16th November, 2020
In one of the strangest leadups to the festive season ever, we’re hoping we can provide some foodie entertainment and of course inspiration with the very first instalment of our new web cooking series Chefs in Conversation.
What’s it all about? two innovators, two locations, one goal: inspire creativity!’ We’ve asked hope that in watching the video will inspire some creativity in you too.
Filmed just before lockdown 2 and hosted by our development chef Ron Laity, this first episode has as its guest a serious innovator in the world of cocktails, someone who seamlessly marries the world of food and drink through a distinctly avant-garde approach to mixology – the multi-award-winning bartender, Rich Woods.
Rich AKA ‘The Cocktail Guy’ opened both Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba in 2012, to great acclaim. Impressing critics, connoisseurs and media alike, in 2014 he earned first place in the UK and Ireland Bombay Sapphire’s ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition’ followed by second place in the world finals
Most recently he was listed among the London Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, as one of the most influential people in the capital and led team London to win the 24hr Bar Build competition.
We couldn’t be prouder to welcome Rich as our very first guest on Chefs in Conversation as he creates three festive cocktails using Honteri as a hero ingredient. Inspired by what he sees, chef Ron then creates three incredible festive canapes, again using Honteri, that match perfectly with the unique flavours of Rich’s drinks.
The perils of Covid-19 and social distancing rules may have put paid to a two-person cook-off, but we’ve found an innovative, fun and highly entertaining way to bring Ron and Rich together from separate locations. Rich joins us from his latest venture, East London’s Scout Bar – meaning we get an opportunity to take a tantalizing peek behind his bar.
Modestly calls himself a ‘bartender’ – we think of Rich is more as an alchemist, and absolutely loved the way he took Honteri, its depth of sweetness, flavour and texture, and uses it to elevate his drinks.
We hope you enjoy watching episode one and if you’re inspired by what you see, all six recipes are available here, you can also sign up for a completely free, full size sample of Honteri, giving you the keys to create your very own dishes and drinks. If you are currently at home, don’t worry – we can send samples direct to you there. If you do end up making your own creations, be sure to share it on our Instagram page @MizkanChefUK. Happy viewing!
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