During the last 10 days of August, Sussex is abuzz with a wide variety of festival events – one of which has now become a sell-out runaway success each time – the International Chef Exchange.
This time around, drakes in Brighton gets the fabulous foodie-swap treatment and will be exchanging chefs with the highly acclaimed fine dining Cliff at Cap restaurant at Cap Maison in St Lucia. Executive Chef Craig Jones from the Caribbean dining hotspot will be taking over the kitchen at the restaurant at drakes in Brighton for one night only on Wednesday, 26th August, 2015.
Craig will be working alongside top Brighton chef Andrew MacKenzie to create a very special dinner showcasing his international culinary skills and in his unique French Caribbean fusion style.
This gourmet, fine dining menu will no doubt heavily feature seafood as both restaurants are located on the seafront, and will be accompanied by specially selected wines which best match and enhance all three of the featured courses. If there are still any tickets left by the time we go to print, I would go and get one if I were you.
Carla ter Maat at drakes says, “We are thrilled to be participating once again in the Chef Exchange and look forward to hosting Craig. The opportunity to exhibit our respective culinary skills and foods to our partner audiences is a great thrill. It provides an exciting opportunity for the chefs to share different preparation and cooking practices, working with new ingredients, sharing new ideas.”
This event is the first part of this reciprocal exchange and therefore Andy will, in return, take over the kitchen at Cliff on Cap restaurant in St Lucia for the second part of this exchange in October. Anyone who fancies going form an orderly queue.
The International Chef Exchange is a hugely successful initiative created by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival that has seen leading chefs from Sussex and the South East partner with colleagues abroad.
The objectives are to share best practice, showcase quality food and drink to potential export markets, and to promote the gastronomic tourism offering of participating regions.
It’s successfully put Sussex on the map in terms of the superb range of foods and wines available in the region, and goes a long way to promoting the area as a whole, across the globe.
Tickets for August 26th event in Brighton are available via the Brighton & Hove Food Festival website www.brightonfoodfestival.com