It’s been 35 years since Pierre Koffmann opened his legendary La Tante Claire restaurant. As a celebration Pierre will be inviting nine of his protégés (all now leading chefs in their own right) to cook with him for a special two night event in November. Find out which chefs Pierre influenced and how they feel about cooking with him again
At Koffman’s at the Berkeley on Sunday 11th November 2012 and Monday 12th November 2012, five leading chefs will present dishes inspired by their time working with Pierre. Koffmann himself will prepare his own iconic dish each night as the main course. After the meal, Pierre and the chefs will join guests to raise a glass to his outstanding 35 year career and tell a tale or two from their memorable days together.
On 11th November Pierre will be joined by Bruno Loubet - Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Eric Chavot - Brasserie Chavot, Raphael Duntoye - La Petite Maison, Tom Kitchin - The Kitchin and William Curley - Chocolatier. On 12th November, the chefs cooking with Pierre will be Tom Aikens - Tom Aikens Restaurant, Eric Chavot - Brasserie Chavot, Paul Rhodes - Rhodes Bakeries , Helena Puolakka - Skylon and Claude Lamarche - The Arts Club
Tom Aikens was only 22 when he began working for Pierre as Chef de Partie at La Tante Claire, which earned its third Michelin star at that time. Bruno Loubet first came to the UK from France in 1982 to work as a Commis Chef at La Tante Claire. During his time there he was awarded Good Food Guide Young Chef of the Year. Pierre’s training clearly means that his protégés go on to do great things. You can see more about what inspired the upcoming event in the video below
The chefs were all delighted to be working with Pierre once again. Leading Chocolatier, William Curley (whose work we featured particularly chocolately blog post!) said “There’s a real connection with Pierre that never leaves you. What I learnt then is part of what we do now. What we’re putting together will be a tribute to Pierre”.
To find out more about the event visit La Reunion des Chefs