ONE Table Dining Club – We Interview Chef Christopher Caudle
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One Table Dining Club is the one-stop-shop for great food in a great social setting!
Amazing food for a discerning crowd, be they groups, couples, or party-of-one’s! – MORE INFO HERE!
We caught up with chef and host Christopher Caudle, to baste ourselves in his culinary genius – check out our interview (right, or below for smartphone addicts).
They Say: “Not all supper clubs are created equal, and some can feel like the food has taken a back seat to the conversation. But ONE Table supper club, the creation of Chef Christopher Caudle, is a delicious exception.
So if you’re looking for a supper club that’s social without sacrificing the amazing food, check out ONE Table, where there’s always room for one more.”
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What inspired you to create ONE Table Dining Club?
I wanted to create a restaurant quality experience for people in a homely environment, serving delicious food and drawing on my chef experience from Bocca di Lupo. ONE Table started off in my flat, hence the name! However I decided to start cooking for a few more people and moved the whole experience to Soho Kitchen Club, which still feels like someone’s home. It’s cosy, convivial and relaxed where the kitchen blends with the dining space.
What are your favourite restaurants, foodie shops & markets in London?
I’m lucky enough to live a stone’s throw from the relatively new foody destination – Maltby Street and Spa Terminus. It’s lovely to wander the stalls and eateries around the area on Friday or Saturday. Tayshaws is a brilliant fruit and veg shop which has an incredible range of produce, and unlike other markets, doesn’t have stupid prices. I use several of the suppliers here for my own food events. A perennially reliable restaurant close to me is Zucca on Bermondsey Street. Great food, fair prices and wonderful service keeps me going back. Pizarro’s next door is also excellent too, just try their Iberico ham!
Tell us about your favourite secret/offbeat places in London?
Sir John Soanes museum is such a quirky treasure trove. It’s like an Aladdin’s cave walking into the basement rooms there. It never fails to amaze me, how did he get all this stuff in here?! I also love going to lectures given at The School of Life, which bring philosophical ideas and thinking to modern dilemmas. As Plato said, “The unexamined life is not worth living’.
What offbeat events are on your To Do List in the next month or so?
I live very close to the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe. It’s a wonderful focus for the local community. My neighbour Lottie has created a garden on top of Brunel’s shaft (!). She runs a pop-up bar there on Saturdays throughout the year called Midnight Apothecary and serves beautiful cocktails. Will definitely be going there in the coming weeks. I do a fair bit of socialising in the east end, and often go to Vogue Fabrics (where I ran Cucina Futurista a few years ago) or Dalston Superstore. The Towpath Café on Regent’s Canal, is a brilliant place for breakfast and is certainly due a visit now it’s getting warmer.
What are your favourite things to do for free or little money in London?
Cycling. After I finished my evening shift at Bocca di Lupo, I’d cycle home over Waterloo Bridge. It’s such a fantastic view, especially at night. That’s something I always appreciate about London, with no spending involved! I love cycling along the Thames, up and past the Thames Barrier. It’s incredible to watch the river widen and the urban landscape eventually give way to open fields and trees. Hampstead Heath is so beautiful. It’s a great getaway in the summer. You can lie in the long grass, watching Hawks flying overhead and experience near silence in the city.
What’s your ultimate London confession?
As a student I worked in the hosiery department of Harvey Nichols during the holidays.
What event or product of your own would you like to pimp on To Do List?
My next ONE Table Dining Club, April 29th at Soho Kitchen Club. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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