Taste of London 2016: what to expect

Taste of London 2016: what to expect

by Great British Chefs 19 May 2016

From 15–19 June, Regent's Park will welcome some of the best chefs, bartenders and producers in the capital to create one of the greatest food festivals of the year. Here's just a taste of what you can look forward to.

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Food festivals always make for a great day out, but Taste of London is one of the only ones where you can taste signature dishes from over forty of the capital’s most exciting restaurants while you walk around. You can snack on something Japanese from Kurobuta, try the trendiest dish in London from Duck & Waffle, experience classical French at its finest from Koffmann’s at The Berkeley or get a taste for Spanish tapas at Pizarro – all in one day without worrying about reservations. We’ll even be there with our Taste of Britain stand, featuring chefs from the rest of the UK who have come to the city to showcase their incredible dishes.

Of course, there are also live demonstrations from famous faces such as Nathan Outlaw and Monica Galetti, workshops where you can get to grips with things like wine pairing and whisky tasting as well as hundreds of stalls offering the highest quality food and drink.

We’ve been talking to some of the most exciting chefs taking part to find out what they’re rustling up, why they’re looking forward to the event and what trends they’re predicting this summer.

Our highlights

The opening night of Taste of London had it all – incredible food, delicious drink and a slew of famous faces all eager to tuck into some of the capital's best cuisine. We were there to uncover the hidden gems of the festival – see what we discovered here.

Visit our pop-up at Taste of London

For the first time this year, we'll be hosting our own pop-up at the festival, featuring three incredible chefs from London and beyond. Our Taste of Britain stand will see Adam Gray, André Garrett and Andy McLeish serving dishes such as Dover sole 'Veronique', smoked Lincolnshire eel and white tomato soup. Discover the full menu and learn more about the chefs on our Great British Chefs at Taste of London 2016 feature.

Taste of London 2016: José Pizarro

José Pizarro, José Pizarro Broadgate

José Pizarro has been serving some of the finest tapas in London for years, and his simple formula of amazing ingredients, fantastic flavours and simple presentation has proved a hit with anyone seeking a true taste of Spain. He will be serving his incredible prawn fritters and Basque hake with white asparagus and clams, as well as his famously simple (yet incredibly delicious) plate of Iberico ham.

Taste of London 2016: Pierre Koffmann

Pierre Koffmann, Koffmann’s at The Berkeley

As the Frenchman who trained chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Eric Chavot and Tom Kitchin, describing Pierre Koffmann as a legend almost seems like an understatement. As one of the great French chefs, he now serves incredible brasserie classics at The Berkeley, in Knightsbridge, and is one of the most respected chefs appearing at Taste.

Taste of London 2016: Scott Hallsworth

Scott Hallsworth, Kurobuta

As the owner of Kurobata, a small collection of restaurants found throughout London, Scott Hallsworth is a true expert on Japanese cuisine. The Nobu ex-head chef based his business on the izakayas of Japan, serving up gourmet fast food with a punk-rock vibe. He’ll be returning to Taste after an incredibly popular stint at last year’s event with one of the most unusual dishes of the festival – an octopus doughnut. Watch the video above to see what he’s up to in the kitchen.

Taste of London 2016: Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty, Duck & Waffle

For a city that never sleeps, Duck & Waffle is a welcome treat for night owls and early risers alike. Open twenty-four hours a day, the kitchen is most famous for its eponymous dish – which will, of course, be appearing at the festival – but there are many more treats that executive chef Dan Doherty is planning to serve. We talked to him and found out what he’s got up his sleeve.