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Chef Eats Out: the Dining Room, Whatley Manor

25 February 2020 by

Our next event, in association with Grande Cuisine and Valentine Equipment, will be held at Niall Keating's two-Michelin-starred Dining Room. There are only 40 spaces, 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 event, 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 at www.thecaterer.com/chefeatsout.

Taking place on 8 April, the event will provide The Caterer readers with the chance to sample Keating's lauded cutting-edge cooking among their peers.

The event is restricted to 40 diners and will include a six-course menu with paired wines for £70.

Niall Keating
Niall Keating

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.

Whatley Manor
Whatley Manor

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 lamb, kimchi salad and nashi pear.

Risotto chorizo, scallop, caviar
Risotto chorizo, scallop, caviar

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."

The Dining Room - grilled king crab custard
The Dining Room - grilled king crab custard

The menu

  • Charcuterie from the Manor
  • Eel, citrus aigre-doux – Kombucha
  • Smoked cream tofu, marinated tuna, trout roe – "Brut Reserve", Charles Heidsieck, Champagne
  • ‘Risotto' chorizo, scallop, caviar – "Voski", Zorah, Armenia – Halibut, yuzukosho¯ – "Babiana", Vondeling, South Africa
  • Lamb, kimchi salad, nashi pear – Ancient Vines Mourvèdre, Cline, US
  • Sheep's yogurt, sansho pepper, ginger – Mad Tokaj, St Tamas, Hungary
  • Matcha choux

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.

Overnight accommodation at Whatley Manor on Tuesday or Wednesday night is available at £195 for single occupancy and £225 for double occupancy. Please call 01666 822 888 quoting "CHEF EATS OUT".

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.

www.grandecuisine.co.uk

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."

www.valentinefryers.com

Sponsors: Grande Cuisine and Valentine
Sponsors: Grande Cuisine and Valentine

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