By Angela Green
Company of Cooks has announced the launch of ‘In Good Company’, an event series that sees guest chefs, restaurateurs and producers preparing and cooking one-off menus in some truly incredible venues, harnessing the ingredients and capturing the spirit of the summer season.
Starting in May and culminating in late September, the series of supper clubs will take place at venues in and near London including Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, RHS Garden Wisley, Chelsea Physic Garden, Kensington Palace and Chiswick House and Gardens, with events weekly across the whole of the summer season. Venues to be added to the line-up include the Southbank Centre, The Old Royal Naval College, The Royal Opera House, Kensington Palace and Royal Society of Arts.
Chefs joining the initiative include José Pizarro, the godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK; Douglas McMaster of Silo; Professional Masterchef winner 2022 Nikita Pathakji; and Karan Gokani of Hoppers. For the ‘kitchen garden’ dinners, Company of Cooks will partner with gardeners and local producers to celebrate great produce at the height of the season.
The programme of In Good Company events will also comprise ‘London Larder’ dinners, in which some of London’s best-loved producers will partner up with Company of Cooks’ own talented chefs to create one-off menus showcasing their produce, including H. Forman & Sons London Cure smoked salmon and Brindisa’s range of Spanish cured meats, tapas and dried goods. The calendar of London Larder evenings will also see Paxton and Whitfield cheeses paired with Ellis wines, and Cobble Lane’s British charcuterie matched with a line-up of London craft beers.
While the cooking talent and producers are a draw in themselves, the locations are as exciting, with the action taking place in the grounds of some of London’s most stunning and historical gardens, palaces, and performance centres during the height of summer, offering diners the chance to enjoy an evening out at a venue they may well never normally be able to eat at. Tickets will be available via DesignMyNight, starting at just £60 including a seasonal set menu and a welcome drink.
With some of the best and most recognisable top chefs, some incredible local produce and a backdrop like no other, In Good Company’s events are some of the most anticipated in the London food calendar in 2023.