We're so excited, Tom Aikens is coming to our house on Friday to cook a Michelin-starred dinner for me and my family! Okay, perhaps not Tom himself but certainly an evening of epicurean delights created by his culinary genius. His dishes are created with family in mind, even to the extent of getting them involved in helping you create the family's evening dinner. Tom is one of the many celebrity chefs who has used the covid crisis to branch out by offering their Michelin-starred food for people to recreate in their own homes - Tom is just one of numerous StarChefs!
StarChefs is a platform to showcase Britain’s most exciting and promising culinary talent; the chefs of today and tomorrow. They take the best creations from a diverse selection of the country’s top chefs and empower people to recreate restaurant-quality dining experiences from the comfort of their own homes, regardless of whether they live in Newcastle or Knightsbridge. Additional chefs that have committed to taking part include: James Close (The Raby Hunt – 2 Michelin stars), Sally Abe (The Harwood Arms – 1 Michelin star), Gareth Ward (Ynyshir – 1 Michelin star), Lee Westcott (previously The Typing Room and Pensons – 1 Michelin star) and Ollie Dabbous (Hide – 1 Michelin star).
StarChefs have announced their next at-home dining experience will be in collaboration with Michelin-starred British chef, Tom Aikens, for Easter. Available for nationwide delivery on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April, Aikens has prepared the ultimate family sharing menu to celebrate Easter at home with your loved-ones.
Available to pre-order now from the StarChefs website, the box will include four courses of skilfully prepared, highly-seasonal dishes to offer a modern interpretation of the traditional Easter lunch. As well as the meal itself, additional decorative touches, and crafts to get the kids involved are included, alongside clear instructions on how to reheat and finish the meal.
Working with the best British suppliers, the menu kicks-off with a 'soft scrambled egg with herb sabayon & maple syrup served in eggshells'. Following this, diners can enjoy a Spring-like 'asparagus & edible flower salad containing asparagus spears & shavings, soft-boiled quail’s eggs, pea shoots, nasturtium, edible flowers & crumbled Wissington cheese, dressed with a lemon emulsion.' In keeping with traditional Easter style, the main course will be a 'roasted leg of lamb with roasted garlic, thyme & honey', which has been sourced from Lake District Farmers.
Dessert is a showstopper arriving in the form of a spectacular 'chocolate egg to share with white chocolate mousse, poached rhubarb & meringue'. An additional dessert option, especially designed for the younger members of a household, can be purchased as a supplement course and consists of 'rhubarb jelly rabbits with vanilla crème & crushed meringue'.
To ensure that your table looks the part for the occasion, the box includes fresh daffodils, Easter bunting, and some seeds to plant after lunch. Tom and his family have also created a fun, four-hour long playlist accessible on Spotify, to set the mood. Additional wine and Champagne pairing packages will also be available to purchase through Wanderlust Wine.
Speaking about his menu Tom said, “Easter is always a fun weekend in my house. My children love the excitement, especially when there is the novelty of chocolate eggs involved. Being a chef, you'd think mealtime would be a breeze but, between you and me, my daughters are not the easiest to please! However, they love for me to cook up a feast for us all to enjoy together, incorporating a few fun ingredients to wow them with, making family mealtime exciting and interactive. This is exactly what you can expect from my Easter menu – seasonal food with a sharing main and a fun dessert that the whole family will enjoy.”
Boxes will cost £165 for two people and £285 for four people, including nationwide delivery. Jelly rabbits are a £9 supplement.