Adebola

Who’s For Dinner with Chef Adebola Adeshina?

Chef Adebola Adeshina has been on our radar for quite a while!

He has worked under world-renowned chef  such as Gordon Ramsey and Marcus Wareing and represented London as a regional finalist in The Great British Menu competition. He is currently The Head Chef at The Petersham Restaurant.

He has had an incredible career, read this interview and be inspired!

Chef Adebola Adeshina

Chef Adebola Adeshina

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where does your love of food come from?

From my Mum, whilst growing up she was always in the kitchen making something great, a real inspiration.  Also I saw Gordon Ramsay on TV and wanted to work with him!

How did you start your career in food? Please describe your journey

After college, I got a job working with the Aubergine team under Gordon Ramsay. I remained with Ramsay for six years, cooking at the three-Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay Restaurant and at Petrus under Marcus Wareing.  I then climbed the ranks working with Philip Howard at The Square, Eric Chavot at The Capital and Tom Ilic at Bonds.  In 2006, I opened a critically acclaimed restaurant with Fabrizio Russo called The Lock Dining Bar in North London and in then went onto a restaurant in Essex and gained Michelin Recommended 2014, listed in the Good Food Guide 2014 and also won several awards in 2012 for Best Restaurant, Essex – Best Newcomer Restaurant, Essex – Best Large Restaurant, Essex and Highly Commended Chef 2012 and 2013.  I’ve now moved on and taken up position of Head Chef at The Petersham Restaurant, Petersham Hotel in Richmond and looking forward to a new challenge.

PAN-FRIED SKATE WING roast endive, cauliflower, samphire and capers

PAN-FRIED SKATE WING roast endive, cauliflower, samphire and capers

Afternoon Tea Desserts at The Petersham

Afternoon Tea Desserts at The Petersham

Busy lunch service at The Petersham

Busy lunch service at The Petersham

What would you say has been your greatest food-related accomplishment to date?

Doing what I like in the kitchen, being creative and also obtaining awards along the way.

What has been your biggest challenge in business so far?

Meeting people who have no understanding of the food industry, or day to day running and stress of a kitchen.

What is your favourite meal and why? (Feel free to include a link to a recipe)

African food, homely, I have varied tastes so can’t pin point any specific dish.

Name 3 ingredients that you cannot live without?

Jerk seasoning, Potatoes and Pink Sea Salt

Who’s For Dinner with you? Who would you invite for a meal of a lifetime with you and why?

Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) all men who are on top of their game.

Chef Adebola Adeshina Tweet him @AdebolaAdeshina

The Petersham Restaurant, Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UZ.  Website:  www.petershamhotel.co.uk

The Petersham Restaurant

Gilgamesh

The Top 10 Coolest Areas Of London To Eat Out

Gilgamesh has revealed new research demonstrating the depth of the London dining scene, detailing top cuisines (British & Italian), the rise in lunchtime diners (perhaps we should be asking “Who’s For Lunch?”) and the Top 10 areas of London to eat out. The Camden based restaurant worked with a research agency to conduct a survey via an online panel over a week long period.

Here is the full list of the top 10 coolest areas to eat in London:  

  • Covent Garden 35%
  • Soho 29%
  • Mayfair 20%
  • Marylebone 14%
  • Chelsea 15%
  • Camden 13%
  • Notting hill 12%
  • Shoreditch 11%
  • Knightsbridge 10%
  • Clapham 7%

Overall however, 50% of London diners believe that the city has a more vibrant restaurant scene than other cities that they have visited around the world!

Long live the London dining scene!

What are your favourite areas of London to eat out and why?

Lunchtime restaurant visits are also just as popular as the evening ones now with around 80% of Londoners visiting a restaurant at lunchtime at last once per week. 6 out of 10 Londoners eat out at a restaurant during weekday evenings.

Diners are likely to choose British or Italian cuisine at lunchtime with 54% opting for this although Asian cuisine is also quite popular. Furthermore, Indian is amongst the top three choices for men at 43% whilst for women it is Chinese at 31%. This is interesting as Asian cuisines are traditionally seen as dinnertime meals.

Crispy black cod dim sum with Kataify pastry and blood orange dip

Crispy black cod dim sum with Kataify pastry and blood orange dip – This looks like a great lunch time meal!

Green rice

Green rice for lunch?

According to London diners, Camden is on the rise being cited as the 6th most cool district of London in which to eat ahead of trendy Shoreditch and Notting Hill – indeed 6 out of 10 non-Camden residents would consider it a “go to” area to eat out. It’s no surprise that traditional dining districts like  Soho and Covent Garden, as well as Kensington and Knightsbridge are still highly sought after dining destinations.

Lounge at Gilgamesh

Lounge at Gilgamesh

What is your favourite type of cuisine to eat at lunch and where do you like to eat it?

Tweet us @whosfordinner and if you’re in Camden tweet @gilgameshbar!

Watch A Sunday Roast Shout Out To @KoffeesandKream

Who’s For Dinner has been following Koffees and Kream on Twitter for a while so I decided to visit this funky foodie space for Sunday Brunch.

Koffees & Kream, is based in the heart of Woolwich in Greenwich and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They even have their own branded coffee and occasionally host live music nights.

Their vision is to create an inviting destination for local residents, families and professionals and it seems to be working because it was busy with a great vibe on the day that I visited.

Watch the video below and let me know what you think:

For £8.50 you get a FULL Sunday Roast and it’s pretty fantastic. Here’s some pictures of my lamb Sunday roast.

Sunday Roast at Koffees and Kream

Sunday Roast at Koffees and Kream

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A sight for hungry eyes!

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