an elevated state of cosiness. This cosy lifestyle is definitely not a fan of sugar free or gluten free, in fact it’s all about cinnamon buns and Danish pastries!

Hygge hotspot in London – Fika Bar and Kitchen in Brick Lane, ScandiKitchen in Great Titchfield Street, Fabrique at Geffrye Street and Nordic Bakery, which has three branches in W1. (fikalondon.com, scandikitchen.co.uk, fabrique.co.uk, nordicbakery.com)

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Kerb’s 4th Birthday

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Street food has been gaining popularity year on year with the likes of renowned chefs now taking to vans to provide hungry Londoners with top-notch food. Heading up the movement was KERB founder Petra Barran who created this foodie community in 2012. Petra started out in the mobile food game herself, with Britain’s only dedicated chocolate van. She loved being on the road so much and the sense of community she gained from it, that she later decided to start a community of her own – the aim to grow a new and exciting street food life in London.

Beginning with just 8 stallholders, KERB has now grown to over 5 sites across London and hosts up to 70 traders. Those that were there at the start include: BAOBleecker St. BurgerYou DoughnutPizza PilgrimsYum BunBaba G’s Bhangra BurgerSites now include – Peckham, Hackney Wick, Southbank, the Gherkin, Paddington, West India Quay, and now Camden. To celebrate their 4th year KERB threw a massive party at their Kings cross sight. Check out KERB’s website for more info…

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The YBF Awards

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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The Young British Foodie Awards are all about shining a light on new British talent in the food and drink world. Now in it’s 5th year the awards celebrate creativity and innovation at grass roots level. Set up by three friends, Amy Thorne of Taste PR, food journalist Chloe Scott-Moncrief and baker extraordinaire Lily Jones (Lily Vanilli), categories include Front of House, Chefs, Street Food and Baking to name a few.

This year saw the awards take place at the gorgeously regal Searcy’s Champagne bar  in Knightsbridge. The evening began with some deliciously fruity cocktails from London based distillery Kamms and Sons.  Alice Levine and Lauran Jackson, from supper club fame Jackson and Levine, headed up the proceedings by presenting the awards. After all the excitement guests were lead upstairs where an array of canapés awaited them. And they didn’t last long!

MUNCHIES, vice’s food channel were in charge of the roof terrace and it didn’t disappoint. There was a whisky punch bowl fountain and even a specially designed YBF snapchat filter for the event. See some pictures from the night here. Check out the lucky winners and shortlisted people here.

And to all you chefs and front of house gems – don’t forgot to enter next year!

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Berwick Street introduces ‘Meet The Makers’ of Berwick Street.

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Berwick Street brings a cinematic 6-piece documentary series uncovering the most creative and individual characters in Soho today.

Released over the next six months, Meet The Makers brings to light the previously unheard stories of creatives and curators who work behind the scenes in and around Berwick Street,London.

Following these engaging and inspiring characters in their current day set-up, MeetThe Makers exposes what living and working in Soho means to key players in the area.

The first of the 6 films introduces Ben Tish, Executive Chef and founding member of tapas restaurant, Ember Yard at 60 Berwick Street.

Ben Tish, has been based in Soho for over a decade and continues to receive rave reviews, Guy Diamond at Time Out said “Ember Yard’s that sort of place: somewhere you can’t quite get enough of, and are sorry to leave.

”Ben Tish started as Head Chef at Salt Yard restaurant in March 2006. In 2008 Ben becamethe executive chef of Salt Yard Group and has overseen the opening of Dehesa in Soho and Opera Tavern in Covent Garden and more recently the opening of the fourth site, Ember Yard on Berwick Street.

Ben is now Executive Chef and Director for the group and is responsible for the food ordering at all four restaurants.  Berwick Street is proud to create a series of films to highlight a truly great community of people in Soho.Watch & Share our first documentary: …

Check out more @BerwickStLondon, Berwickstreetlondon.co.uk

For further information and to request images please contact Sophia Amos |

Sophia.Amos@sisterlondon.com | 020 7016 8954Sophie Oller | Sophia.Oller@sisterlondon.com | 020 7016 8954

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Christmas is coming, and so is the Real Food Christmas Market!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

That indulgent time of year is coming up and what better way to inspire and delight those taste buds than by heading along to a festive food festival!

We’ve picked out one of our favourites for you…..

WHAT:       Real Food Christmas Markets at Kings Cross.

WHERE:    Kings Cross Square, in front of the station, along Euston Road N1C 9AL

WHEN:     Tuesday 15th – Thursday 23rd December, from 12.00pm – 7.00pm daily

There’ll be the best seasonal foods – what better place to grab your festive food shop?!

Top treats include:

  • British and continental cheeses – what Christmas is complete without cheese?
  • Christmas puddings, from mince pies, browies and cakes to the real deal itself.
  • Organic, free range and cured meats
  • The perfect gifts for foodies, whether hampers, handmade chopping boards or a crafted knife

Find out more on the website here.

 

 

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Eat My Words – Executive Chef Rob Shipman

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Last summer an exciting opportunity arose for an Executive Chef in a top dining establishment in Casablanca, Morocco.  Mise en Place matched the role with the very talented foodie Rob Shipman over 18 months ago now.

Rob is all too familiar with high-spec food ideas and creations, having cooked for a number of celebrities.  He’s recently started his own blog ‘The Food Guy’ , sharing food inspiration, recipe ideas and tips alongside some beautiful snaps of his latest creations.

Here, we talk to Rob about his experiences in the cheffing world, where he likes to eat and what it takes to work in the kitchen.

Which is the last restaurant you visited and what were your thoughts?

Last night I went to a sushi restaurant in Casablanca call ILOLI.  There are many places doing sushi over here but this is the only place I’ve found so far that’s worth trying.  It seems that Morrocan’s are quite fond on deep fried sushi rolls with cream cheese.  This is what I’m trying to avoid.  The chef/owner of ILOLI has become a friend of mine now, he comes from Tokyo, the food is great and I can sit at the sushi bar and chat in Japanese all evening; it’s the only chance I get these days to speak Japanese.

Which is your favourite restaurant?

This is a very difficult question for me….! One of my favourites is perhaps Michele Bras in Hokkaido.  I’m still a big fan of Nobu and Zuma also.

What is the most important attribute for a chef to have, working in your kitchen?

That’s easy….honesty….if people are not honest with themselves, ultimately they are not being honest to the guest and this becomes a quality issue.  In my kitchen dishonest people are out!

If you had to give one piece of advice to an up and coming chef, what would it be?

Work hard…..always do your best and never make excuses….(that’s three pieces of advise as I’m not sure if one piece of advice will ever be enough!)

What would you choose for your last meal?

Veal carpaccio with loads of shaved white truffles and a bottle of vintage Montrachet.

Who would be your ideal dinner companion?

My wife.

Which chef(s) do you most admire?

Nobu, Ferran Adria, Tom Aikins.

What is your signature dish of the moment?

Nigiri sushi of tuna and salmon with white truffle oil, fleur de sel and lime juice.

What do you cook at home on your day off?

It’ll normally be a BBQ or a Moroccan tajine.

Have you had any recent food discoveries?

Yes – spaghetti with jumbo prawns and Moroccan chermoula sauce.  I made it at home recently and it tastes amazing!

What is your favourite piece of kitchen equipment?

My honyaki sashimi knife….it’s worth about $2,500 and was given to me as a gift by the owner of SUISIN knife factory in Osaka

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We asked Rob for feedback on his experience of working with Mise en Place in looking for and securing a new position; here’s what he had to say:

“I highly recommend Mise en Place, Very professional, well connected and able to find great opportunities for talented people in the hospitality industry. I have first hand experience with this recruitment agency and I do recommend to job seekers and to employers.”

Follow Rob’s latest recipes, ideas and creations on his blog.

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You can also submit your CV directly to our website, enabling us to identify the role(s) for you.

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The Cookery and Food Festival 2015

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

_DSC8590Dubbed ‘The Glastonbury of the cheffing world’, the Universal Cookery and Food Festival 2015 is an annual celebration of the seasons and the harvest, taking place on 23rd September.

The show see’s live demo’s, farm tours, culinary innovation and discussions, topped off with a barbeque and beer at the end of the day.

For those that work in the catering and hospitality sectors, it’s a great opportunity for networking, learning and trying out new products and ideas!

Find out more information about the day and details of how to register for a place, below.

The Universal Cookery & Food Festival
Wednesday 23rd September 2015
Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE18 0LL
£99.00 + VAT per person

http://www.cookeryandfoodfestival.co.uk/

 

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Food Festival Fun

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

As the premier recruiter for top catering and hospitality positions, we are pretty focussed on good food here at Mise En Place, and like to keep up to date with the latest foodie events and festivals.

This month see’s the Love London Food Festival on 13th July at Regent Street, London, from 11am – 4.00pm and the Walthamstow Garden Party on 18 – 19th July.

Love London Food Festival is a free festival showcasing and celebrating the best of London’s world class food culture.  There street will be lined with over 50 of the best food vendors and independent restaurants in around. 

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The Walthamstow Garden Party is a free festival weekend event in Lloyd Park ran by the Barbican Centre, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and Real Food Festivals.  As well as a plethora of street food that’ll be featured at the event, there will also be music, dance, arts and crafts, so this is one for all the family.

cupcakes at wlathamstow garden party     walthamstow garden party    flowers at walthamstow garden party

There’s a whole host of food-focussed events and festivals coming up over the summer months, we’ll keep you posted with more information.

In the meantime however, we’d recommend popping along to a Real Food Market in your area.

 

 

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Calling all Skilled and Creative Pastry Chefs!

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Mise En Place  are excited to announce that Love Productions are launching a brand new TV series for BBC Two ‘Bake Off: The Professionals. They’ve brought the excitement of amateur home baking and bakers to a wide audience. Now it’s time to showcase and celebrate the elite from the world of professional pastry in the UK.

This series will aim to see professional bakers at their best and represent the wonderful range of pastry chefs the UK has to offer. Love Productions are looking for teams of three people to take part in a televised series to find Britain’s best pastry chefs. This is a groundbreaking new series that will, for the first time, give professional pastry chefs across the country a platform to showcase their skill, passion and artistic flair.

This will be an exciting celebration of patisserie in Britain and the people who dedicate their lives to their profession. They  will be looking for teams of three people with one member of the team to be led by a team captain (head chef) who will then nominate two other members to join them.Does this sound like you or someone else you would like to nominate? If so please do get in touch with Love Productions to find out more about how to enter your team into this fantastic opportunity.

For further information, or to request an application form, please contact the team at love productions on 0117 307 2348 or email casting@lovewest.co.u

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