On 7 October 2012, American Express® Cardmembers are exclusively invited to enjoy Kitchen Influentials. Created specifically for American Express, this one-off event will see chefs and their protégés, friends or soulmates back together cooking a unique Sunday lunch.
Eight inspired pairings will prepare a lunch menu that touches on their time working together or that is informed by certain shared passions for ingredients or techniques.
This unique event aims to demonstrate the fascinating network of influence between the chefs across London’s restaurant industry and to celebrate the best of what the capital’s kitchens can create.
& Harvey Ayliffe
At Hix Oyster & Chop House
Mark Hix's portfolio includes five of the UK's top restaurants. Harvey Ayliffe, executive head chef of the Soho House group, was formerly head chef at London's oldest restaurant, Rules. The illustrious pair have collaborated on a number of projects such as the relaunch of Brown's hotel in Mayfair.
& Eric Chavot
At Cinnamon Club
Master of Indian fine-dining and executive chef at Westminster's Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh will be cooking with close friend Eric Chavot. A renowned industry personality it was under Chavot's leadership that The Capital hotel restaurant famously earned two Michelin stars.
& Mark Kempson
At Kitchen W8
Philip Howard is head chef at The Square where he has won two Michelin stars. He also mentored the culinary genius, Brett Graham, before the opening of now award-laden The Ledbury. Kempson, now one of Howard's most trusted deputies, mans the stove at Kitchen W8 in Kensington.
Sam and Sam Clark
& Jacob Kennedy
Rive Cafe alumni and owners of Moro, Samuel and Samantha Clark befriended Jacob Kennedy when he visited their restaurant with his parents. Today, Kennedy can usually be found in the lauded kitchen of Soho's Bocca di Lupo restaurant - the debut venture he created with partner Victor Hugo.
& Alastair Little
At Bistrot Bruno Loubet
Clerkenwell chef, Bruno Lobet, is joined by Alastair Little, a man credited as a catalyst in the evolution of British cuisine. Their friendship was formed on Frith Street in Soho over 20 years ago with Bruno at L'Odeon (number 64) and Alastair up the road at number 49 with his eponymous restaurant.
& Valentine Warner
Henry Hassis is the Chef Patron of award-winning Racine and will be joined in the kitchen by Valentine Warner, chef, food critic and presenter of BBC's What to Eat Now and Great British Food Revival. now great friends, it was over Negronis that they discovered a mutual love of Parisian sweetbreads.
& Tee Kachonklin
At Gauthier Soho
Alexis Gauthier's professional achievements include three AA rosettes and a Michelin star. His partner and former protege, Tee Kachonklin, returns to London from La Table de Tee, where he now cooks Franco-Thai food in Bangkok. It will be the first time the two have cooked together since 2006.
& Tong Chee Hwee
This unlikely pairing between soon-to-be Snowden Street neighbours in the City sees Mazzei - who specialises in southern Italian cuisine - work with the head chef of the Michelin starred Hakkasan. Chinese fine-dining meets Mama's Calabrian rusticity.