Meet London’s top bloggers

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What makes London such a great place to eat? Perhaps it’s the fact that it is such a global melting pot, or that its residents are so game to try new things — pushing our chefs to innovate. Whatever it is, London’s food scene is inspiring countless bloggers to chronicle their eating experiences online.

We decided to get London’s best bloggers together here at The Cumberland Hotel and treat them to a gourmet tasting experience and a sneak peek behind the scenes. Here’s what they thought…

About the event

Who came: A cross section of London’s brightest blogging stars.

Where: The Brassiere Restaurant at The Cumberland Hotel. Bloggers met head chef Darrel Wilde and got a tour of the kitchen before sitting down to their meal…
What they ate:

  • Pear, Roquefort and chicory salad with sugared walnuts, port and walnut dressing
  • Jerusalem artichoke, caramelised shallot and parsley risotto with seared scallop, orange and red wine fish jus
  • Roast fillet of beef, chicken and truffle mousse, confit potato, wild mushroom and purple sprouting broccoli fricassee and a bitter sweet port wine jus
  • Bramble plate: blackcurrant bavarois, blackberry sorbet with sugared pistachio and a berry fool

What they drank: Champagne at The Cumberland’s Patrón Bar.

Blogger tasting event at The Cumberland Hotel

Our bloggers tuck in…

Meet: William, author of London is Cool

1.   What was your favourite part of the meal?

“The main course: the roast fillet of beef and chicken and truffle mousse was an absolutely delicious dish. Followed very closely by the good company I was in.”

2.    What makes London’s food culture so great?

“I love the huge variety available in London. No matter what my mood or budget is, I can find something mouth wateringly tasty, whether it’s a fancy meal in a restaurant, a pub lunch or street food from a market stall.”

3.    What’s your signature dinner party dish?

“I’m much more talented at the eating part. However I have never had anyone leave even the tiniest morsel of my Spicy Scottish Stovies dish. From Aberdeen to London to the Caribbean and Africa — they all love it!”

4.    What are you cooking to stave off winter chills?

“A hearty vegetable soup with some leftover leg of lamb thrown in for good measure!”

5.    What’s the best/worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

“Mopane worms — I looked at them and thought they were going to be the worst thing I had ever eaten, but in fact they became my favourite snack. My girlfriend brought a bag of them back from a recent trip to Botswana. The bag is now empty.”

Jerusalem artichoke, caramelised shallot and parsley risotto with seared scallop, orange and red wine fish jus

Jerusalem artichoke, caramelised shallot and parsley risotto with seared scallop, orange and red wine fish jus

Meet: Chris Osburn , author of Tikichris

1.    What’s your blog about?

“Tikichris is a personal blog about my life as an expat American living in London. It’s all about lifestyle, culture and travel related content – with a strong focus on food and drink.”

2.    What was your favourite part of the meal?

“I liked the Pear, Roquefort and chicory salad. I thought it offered a nice medley of flavours. Service was impeccable. Thanks!”

3.    What makes London’s food culture so great?

“Most Londoners seem receptive to trying new and different foods and aren’t put off by foreign or exotic flavours. Brits like to travel and that’s led to this city’s eateries catering to fairly sophisticated palates.

“Of course, an appreciation for the quality and provenance of ingredients means there’s a love for local and regional food as well.

“The street food scene of recent years has really been impressive and has paved the way for plenty of tasty opportunities to try dishes from around Britain and across the globe.”

4.    What’s your signature dinner party dish?

“I guess it depends on the party. I make a mean chilli con carne (my veggie version rocks too).”

5.    What’s the best/worst thing you’ve ever eaten?

“The best? My mom’s country fried steak with biscuits and gravy, dressed crab from the side of the road in Pembrokeshire, virtually everything I ate when I was in Mexico City, haggis at my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh. I could go on.

“The worst? Guinea pig, iguana, whale … take your pick.”

Meet: Peter Stean of the Londoner

1.    What’s your blog about?

“It’s my platform for sharing my love of London: I want to encourage people to go beyond the tourist traps and delve deep into what London has to offer.”

2.    What was your favourite part of the meal?

“I’m a dessert freak — I can never get enough sweet things so it has to be the bramble plate, which I thought was a wonderful combination of textures and tastes.”

3.    What makes London’s food culture so great?

“We have every nationality here so we have every type of culinary tradition.”

4.    What’s your signature dinner party dish?

“Something rich, a Beef Wellington perhaps.”

5.    What are you cooking to stave off winter chills?

“As I type, there’s a warming lamb curry on the stove.”

Bramble plate

The Bramble plate: Blackcurrant bavarois, blackberry sorbet with sugared pistachio and a berry fool

Do you write or follow a blog? Let us know why you love London’s food scene by leaving a comment, or join in the conversation over on our Twitter and Facebook page.

 

 

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