AMERICAN EXPRESS INVITES®
‘Desert Island Dishes’: a series of ten events exclusively for American Express® Cardmembers.
Enjoy a four-course meal with some of London’s greatest chefs.
Following a complimentary welcome drink, you’ll enjoy a specially designed four-course lunch or dinner inspired by the chef’s life and his or her favourite dishes
Each of the following chefs will host one of these bespoke dining events. Tickets are subject to availability and are limited to six per Cardmember.
IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO ADD A ‘SOLD OUT’ CORNER GRAPHIC TO A CHEF ADD THE FOLLOWING CLASS TO THE COLUMN…
Philip Howard is known in the London restaurant scene as one of the most refined and modern chefs. With a degree in Microbiology from Kent University, he has a unique scientific perspective on the process of cooking and the ingredients he uses. His cooking style, however, is focused entirely on flavour and the delivery of pleasure rather than innovation and the need to impress. Elystan Street in Chelsea is his newest restaurant.
Mark is frequently lauded as one of London’s most eminent restaurateurs with an unrivalled knowledge of ingredients with provenance. Following the success of HIX Oyster & Chop House in Farringdon, Mark opened HIX Mayfair, HIX Soho and his chicken and steak concept restaurants Tramshed and Hixter. HIX Soho boasts a weekly-changing menu of seasonal British food and an eclectic collection of mobiles and neons from celebrated British artists.
Often described as the Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK, Jose Pizarro has worked at some of London’s most prestigious Spanish restaurants, including Eyre Brothers, Brindisa and Gaudi. In 2011, Jose opening his first solo venture – Jose Tapas Bar and has since gone on to open two further restaurants in the Capital, including José Pizarro at Broadgate Circle.
Theo Randall is widely considered one of London’s best Italian chefs. Having worked as head chef at The River Café for many years, he has both exceptional pedigree and a commitment to using the finest available seasonal ingredients at his eponymous restaurant inside the InterContinental hotel on London’s iconic Park Lane.
Ollie Dabbous is regarded as one of the UK’s most in-demand chefs, having worked in leading fine dining restaurants for nine years. His eponymous restaurant Dabbous quickly earned rave reviews from the capital’s notoriously hard-to-please critics. Henrietta, Ollie’s newest venture, is ingredient-led with simple, seasonal dishes and subtle accent of France throughout.
Acclaimed Italian chef, Francesco Mazzei has long been considered one of London’s best chefs. Francesco has opened Santini restaurants in Edinburgh and Milan, as well as venues around the world and earlier this year, an authentic Italian in Islington, Radici. Fiume is his newest restaurant.
Founders of Bubbledogs, a champagne and hotdogs bar, James Knappett and his wife Sandia Chang went on to open Kitchen Table, a 19-seat chef’s table at the back of the bar. Awarded a Michelin star in 2014, James hosts intimate dinners with a daily-changing 14-course menu, made with meticulously sourced and foraged British ingredients.
Vivek Singh is one of the most successful and respected modern Indian chefs in the country, with four renowned London restaurants to his name including The Cinnamon Club, the City’s Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and Covent Garden’s Cinnamon Bazaar. His refined approach to Indian cuisine has changed the perception of Indian food in the UK.
Marianne Lumb’s classical training started her classical training in restaurants including the Michelin starred Gravetye Manor. Her Notting Hill restaurant, Marianne, serves carefully crafted tasting menus that highlight the most beautiful seasonal produce.
Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin’s career has spanned 30 years working in some of the finest restaurants and hotels on both sides of the Atlantic. Galvin Bistro de Luxe is his first solo venture. Twelve years later the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers have restaurants across London, Edinburgh and Dubai.
Rick & Jack Stein
Rick Stein OBE has written over 20 cookery books, an autobiography and made over 30 programmes including 12 cookery series. He has also cooked for The Queen, David Cameron, Margaret Thatcher and French President, Jacques Chirac. He’s covered numerous journeys over the world in search of great dishes, and also increased his business empire.
Jack is Rick Stein’s middle son. His passion for food was instilled in him at an early age and he worked at his father’s Seafood Restaurant as commis chef before taking the position of sous chef at Rick Stein’s Café two years later and eventually executive chef.
Atul Kochhar’s unique talent as a twice Michelin starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Taking inspiration from his native India, while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul has managed to combine his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine. As the very first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, he then went on to open the highly acclaimed Benares Restaurant & Bar for which he was awarded second Michelin star in 2007.