Over two days, the talented young people, aged 16 to 25, tried curing pork belly with Josh Eggleton of Pony and Trap, breaking down a chicken with Sam Sohn Rethel of Bellita, mackerel filleting with Adrian Kirkimaa of St Monica Trust and butterbean casserole with Mark Chapman of Bravas.
The days equipped the young chefs with a host of culinary skills. “We are getting there. It’s the end of day two of the training, and we’re all pretty tired, but the young chefs have been amazing,” said chef Barny Haughton, who has worked as a chef in Bristol for more than 30 years.
“All the young and supporting chefs have had an input on the menu, and I have to say there were times when I didn’t think it was going to work – there was too much left to chance and faith, we were breaking too many rules, involving too many ingredients and expecting too much from such inexperienced cooks.
“But each young person has brought some brilliant ideas and thinking to the menu. Everyone of them has intuition, connection and imagination. I’m really proud that the menu we’ll eat at the Autumn Feast is theirs, not mine, and that it has unfolded in a magical and entirely natural way.”
So, to get you excited for a very special evening of food, we’re announcing the menu for the Autumn Feast.
For starters, guests will wander through six street food-style mini-kitchens and try tasters of the following:
- Bread: Flat breads and bruschetta from the wood fired oven.
- Dairy: Little omelettes of chives and goat’s cheese; quails egg scotch eggs, possibly chorizo, fresh halloumi, oregano, dried chilli…..with something, maybe with romesco sauce or something tomatoey
- Fish: Applewood hot smoked mackerel, horseradish, dill, crème fraiche or lemongrass and chilli and ginger.. also Provencale fish soup, rouille
- Offal: Pan-fried goat’s livers, sumac, chicken livers, tarragon, hearts, red onion, rosemary, sherry vinegar, kidneys, cayenne, madeira, carpaccio
- Cured pork: Figs, bruschetta, sweet potato dip, sardine ketchup, sauerkraut
- Vegetables and salad: Grilled; celeriac, swede, turnip, peppers, courgettes, aubergines, aioli…yogurt, tahini. Salad from the Square Food garden
To buy a ticket to the Bristol24/7 Autumn feast on November 16, visit www.bristol247-autumn-feast.eventbrite.co.uk
Guests will be seated for the main course:
- Goat Lancashire hotpot, meat stock vegetables puree, broth
- Chicken, wild mushrooms, soft polenta
- Spanish butterbeans, Romero peppers, Sweet Dumpling squash, parsley
- All served with three kales: Russian, Red Ursa and Sutherland
- Bread and home made butter
A cheese course will follow:
Trethowen’s Caerphilly, Hafod cheddar, biscuits and chutney
Finally, desert will be served:
Vanilla and cinnamon Somerset apple compote, caramelised nuts, Amaretti semi-freddo and shortbread
The Bristol24/7 young chefs programme, in partnership with Square Food Foundation culminates in the Bristol24/7 Autumn Feast on November 16. To get involved with the programme or any other project in the Bristol24/7 social impact agenda, email email@example.com.
To buy a ticket to the feast, visit www.bristol247.com/food-and-drink/news-food-and-drink/tickets-released-bristol247-autumn-feast