Slow Food UK developed the Chef Alliance in September 2011 in recognition of those chefs who share the vision to champion small scale producers and good quality local and sustainable produce. There are currently 53 leading chefs in England, Scotland and Wales who are members of the Alliance.
Top London chefs Francesco Mazzei (pictured above) of L'Anima Italian restaurant in the City of London, Richard Corrigan of Corrigan's Mayfair restaurant, Angela Hartnett of Murano restaurant in Mayfair, Giorgio Locatelli of Italian restaurant Locanda Locatelli in Marylebone, Cyrus Todiwala of Cafe Spice Namaste Indian restaurant in the City of London, Anna Hansen of The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell, and double Michelin Star chef Marcus Wareing of The Berkeley and The Gilbert Scott are all Slow Food UK Chef Alliance members and many will be offering special Slow Food UK menus throughout the week.
Here are some of the events taking place during Slow Food UK Week.
Tuesday 19th June, 6pm @ Rivington Grill, Shoreditch: 2062
Food artist Caroline Hobkinson brings “2062", a spectacle of the feast in performance and social commentary, to Rivington Grill, helping to make sense of our world through the way we eat. She will be offering an experience that will make us think about the ritual of eating food, its traditions, and how we prepare it. Click here for tickets
Wednesday 29th June, 6pm @ Commercial Street near Spitalfields: Canape Crawl
The first-ever canapé crawl will begin at Hawksmoor and takes in some of the City's best restaurants and food vans including Alessandro Grano's Androuet cheese shop, Café Spice Namaste and Street Food. At each stop you'll be able to enjoy a drink and some wonderful canapés created using Britain's artisan foods, and ‘crawlers' will meet the Chef Patron at each establishment. Click here for tickets
Thursday 21st June @ L'Anima Italian restaurant: Slow Food Menu
As one of the biggest UK supporters of the Slow Food movement, Francesco Mazzei of L'Anima in the heart of the City of London will be showing how it's done with a deft and contemporary Italian touch to bring out the best of British produce.
Thursday 21st June, 1.30pm, @ Gelupo Soho, 7 Archer Street W1D 7AU
A special trio of Slow Food UK themed gelati have been created using Ark of Taste Forgotten Foods. Sample the flavours by ‘donating what you can'. All proceeds go towards Slow Food UK's charitable education work.
Thursday 21st June, 6.30pm, @ Slow Food UK, 6 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP: Highland Park whisky tasting
One of Highland Park's whisky experts will take an audience on a journey through different Highland Park expressions. Click here for tickets
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June @ Taste of London: The Slow Food UK Secret Garden
The Slow Food UK Ark of Taste Wheel will be ready for a spin at this year's Taste of London event in Regent's Park. Set the wheel rolling and take a flavour trip to Lyth Valley for a taste of damsons or on a culinary journey to Somerset with artisan Cheddar. Click here for tickets to the Taste of London food and wine festival.
“Slow Food UK Week celebrates the many wonders of good British food. This year we will focus on our newest initiative, the Chef Alliance in partnership with Highland Park, in which leading British chefs share their enthusiasm for local, sustainable ingredients. Our Chefs will champion Forgotten Foods with special Slow Food menus, share their insights in vibrant talks, and open their doors for the first ever Slow Food Crawl." says Cat Gazzoli, CEO of Slow Food UK.
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