NEWS: Carousel announces its upcoming roster of guest chefs and residencies for summer/autumn 2017

Thu 07 2017  |  admin

July 2017: Carousel, Marylebone’s revolving creative hub for international guest chef talent, art and culture, has today announced its new line-up of hand-picked chef residencies, exhibitions and experiences covering the next three months.

Carousel Schedule: July – September 2017

TATE X Carousel – July 2017:
This month, Carousel will be joining forces with the Tate Modern for the very first time, bringing its open kitchen ethos – and three past success stories – to the gallery’s L9 restaurant over three consecutive weekends. Kicking things off on the weekend of 14th-16thJuly is renowned Australian itamae, Shaun Presland, who’s spent over two decades perfecting his award-winning Modern Japanese style. Next up (21st-23rd July) are acclaimed Barcelona-based duo, Cooking in Motion, whose Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) menu will be paired with small batch sakes imported from Japan. And finally (28th-30th July), the collaboration will conclude with Santiago Lastra Rodríguez, the Mexican chef who refined his skills at Mugaritz and BROR before returning to Tulum to help René Redzepi get his NOMA Mexico project off the ground.

Tickets for the TATE X Carousel collaboration can be purchased online here, priced at £39.50 for dinner or £50 to incorporate the booking with a ticket to one of the gallery’s current acclaimed exhibitions Giacometti or Soul of a Nation. A two-course lunch menu is also available priced at £25, or £35 including an exhibition ticket.

Lunch service at Carousel is led by head chef, co-founder and YBF finalist Ollie Templeton and his team and is served from 12pm-3pm every Tuesday to Saturday. The weekly changing menu offers seasonally-inspired, creative dishes such as ‘Cured sea trout with peas marinated in shio koji and shisho’, ‘Pici with pigtail and pea ragù’ and ‘Grilled lamb, Vesuvio tomato and pickled wild garlic’. To enjoy alongside the lunch menu, Carousel offers an inventive cocktail list featuring original creations such as their ‘Yakuza Bandito’ (Patrón Silver tequila, soju, yuzu juice, jasmine tea, Schezuan pepper and salt), while the wine list offers an array of natural wines selected by restaurant manager and fellow YBFs finalist Matt Varona. During the summer months, lunch at Carousel can also be enjoyed street side or in the floral garden nestled at the back of the restaurant.

For dinner service, Ollie Templeton and his team turn their attention to collaborating with up and coming talent from around the world. This season, the characteristically varied line-up includes established names from New York to Melbourne, as well as a selection returning favourites. Working alongside Ollie’s team, the guest chefs prepare a set four-course dinner menu, priced at £39.50 per person, which showcases their signature style and approach to cooking, while Carousel’s front of house team takes care of drinks pairings, offering both a curated wine and cocktail list.

Since meeting at Moro six years ago, Ollie and Tommy have embarked on very different paths. Ollie went on to co-found Carousel while Tommy has spent time in the kitchens of some of the world’s best restaurants, including Clamato in Paris, London’s St John and Roberta’s in New York. Reuniting for this July residency, Tommy and Ollie have designed nine dishes which demonstrate their joint passion for seasonality, powerful flavours and unusual cooking techniques.

TOM RYALLS – BEAGLE– 11th – 15th July 2017
Tom Ryalls returns this year after impressing diners with his two previous residencies. Head Chef until recently of the much-loved Beagle in Shoreditch, Tom will be offering a menu inspired by his passion for stripped-back British flavours, incorporating his favoured technique of traditional wood grilling to create dishes of simple, understated deliciousness.

FOOD + WINE POP UP – 18th – 29th July 2017
The duo behind Melbourne’s sleek restaurant concept Food + Wine Pop Up will be teaming up with Carousel for a two-week residency this July focusing on organic and quirky biodynamic wines paired with beautifully designed sharing dishes. With a cookery style influenced by the various places they have visited, Head Chef Mal Meiers and sommelier Kate Christensen will be combining their skills in flavour to create a seasonally-inspired and produce-focused wine paired menu.

OLIA HERCULES – 8th – 12th August
Following the success of her acclaimed debut cookbook Mamushka, Olia Hercules will be returning to Carousel this August to mark the launch of her second book Kaukasis. Centred around her travels to Azerbaijan, Georgia and beyond, Olia’s menu will offer a taste of her new cookbook, with inventive twists on authentic dishes such as ‘Khachapuri’, a Georgian cheese-filled bread, and ‘Dyushbara’, a dish of traditional Azerbaijani dumplings.

ANGIE MAR – THE BEATRICE INN NYC – 15th – 26th August
Taking a bite from the Big Apple for the first time, Carousel will welcome critics’ favouriteAngie Mar, who is currently taking America’s food scene by storm. With experience working at April Bloomfield’s award-winning restaurant The Spotted Pig, Angie went on to further her fascination with all things meat, re-opening The Beatrice Inn in New York’s West Village to widespread acclaim. Her menu this August will feature dishes such as ‘Cote de boeuf, marrow blistered blackberries and charred prawn butter’ and ‘Roast duck flambé with cherry jus and fingerlings Lyonnaise’.

ALISDAIR BROOKE-TAYLOR – 29th August – 9th September
From 29th August, Alisdair Brooke-Taylor, formerly sous-chef at the iconic Belgian restaurant, In De Wulf, makes the journey to Marylebone. Brooke-Taylor is inspired by organic produce and locally foraged ingredients which he incorporates alongside Asian cooking techniques. Alasdair’s menu will offer creative and playful plates showcasing lesser-known Japanese ingredients and the kind of technique you’d expect from a talented chef who’s spent his formative years in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Viajante and The Harwood Arms.

FRANCISCO CASTILLO – 12th – 23rd September
Chilean chef and rising star Francisco Castillo will be visiting Carousel in September while en route to his new role at three Michelin-starred Maaemo in Oslo. With previous experience at Sydney’s Quay, which was this year named one of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, and Boragó, a Santiago institution which prides itself in using wild ingredients from Chile’s diverse hinterland; Francisco will channel the skills he refined in these kitchens to devise a menu of contemporary Latin American cooking.

Carousel D.O.C. – 26th – 30th September
This September, Carousel hands the reins to its own ‘home-grown’ chef talent. For one week only, guests will experience a unique menu created by Carousel’s dedicated team of chefs: Will, Mark, Tara and Tom. Each chef will create a dish of their own using the skills honed from experience working alongside some of the world’s leading culinary talent as well as their own travels to Paris, Mexico and beyond. Carousel are firm believers in giving a platform to the next generation of chefs, none more so than their own.

Complementing the revolving line-up of chef residencies, Carousel offers a diverse programme of creative workshops and experiences in its upstairs and downstairs spaces, bringing a taste of London’s edgier creative scene to well-heeled Marylebone. The experiences feature as both one-off events as well as a continued series and span across various themes including arts and crafts, food and drink and mindfulness. Prices and timings can be found on the Carousel website, here, where bookings can also be made.

Calligraphy Workshop with ALICE GABB: 1st July, 7th August & 16th September
Guests will spend the morning learning modern calligraphy with Alice Gabb, who will equip them with the skills to write their favourite quote in Alice’s signature handwritten script by the end of the workshop.

Project Love Salons with VICKI PRAVITT and SELINA BARKER – 3rd July & 11th September
Love gurus Vicki Pavitt and Selina Barker’s workshops focus on smart, creative and independent women discussing issues involving anxiety, love, relationships and matters of the heart.

Tinyjohn Workshop with LONDON TERRARIUMS: 10th July, 14th August & 11th September
Guests will create their very own self-contained ecosystem with London Terrariums, where they’ll learn about how they survive as well as how to look after them.

Urban Yogi Club with RIKKE BRODIN: 15th July, 12th August & 16th September
Rikke Brodin’s yoga classes are weaved around different themes of connection, giving guests time to pause, reflect and re-connect.

Candle Making Workshop with MCKINLEY & PAGET- 22nd July
Guests will whip up uniquely scented candles with makers of sustainably-sourced, plant based wax creations, McKinley & Paget.

SOFAR SOUNDS – 24th July
Downstairs at Carousel will play host to another intimate pop-up acoustic session with the world’s number one ‘live music discovery’ community.

Hún Tún and Dumpling Making Masterclass with CHINESE LAUNDRY – 29th July, 23rd September
Peiran Gong and Tongtong Ren, the creative brains behind Chinese Laundry, the northern Chinese restaurant in Islington, will teach guests how to prepare, sculpt, cook and serve a variety of these traditional Chinese delicacies, followed by a tasting of their creations downstairs in the Carousel restaurant.

Wine Tasting with Carousel’s MATT VARONA – 4th August
Carousel restaurant manager Matt Varona will host a fun and informative introduction to the light and naturally sparkling pétillant naturel wines in the restaurant’s al fresco courtyard.

Pop-Up Pottery with FINOLA MAYNARD – 23rd September
In this workshop, ceramicist Finola Maynard will show guests how to design and make their very own tiles before taking to the pottery wheel to creating their own bowl and vessel.

Screen Printing with NICOLE LINE: (Date TBC)
Guests will create their own designs and give old possessions a new lease of life with this hands-on, step-by-step guide to the art of screen printing.

Carousel’s third creative dimension is art exhibitions, with the upstairs space having played host to a range of contemporary, up-and-coming artists including the likes of Oleg Tolstoy and Ana Milenkovic. Most recently exhibiting exclusive new artworks from London artist Ben Edmunds, who takes inspiration from the absorbing nature of graphic, abstract commercial art. This summer season, Carousel will continue to champion emerging creatives from London’s art scene. Full details can be found on the Carousel website alongside prices and timings, here.