Best of the west

Tom Kerridge is hosting a week of dinners with the pick of West Country chefs at his new private-dining space The Shed, almost next door to his Marlow pub the Hand & Flowers, in the last week of March.

The Gloucestershire-born chef has lined up Peter Sanchez of Casamia in Bristol (Monday  March 27), Michael Wignall of Gidleigh Park (Tuesday March 28), Nathan Outlaw from Port Isaac in Cornwall (Wednesday March 29), Simon Hulstone of the Elephant in Torquay (Thursday March 30) and Paul Ainsworth of Number 6 in Padstow (Friday March 31).

Billed as the southwest’s “culinary greats”, these chefs will prepare a meal with Kerridge using regional ingredients in front of no more than eight guests each evening. Tickets for what is billed as a “theatrical and intimate” evening cost £350 a head, including wine pairings and VAT.

The Shed will also be the venue for a week of lunches demonstrating dishes from Kerridge’s new Dopamine Diet cookbook, promoting the “happy hormone” recipes that helped him lose an astonishing 11 stone — aided and abetted by giving up booze. The lunches run from February 27 to March 3, and cost £125 all-in.


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