The Frog Hoxton – the popular East London restaurant from critically-acclaimed chef Adam Handling – has announced the second series of guest chef dinners.
Kicking off in April, the series will once again see Head Chef Jamie Park and the Hoxton team collaborating with an exceptional line-up of culinary concepts on a set of one-off dinners.
The series will feature an exciting mix of emerging talent amongst well-established and celebrated industry names, as well as a diverse range of international culinary flavours
Clockwise from top left: Fabien Spagnolo and Max Truel – Kitchen F.M.; Jay Morjaria – JAE; Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis – Native; Yasmin Godfrey; Andy Stubbs – Low 'N' Slow; Ferdinand “Budgie” Montoya – Sarap.
Adam says, “I’m so excited to be launching a brand-new series of guest-chef dinners. It’s wonderful for our group to collaborate with so many inspiring and talented chefs, and to offer emerging chefs a London platform for people to try out their amazing food. There’s such a diverse line-up of cooking styles for this series and I can’t wait to have these fantastic chefs cooking at The Frog Hoxton.”
7th April – KITCHEN F.M.
Having grown up in the south of France, Fabien Spagnolo and Max Truel moved to London and met in the kitchen of the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, and later worked together at Frenchie Covent Garden. The pair then parted ways, with Spagnolo working at Michelin-starred The Ninth and The Corner Room, and Truel moving to Stem in Mayfair.
In 2017, the pair reunited to create Kitchen FM, a roving pop-up kitchen in London and the South of France, serving a seasonal menu featuring simple, modern dishes inspired by their French and Mediterranean roots, and influenced by their time in London. Previous residencies include the duo’s 2018 pop-up at Nest in Hackney, and more recently Borough’s Great Guns and Crispin restaurant.
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5th May – JAE
Born into the hospitality and produce industry and hailing from London, Jay Morjaria cooks his unique multi-heritage and East Asian inspired food at pop-ups around the UK and beyond. After working in the UK as a chef and consultant for ten years, Jay left the UK to work and train in South Korea and East Asia. His time in Korea and Japan increased his expertise in East Asian food, leading to the launch of his pop-up brand Dynasty Dining Club.
Since returning to London Jay has cooked for the UK Korean Ambassador to the UK, worked with the Japanese Embassy, and appeared on the BBC2 restaurant competition show, My Million Pound Menu.
Jay is currently developing his first restaurant, JAE, which will feature an innovative changing menu, with a focus on British seasonal produce and drawing on influences from East Asia and Jay’s heritage.
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19th May – NATIVE
Native is the first restaurant venture of Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis.
Following a series of pop-ups and street food markets, Ivan and Imogen settled into their first permanent site in Neal’s Yard in 2016, before relocating to London Bridge in July 2018 following a successful crowdfunding campaign, continuing their movement towards zero-waste, seasonally inspired eating.
Entirely self-taught, Ivan has completed stages at The River Cottage, and more recently at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill Farm at Stone Barns, honing his skills and developing his enthusiasm for natural, foraged and seasonal produce. Despite a long-held love of food, Ivan did not consider a career in the industry until his parents left London and he was forced to spend a summer in the countryside, where he quickly gained an appreciation for Britain’s wild produce; the joy of giving people happiness through food persuaded Ivan to turn his passion into his livelihood.
Having grown up in rural Northamptonshire, Imogen has always been at one with nature, running her family falconry business and managing the infamous Rufus the hawk. Hunter gathering is in Imogen’s blood, learning from a very young age the crafts of plucking, skinning & foraging whilst nurturing a truly wonderful palate for the wild food of Britain. Imogen was named in Grace Dents “10 People to Watch in the food industry 2017”.
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2nd June – SARAP
Moving from Sydney and having worked in London from 2012, Ferdinand “Budgie” Montoya counts his time at Restaurant Story, Dean Street Townhouse, Flat 3 and Foley’s as his biggest influences.
Sarap London was born out of a craving for chicken adobo and a means of rediscovering his Filipino roots. Centred around the mantra of authentic Filipino flavours delivered proudly inauthentically. Sarap aims to marry traditional recipes and reinterpret them with a modern and local narrative.