Dewsall’s 2016 calendar of dinner parties will leave you salivating at the line up. Samantha and team have piled up some fantastic and celebrated chefs for you to meet and delicious menus to sample. Read the outline of what to expect in the forthcoming months and then quickly reserve your place, before they go.
13th February: Sabrina Ghayour (Last few tickets remaining!!)
Sabrina Ghayour’s first book Persiana won the Observer Food Monthly Award for ‘Best New Cook Book 2014’ and The Evening Standard named Sabrina as one of ‘1000 Most Influential People in London’. Iranian born Sabrina Ghayour is a self-taught cook and food writer who hosts the hugely popular ‘Sabrina’s Kitchen’ supper club at her home in London, specialising in Persian and Middle Eastern flavours. Sabrina was named by The Observer Newspaper as one of the ‘Rising Stars of 2014’, and cookbook has been on the best seller list ever since it was published.
Sabrina has appeared on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, C4’s Sunday Brunch, Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word, The Good Food Channel’s Market Kitchen and Perfect. Her website and Twitter account have become a ‘go to’ destination for Persian and Middle-Eastern recipes and ingredient wisdom. Her supper clubs have been featured in The Times, Evening Standard, Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and her recipes have been featured in Delicious Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Sunday Times, Metro, Guardian, BBC Good Food Magazine and Waitrose Kitchen Magazine. Leading the trend in Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine, her past collaborations include hosting her own ‘Passage to Persia’ pop-up with Anna Hansen at the Modern Pantry with guest chefs Ben Spalding, Omar Allibhoy, Alexis Gauthier and Tim Anderson all cooking Persian food. Sabrina has also been regular guest Chef at Oliver Peyton’s ‘Friday Night Social’ pop-ups at The National Gallery and more recently Middle Eastern Feast collaboration with Bruno Loubet at his second restaurant Grain Store.
Sabrina makes regular appearances demonstrating at BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham and Taste of London, and in August 2013 was given prime slot at Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival, doing cookery demonstrations on the main stage and teaching at the Electrolux Chefs Theatre.
Sabrina specialises in cooking up colourful, moreish dishes with Eastern flavours in an abundant ‘Mezze’ style with unique recipes and techniques. She combines a creative use of ingredients with passion and flair to produce the kind of food that is not only vibrant and visual but nourishes the body and mind and always leaves you wanting more.
Pistachio, pomegranate & cucumber yogurt with rose petals
Vine wrapped feta with lemon, thyme & Pul biber
Freekeh salad with pomegranate, cranberries, almonds and a pomegranate dressing
Lamb, fennel and apricot lollipops with tamarind and yogurt drizzle
Courgette, potato and saffron frittata
Spicy chicken stew with preserves lemons, apricots, eggs and hazelnuts
Bejewelled bulgar wheat
Turmeric, lemon and black pepper salmon
Date, blood orange, almond & watercress salad with cinnamon vinaigrette
Spices rhubarb cake with cinnamon cream and vanilla syrup drizzle
31st March: Ravinder Bhogal
Ravinder Bhogal is an award-winning food writer, TV presenter, journalist and cook whose modern, stylish food is inspired by her mixed heritage – she was born in Kenya to Indian parents – as well as her London upbringing.
Xanthe Clay called Ravinder “one of the freshest, most talented names in the food world now. Everything she cooks, from the Punjabi dishes of her childhood, through modern British classics to sparky Oriental cuisine, she imbues with real soul.”
Jay Rayner said that she “has a brilliant understanding of spicing and pitch perfect taste. Her dishes are the kind that make you sit up and pay attention. And then ask for more. She’s a true talent.”
Her debut cookery book Cook in Boots was published by HarperCollins to rave reviews both in the UK and US, was awarded Best Debut Cookbook at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and has been published in Holland, Denmark and Germany.
Ravinder travelled the globe as roving reporter for Channel 4’s magazine show Food: What Goes in your Basket? and also presented a special two-part documentary The Great British Curry Trail for BBC2 as part of an ongoing series which pulled in the show’s highest ratings. Other UK television credits include appearances on Market Kitchen, Inside Out, This Morning, Perfect and BBC 2’s Food and Drink. Most recently she has been seen on prime time Indian television with her own 22-part series Ravinder’s Kitchen (BBC Worldwide) which has been sold across Asia and the Middle East.
Ravinder has contributed to many publications including GRAZIA magazine, The Sunday Times, ES Magazine, The Independent, Waitrose Kitchen, Delicious and the Sun’s Fabulous Magazine. She has previously written regular blogs for Condé Nast Traveller India, entitled English Accent, and a blog for Harpers Bazaar UK entitled The Sensualist. Ravinder won the Asian Woman of Achievement Award 2013 for media and journalism and has recently been included amongst the fashion glitterati in Style Stalking, a lavish book celebrating the most stylish women across the world.
Ravinder has taken up residencies by invitation from some of the best restaurants in London: with Mark Hix at Selfridges, Karam Sethi’s Michelin-starred Trishna, at South Place Hotel and Rowley Leigh’s iconic Cafe Anglais. She has also undertaken private catering jobs including Bruno Loubet’s anniversary party and Brett Graham’s birthday party. She has consulted on events for prestigious catering company Zafferano. Ravinder will be taking up a residency at Carousel London from the 14th of July for two weeks.
Ravinder is currently planning her first and hugely anticipated London restaurant.
Soft Shell Crab Pakora, Nut & Tamarind Sauce
Aubergine Pakora, Nut & Tamarind Sauce (v)
Lobster Khichdee, Coconut Chutney
Blood Orange Pannacotta, Candied Orange, Orange and Fennel Madeleines
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