After the great success of this year’s Dewsall Supper Clubs, we are pleased to launch our calendar of supper club events for 2013. The Dewsall Supper clubs are a new and exciting concept in hospitality. We have taken the worldwide phenomenon of ‘The Supper Club’ and applied it to an exquisite country house experience, showcasing different top chefs throughout the year.
Each chef will design and cook in Dewsall’s kitchen, a mouth-watering four course menu for our guests to enjoy. A Dewsall Supper Club is not a restaurant but a dining experience. You won’t find classic restaurant choices but a menu designed around local seasonal ingredients, stylishly presented and often with dishes that restaurants simply don’t have the time to make.
The beauty of Dewsall is that it combines stylish elegance with a relaxed atmosphere and a sense of fun, no matter what the occasion! On Supper Club evenings Dewsall will be’ Open House’ where guests can book individual rooms at very reasonable rates so they can really enjoy the evening, our specially chosen wine list and Chase distillery cocktails!
Please see below for the line-up and dates for each chef, tickets cost £55 per head and £125 for dinner, bed and breakfast.
The Supper Club dates 2013
|December 19th||James Sommerin|
|December 19th 2012 – James Sommerin got his start in the kitchen as a child, baking under his mother and grandmother’s tutelage. After a spell at The Cwrt Bleddyn’s kitchen, he ventured to Scotland’s Farleyer House Hotel for five years.
Returning to Wales, Sommerin worked up the ladder at The Crown at Whitebrook, where he was Head Chef from 2003 to 2013.
The Crown at Whitebrook held a Michelin star for many years, while the Good Food Guide listed it among its top UK restaurants, and the Observer named Sommerin a Chef to Watch in 2008. Keeping a safe distance from the well-trodden clichés of Welsh cuisine is imperative for Sommerin, who has said of his menus, ‘I wanted to focus on the more unusual products, to show there’s more to Wales’.
Sommerin’s originality shines through in his imaginative dishes which tend to marry three or four distinct flavours in imaginative combinations, as can be seen from his menu, drawing UK ingredients, global influences and techniques from forward-thinking culinary innovators. It is this that gained him a win in the Great British Menu where he represented Wales in the starters.
Sommerin left the Crown at Whitebrook in 2013 and is due to open a new restaurant in Penarth in early 2014.
Past supper club 2012
|May 12th 2012||Valentine Warner|
|June 7th 2012||Maria Elia|
|July 19th 2012||Stephen Terry|
|August 1st 2012||Valentina Harris|
|October 4th 2012||Neneh Cherry & Andi Oliver|
|December 6th 2012||Martin Blunos|
|February 16th 2013||Valentine Warner|
|March 23rd 2013||Jonny Evans and Billy Pallett|
|April 20th 2013||Sam Moody|
|June 27th 2013||John Burton-Race|
|September 12th 2013||Ian Matfin|
|October 24th 2013||Cyrus Todiwala|
|May 12th – Valentine Warner whose books and TV series ‘What to Eat Now’ have elevated him to chef stardom. Valentine is not only an exceptional chef but has a great knowledge of hunting and foraging.
Valentine said of his evening at Dewsall:
“What a magical place. Truly amazing. I wouldn’t really call it a supper club as it does not do it justice. Special!”
Cured sardines, with marinated Tomatoes chicory & Olives
|June 7th – Maria Elia comes from a Greek background and started as a chef at a young age in her father’s restaurant followed by an apprenticeship at Cafe Royal’s Grill Room. Maria has also cooked at the hugely exclusive El Bulli, in Barcelona and Elena Arzack in San Sebastian. She opened the Whitechapel gallery and Delfina restaurant in London and has also appeared on numerous TV cookery programmes.|
Roasted beet and apple salad, feta curd, apple hazelnut dressing
|July 19th – Stephen Terry is owner and head chef of Michel Roux’s “favourite restaurant in Wales” The Hardwick. Stephen worked with the Roux’s at the famous La Gavroche as well as opening up The Canteen with Marco Pierre White and actor Michael Caine. It was here that he won his first Michelin star aged 25 which grew to two Michelin Stars shortly after. Stephen has an extensive TV career the highlight being winning The Great British Menu for Wales.|
Salad of Smoked Goose Breast, Grilled Local Organic Scallions & Courgettes,
|August 1st – Valentina Harris the noted authority on Italian food and food culture, is taking the helm of the Dewsall kitchen! With over 20 books to her name, Valentina is now established as a prolific writer on Italian cuisine and regularly features on television and radio and contributes to many leading national newspapers and magazines. Valentina has her own cookery school in Italy and travels all over the world demonstrating and advising on Italian cuisine.|
Crostini classici toscani
|October 4th – Childhood friends Neneh Cherry and Andi Oliver are teaming up to cook for the Dewsall Supper club. Neneh who is best known for her illustrious music career has been cooking with Andi also a musician and TV personality, for years. They were invited on Gordon Ramsay’s ‘F Word’, which led onto the BBC offering them their own cookery show on BBC 2 called ‘Dish it up.’ This supper club promises not only to be a culinary delight but also a night full of fun!|
|Neneh and Andi’s Menu
Prawn and Crab Gyoza in a Sake and Mirin Broth
|December 6th – Martin Blunos has earned no less than four Michelin stars, two for each of his restaurants .Martin’s eclectic cooking attracts journalists of leading food publications from all around the globe. Martin was also chosen to cook for Her Majesty the Queen in her Jubilee Year this unique honor was recorded on the BBC TV Program All The Queen’s Cooks. The rest of Martins TV career is an extensive list as long as your arm!|
borsch terrine, rye bread crisp, soured cream
|February 16th 2013 – Valentine Warner trained as a portrait painter before putting down the brush to pick up the spoon. He worked in London restaurants for eight years under such chefs as Alastair Little and Rose Carrarini before setting up a private catering company, Green Pea. A passionate cook, he believes that a real understanding of ingredients, the producers involved and the natural history of ingredients contributes as much to the plate as the cooking itself. A very keen outdoors man, when not in the kitchen, he will be out with a basket or, more probably, fishing.
In September 2008 Valentine presented his first hit series ‘What to Eat Now’ which saw him seeking out the best food and dishes that Autumn has to offer. A second series of ‘What to Eat Now’ in 2009 saw Valentine concentrating on Summer’s seasonal bounty. He also wrote two accompanying best-selling books to these series. In 2011, Val was a contributing chef to BBC2′s ‘Great British Food Revival’ series and ITV1′s ‘Love Your Garden’ series with Alan Titchmarsh. He also presented his own series ‘Valentine Warner: Coast to Coast’ on the Good Food channel in summer 2011, where he travelled the country fishing and cooking his catch, as well as ‘Ration Book Britain‘ and ‘Valentine Warner Eats The Sixties’ for Yesterday. He is one of this year’s judges for BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards and a regularly presents programmes for BBC Radio 4. He is in pre-production on a 10 x 30 series for The Good Food Channel called Valentine Warner’s Scandinavian Cookbook.
Valentine writes a regular column for Countryfile and Delicious magazines and has written for The Times, The Independent, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated to name a few.
His third book The Good Table was published by Mitchell Beazley in September 2011, and his next book is due out in Autumn 2013.
Beetroot and green sauce
|March 23rd 2013 – Jonny Evans and Billy Pallett have been cooking together for 4 years, sharing a passion for food, where it’s sourced, how it’s cooked and how it tastes. Their paths first crossed when Jonny was Head Chef and Billy Consultant Chef at a boutique hotel in Bristol.
Jonny was recruited by Jamie Oliver to work at his first restaurant – Montes Private Club in Sloane Street, London. Oliver Peyton (Great British Menu) later poached him to work at The Atlantic Bar and Grill. After a move to Bristol, several high profile Head Chef positions and a little TV work – as chef consultant on Raymond Blanc’s ‘The Restaurant’ and appearing in Channel 5’s ‘Street Market Chef’ – Jonny returned to his native Hereford to cook up a storm! He’s entertained Linda Bellingham here at Dewsall and continues to delight with his cooking.
Billy trained as a Chef under the tutelage of Michael Caines – working in three of his restaurants including the 2 Michelin Star Gidleigh Park. After the birth of his daughter he undertook a brief sabbatical from the heat of the kitchen to learn butchery at Sheepdrove Organic Farm. Following his work at Michelin starred Bath Priory he became an independent Consultant Chef. He’s worked for and advised many high end restaurants, worked as right hand man for TV Chefs, designed and runs two successful cookery schools.
|Billy & Jonny’s Menu
Hereford Hock Particular with Loveage & English Truffle
Split Pea Soup with Loveage & Truffle
Same Soup as Vegetarian menu
|April 20th 2013 – Sam Moody started his career as a chef at the age of 16, working part-time in a local hotel, whilst also studying Catering at Sussex College. Aged 17 he then started his first full time job, working in the kitchens of Ockenden Manor Hotel, when after a year’s hard work under the direction of Head Chef Steve Crane, the team won a Michelin star. Sam stayed at Ockenden Manor Hotel for further two and a half years, enjoying the experience of working in a Michelin star kitchen and learning what the expectations were in such an environment.
At the age of 20, Sam decided it was time for a new challenge. This ambition and desire to expand his knowledge took Sam to the famous two Michelin star kitchen at Gidleigh Park. It was a big step up in his career and for the four years Sam was there, he worked his way around all the sections of the kitchen in this fabulous hotel, learning the importance of the every little detail and the basis of what makes good food.
In early 2009 a new challenge arrived for Sam when Michael Caines MBE, Executive Head Chef at Gidleigh Park, also took over the kitchens at sister hotel The Bath Priory and appointed Sam as his Sous Chef. In September 2009, after proving himself to be of the highest standard, Sam was promoted to Head Chef. He says “this has truly been the biggest and most rewarding challenge of my career thus far – food and cooking are my life”.
Finally in 2012, Sam’s hard work and talent were awarded with a Michelin star.
Wild garlic velouté,
Soft boiled duck egg
Braised cheek of Wiltshire beef
Warm chocolate emulsion
|June 27th 2013 – John Burton Race was born in Singapore in 1957 and spent his early years travelling and experiencing food from all over the world. In 1983 John became a Sous chef at Les Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford from where he went on to become Head chef and manager of Le Petit Blanc, Oxford until 1986. He then opened his own restaurant L’Ortolan, Berkshire, where he achieved and maintained two Michelin stars. In 2000 he opened John Burton Race, Landmark Hotel, London and reclaimed both Michelin stars within the first year of trading.
In 2002 John moved to France for a year to relearn and discover ingredients and his love of cooking after many years in the fast lane. Channel 4 screened the television series “French Leave” and John wrote the book that accompanied the series.
John moved back to Devon in 2003 and teaming up with head chefs Nigel Marriage and Robin Zavou, John opened “The New Angel” in Dartmouth, a series of which was made for Channel 4, with accompanying book.
John has taken part in “Through The Keyhole”, “Great British Menu” and even took part in “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” to name a few. He was a regular guest on ‘‘Cooking The Books’’ for Channel 5, but is probably best known for his role on ITV’s hit show ‘‘Britain’s Best Dish’’ which returns for it’s fifth series in 2011.
Confit of Wild salmon
Poached rhubarb, tomato and basil consommé
Wye valley asparagus risotto
Crispy quail egg, parmesan and pea shoots
Herb crusted best end of welsh lamb
Lemon thyme polenta, pancetta, tomato and chive jus
Trio of English strawberries
Iced strawberry parfait, strawberry sable,
lemon posset with vodka poached strawberries and sorbet
|September 12th 2012 – Ian Matfin Was born in the North East of England and learned his basic cookery skills from his mum and gran. Ian started out his career at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first ever Michelin star restaurant 21 Queen Street, from there Ian left for London and worked in a number of prestigious restaurants and hotels which include Claridges, Gordon Ramsay’s Aubergine , Raymond Blancs Le Manoir aux Quat saisons and then six years at Gidleigh Park working alongside Michael Caines where he became Head Chef.|
40C salmon with charred fennel, buttermilk and watercress
|October 24th 2012 – Cyrus Todiwala is Executive Chef & Proprietor along with his wife Pervin, of Café Spice Namasté, renowned for its innovative and fresh approach to Indian cuisine. In autumn 2011, they opened Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, the signature restaurant at the Hilton London Heathrow T5. The 60-seater restaurant offers a number of the dishes available at Cafe Spice Namaste as well as brand new creations showcasing Cyrus and Pervin’s rich Parsee heritage.
Cyrus was born and brought up in Bombay, where his father was the first Indian employee of the Automobile Association and later the Chief of Road Service Western India. Despite his parents’ original fears, Cyrus decided to pursue a career in catering, graduating in Hotel Administration & Food Technology from Bombay’s Basant Kumar Somani Polytechnic and rising to become Corporate Executive Chef of the famous Taj Groups Taj Holiday Village, The Fort Aguada Beach Resort & The Aguada Hermitage in Goa. In 1989 he joined an old friend in restarting a famous restaurant in Poona.
He left India for Australia in 1991, but on the behest of one of his old friends decided to come to London to run the Namasté restaurant in Alie Street where he developed his hallmark style of blending traditional Indian culinary techniques and flavours with more unexpected ingredients. Ever the keen environmentalist (he helped to establish two bird sanctuaries in Goa), Cyrus cooks with organic and sustainable products wherever possible and firmly believes in Buying British.
Cafe Spice Namaste, celebrating its 17th year in November 2012, is a mainstay of all the stylish restaurant guides and highly regarded by food critics, both in the UK and further afield. The New York Times food writer, Mark Bittman, in February 2012 called it a ‘terrific restaurant’, singling it out as his favourite ‘no fuss’ Indian restaurant in London. Harden’s called it ‘still a winner, after all these years.’ The restaurant has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Sustainable Food Award from the Corporation of London.
In 2010, the first Khaadraas (‘Greedy Pigs’) Club dinner was held at Cafe Spice Namaste, offering Parsees and non-Parsees alike the opportunity to sample dishes cooked ‘the way Cyrus’ Mum taught him’. Since then, almost two dozen club dinners have been held, to increasing large numbers. Adventure Gourmet, a series of chef demonstrations and masterclasses featuring well known chef peers, continues to take place at Cafe Spice Namaste, bringing professional and neophyte chefs in closer contact with to their food heroes.
Cyrus has been invited to represent both the UK and the world of Indian cuisine in various international festivals, including the World Gourmet Festival held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok and the Good Food and Wine Show in Durban, where he once again appeared in 2012. In summer 2012, he was the only British-based chef behind the Stars, Food and Art dinner at the Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, working alongside 7 Michelin-starred chefs culled from around the world. It was left to Cyrus’ to provide the astonishing main course – Duck a’la Mrs Matthew.
In March 2012, Cyrus organised and cooked the very first Diamond Jubilee Luncheon for HM The Queen in London, where Her Majesty was served Cyrus’ version of ‘The Country Captain’, an Indian twist on our traditional Shepherd’s Pie. A few days later, the whole of Britain was able to watch Cyrus prepare this exceptional dish before their eyes on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen.
In June 2012, Cyrus received one of the most cherished awards of his career – the Craft Guild of Chefs Special Award, recognising his contribution to the profession through the years. He has narrated a travelogue-cum-food tour documentary — ‘Galleons of Spice’ filmed in Goa and Portugal and tracing the influences of the Portuguese on Goan cuisine. The programme has been aired on the History Channel in India and in other parts of Asia. He is the author of three successful cookbooks Café Spice Namasté , India: international Cuisine and most recently Indian Summer.
Cyrus has launched a product range under the ‘Mr Todiwala’s’ brand, adding Mr Todiwala’s Splendidly Spicy and Deliciously Hot Pickles and Chutneys in the roster of fine, restaurant-standard products. These are available at both restaurants, and at various prestigious food fairs including the Abergavenny Food Festival, Real Food Festival, BBC Food Show/MasterChef Live and Taste of Christmas.
Cyrus is married and lives with his wife Pervin who is Operations Director of Café Spice Namaste and a trained, professional chef in her own right. They have two children, an industrial artist and a budding actor.
Dewsall offers a stay in our beautiful bedrooms after the supper.
£125 for dinner, bed and breakfast.
Please contact us through the form below to book a table.
Please note: We MUST be informed of dietary requirements in advance. Vegetarian meals MUST be pre-ordered.
The Supper Club 2012