Top luxury British retreat The Idle Rocks in St Mawes will further augment its culinary credentials with the 2017 edition of its highly successful Chef Night series. Head Chef Guy Owen will welcome Michelin-starred talent from across the UK for a celebration of British gastronomy on Saturday 11th November 2017.

The Idle Rocks will open its kitchen to Gareth Ward of Ynyshir restaurant, James Knappett of Bubbledogs & Kitchen Table, and Mark Poynton of Alimentum restaurant. The evening will provide a unique opportunity to experience dishes prepared by each celebrated name, with an eight-course menu.

Gareth Ward, Chef Patron at Ynyshir, a Michelin-starred four AA rosette restaurant in Wales, will be presenting his specialty BBQ Welsh lamb rib and later his garlic prawn plate. Gareth’s menus are distinctive, working with big, bold flavours, such as miso, soy, Welsh wagyu and mackerel.

James Knappett will be showcasing a Cornish lobster starter with wild juniper, vanilla and pickled ginger, as well as a beetroot marmalade with sour cream and sweet woodruff vegetarian main course. His Michelin-starred restaurant Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia, London, focusses on daily changing 14-course tasting menus of unique, contemporary European dishes.

Mark Poynton will present his signature duck with grapefruit, carrot and pink pepper, and will end the evening with a white chocolate, raspberry and pistachio dessert. As Chef Patron of the award-winning Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, his expertise is in global cooking techniques applied to seasonal British produce.

Guy Owen will be showcasing the best of Cornish produce, presenting a vegetarian dish of confit carrot, cottage cheese, Douglas fir and rock samphire. Many of the vegetables used during the evening will be sourced from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, who have an exclusive partnership to supply heritage varieties of produce to The Idle Rocks. Later in the evening, he will present his West Country-sourced Beef short rib with celeriac, charcoal and Thai butter.

Guy joined The Idle Rocks in July 2015, from the Driftwood hotel, and has since been responsible for transforming the kitchen brigade and menu. He champions the best of the Roseland Peninsula, working with local fishermen, greengrocers and sourcing the best meat from the area.

David Richards, Owner of The Idle Rocks, comments: “We are delighted to welcome these talented chefs from across the UK to The Idle Rocks and are excited for the local community and our guests to sample Gareth, James, Mark and Guy’s menu. The evening will showcase the area’s culinary credentials and amazing produce, which is something we are very passionate about here at The Idle Rocks.”

The event will take place from 7pm on Saturday 11th November 2017.

The Chef Night Experience two-night stay package is available from £345 per night, based on two sharing, and includes two nights bed and breakfast at The Idle Rocks, with the chef’s showcase dinner on the Saturday night. Guests staying for the weekend will also have the chance to experience an exclusive Cornish oyster and wine tasting session with Head Chef Guy Owen and Bubbledogs’ & Kitchen Table Sommelier, Sandia Chang. The activities are all subject to availability.

For local residents, a limited number of tickets for the Chef Night Experience will be available, priced at £95 per person with optional wine flight at £50. This includes an 8-course set menu and a glass of Trevibban Mill Black Ewe sparkling wine on arrival.

The Idle Rocks, located in the village of St Mawes, has become an epicurean hotspot since its launch in 2013 and received global recognition. The Chef Night series has seen acclaimed chefs from leading restaurants including; Zuma in Knightsbridge, The Seahorse in Dartmouth, The Elephant in Devon, The Pony & Trap in Bristol, Fifteen Cornwall and Kota Restaurant in Cornwall, creating spectacular dishes alongside Guy Owen in the kitchen of The Idle Rocks.


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