At the CODE 30 under 30 dinner, the Dumbwaiter saw Oscar Holgardo (headed from Mayfair’s Murano to Cornwall’s Coombeshead) deep in conversation with L’Enclume’s Laudy Gibba-Smith (on her way from Cumbria to Hong Kong). City versus country - which is best?
One of the industry’s stalwarts, Jeremy Lee, was in fine voice at the CODE dinner, singing with (not for) his supper - but to his right came fierce competition. Young chef, list member and Great British Menu star Ellis Barrie did a brilliant Ronan Keating impression… Question is, did the pair head off for an after-party karaoke battle?
The atmosphere was far more celebratory than competitive, but when Claridge’s kitchen sent out 50 perfect chocolate soufflés, you could hear the room go quiet with admiration. The hotel’s indomitable head chef Martyn Nail came up to join the party afterwards still in his whites - he was, rightly, the toque of the town.
No dress code, of course, for an industry celebration but special mention to Where The Light Gets In’s Joseph Otway, for rocking a turquoise shirt emblazoned with ice lollies - on the coldest night of the year with a lunar eclipse outside, CODE applauds his optimism.
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