Our next lunch, in association with Grande Cuisine and Valentine Equipment, will be held at Niall Keating's two-Michelin-starred Dining Room. Spaces are limited to ensure full Covid compliance, so book your place now!
Two-Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating will welcome The Caterer readers to the Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, for our next Chef Eats Out lunch, held in association with Grande Cuisine and Valentine Equipment.
To book a place at this unique event, at a cost of £70 per person, inclusive of wine, coffee and service, register your interest here.
The event, on 12 October, will provide The Caterer readers with the chance to sample Keating's lauded cutting-edge cooking among their peers.
Numbers are restricted to ensure guest safety and full Covid compliance, with stringent measures in place to protect the safety of both diners and the Whatley team as they continue to offer the highest levels of guest service.
Those able to secure a place will enjoy a six-course menu with paired wines for £70. They will receive a welcome drink of Salcombe "Start Point" and tonic, based on Keating's collaboration with the distiller, followed by a meal featuring the chef's Great British Menu dishes paired with wines supplied by Liberty Wines, Enotria & Coe and Gusbourne.
Keating joined Whatley Manor as executive chef in 2016, since when he has achieved numerous accolades, including a Michelin star in 2018 followed by a second in the 2020 guide.
Whatley Manor, set in the Cotswolds near Chippenham, is a 23-bedroom country manor house and spa. In January 2019, the hotel underwent a refurbishment that saw the installation of a new kitchen, designed by Keating to include the UK's first bespoke white Athanor stove, along with Valentine fryers.
Keating's modern British menu at the Dining Room restaurant draws inspiration from many different cuisines, including Korean, Japanese and classic French. The Telegraph describes the food as "sensational", adding "the tastes and textures are remarkable", while Michelin says that Keating's dishes are "packed full of his personality".
Keating's six-course lunch will showcase his culinary flair and varied influences, with dishes including ‘risotto' of chorizo, scallop, caviar; and beef from the manor, kimchi salad and nashi pear.
Keating said: "It's always a great buzz when so many chefs get together, with lots of passionate conversations about food and what is going on in the industry. I hope lots of chefs can make the date and I am looking forward to welcoming them to Whatley."
Whatley Manor will be managing capacity to ensure that all guests can find space to enjoy the house and gardens while easily observing social distancing measures.
Smoked cream tofu, marinated salmon, trout roe NV Blanc de Blancs, Gusbourne, England
'Risotto' chorizo, scallop "Voski", Zorah, Armenia
Halibut, yuzukosho, black truffle Babiana, Vondeling, South Africa
Beef from the manor, kimchi salad, nashi pear "Ancient Vines" Mourvedre, Cline, USA
Chocolate, buttermilk, chamomile Vintage Fortified Shiraz, d'Arenberg, Australia
Sheeps yogurt, sansho pepper, ginger Tokaji Mad, St Tamas, Hungary
It's always a great buzz when so many chefs get together, with lots of passionate conversations about food and what is going on in the industry - Niall Keating
How to book
To book a place at this unique event, at a cost of £70 per person, inclusive of wine, coffee and service, register your interest at www.thecaterer.com/chefeatsout.
A message from our sponsors
At Grande Cuisine we constantly hear about people who have "fallen" into the hospitality industry, rather than it being their chosen profession, and that is something we are very keen to change. Chef Eats Out offers a great insight into what it takes to become the best, as well as the time, effort and passion that goes into creating a fantastic menu.
We wholeheartedly welcome anything that inspires people in our fabulous industry. We hope those attending will enjoy the food as much as we enjoyed creating a bespoke cook suite suitable for a 21st-century kitchen and the first white Athanor in the UK for Niall.
Valentine Equipment is delighted to be co-sponsor of Chef Eats Out at Whatley Manor. Its team supplied two Valentine Evo 400T single-pan, twin-basket, electric fryers for the hotel's dining facilities.
Steve Elliott, national sales manager for Valentine Equipment, said: "Whatley Manor has an amazing food offer, from the Dining Room with two Michelin stars to the food theatre offered by the Green Room. Having Valentine fryers serving the needs of Whatley Manor's discerning customers is a great testament to the quality, consistency and sustainability they bring to professional kitchens."