Gordon Ramsay, Clare Smyth, Pierre Koffmann, Isaac McHale of Clove Club and Brett Graham of the Ledbury are among the leading London-based chefs who will put in a shift – but Selfridges will not announce a daily line-up, meaning each booking is a lucky dip.
The wastED pop-up will run from February 24 to April 2 (closed Sunday evening and Monday), with a menu of small sharing dishes costing £15 each at lunch and dinner. In a nod to British tradition, afternoon tea will also be served at £32 a head from 3-5pm.
Businesses including Tesco, Natoora and Neal’s Yard Dairy will donate waste food for the project, which draws attention to sustainable agriculture and cooking, with ingredients including cabbage cores and waste-fed pigs.
Barber opened his first Blue Hills restaurant in a former speakeasy off Washington Square in New York in 2000, followed four years later by Blue Hills at Stone Barns on a farm in the Hudson valley, 30 miles north of the city. He launched wastED at his original restaurant over three weeks in March 2015, as part of his investigation into a more holistic attitude to farming and cooking. The Selfridge’s residency will be his first professional foray into the UK.