Taste of London 2012

This year’s Taste of London restaurant festival has celebrated the best of world class cuisine with a host of new international features and the impressive line-up of Michelin starred restaurants and world renowned chefs in the show’s nine year history, taking place between 21 and 24 June in London’s Regent’s Park.

The capital’s largest open air food and drink festival has welcomed also a raft of international talent including Wolfgang Puck, Nuno Mendes,Bruno Loubet and David Chang. .

Restaurants set to make their Taste of London debut included Jason Atherton’s award winning Pollen Street SocialBar Boulud (Dean Yasharian), Whitechapel Gallery (Angela Hartnett), The Corner Room (Nuno Mendes), Massimo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar (Massimo Riccioli), Barbecoa (Jamie Oliver & Adam Perry Lang) and newly launched Iberica Canary Wharf (Cesar Garcia) and Cinnamon Soho (Vivek Singh).

Celebrating London’s vibrant restaurant scene, Taste of London has helped setting the stage for a truly international summer, boasting a total of 11 Michelin stars with a line up including Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, Rhodes 24, Club Gascon, Petrus, Maze, Benares and Tamarind.

Jason Atherton is one of many chefs who was looking forward to starring alongside so many of London’s best chefs and those flying in from overseas for the show: “London is without doubt the world’s number one when it comes to finding quality cuisine from all around the world. Where else could you find as many Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants as French and Italian? It’s remarkable and Taste of London is a brilliant opportunity for people to enjoy a flavour of what London will be serving up to the rest of the world this summer.”

Over 50,000 visitors arrived to dine from 40 of the capital’s top restaurants, serving a mix of Asian, European and South American cuisine, enjoy international flavours from Malaysia, Brazil, Peru and the Caribbean and pick up the latest ingredients from 200 quality food and drink producers.

British Airways was once again offering first class service at its Executive Club Lounge whilst Laurent-Perrier champagne masterclasses delighted the senses with bespoke ‘tout les sens’ masterclass sessions involving champagne, food and flowers.

Nespresso has this time created masterclass sessions with top chefs to present their rich world of coffee in the pairings with the exquisite cuisine. One of the sessions was wonderfully created by the Indian Michelin starred chef from restaurant Benares (Mayfair, London), Atul Kochhar.

Such a colourful mixture of tastes, ingredients, cultures and nationalities is not possible anywhere else in Europe and that is what makes Taste of London unique.
All photos © Laura Lajh Prijatelj

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