Tom Kerridge to host one-off lunch with world-famous French chef

By Daniel Woolfson

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Tom Kerridge to host one-off lunch with world-famous French chef

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Tom Kerridge is set to host a lunch with one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs at his Marlow pub, the Hand & Flowers, on Sunday 3 July.

Kerridge, owner of the double Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers and its sister pub the Coach, also in Marlow, met Alain Ducasse, whose restaurant empire includes the triple-starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, London, at the GQ Food and Drink Awards where they had the idea of collaborating.

Kerridge told the Publican’s Morning Advertiser​’s sister website Big Hospitality: “Although from the outside it feels like we run different businesses, we both share the same heart, soul and desire for produce and customer satisfaction. I think the synergy will work very well.”


Alain Ducasse’s executive chef at the Dorchester Jean-Philippe Blondet and Kerridge’s head chef at the Hand & Flowers Aaron Mulliss will prepare the four-course menu, which features English parsley soup with smoked eel and garlic, treacle-cured beef fillet with a chou farci and Yorkshire pudding, Ducasse’s iconic langoustine with summer vegetables and Eton mess.

The price of the menu also includes a glass of Eric Bordelet French cider. Both Kerridge and Ducasse will be in attendance on the day.


Kerridge added: “Myself and the whole team feel hugely honoured that such a great chef would like to spend a day with us. We have been excited about this event for over a year now and it will most definitely be one of the highlights of mine and my team’s careers.

“And I think from Mr Ducasse’s point of view, it’s just an excuse to get to the pub on a Sunday.”

The chef, whose second pub the Coach came fourth in this year’s Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs, recently announced the impending release of a new cookbook​ chronicling the diet he used to drop 12 stone in two and a half years.

The book, called Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My Low Carb, High Flavour, Stay Happy Way to Lose Weight, ​is set to be released in January 2017.   

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