What a fabulous bash the Roux Two Dinner turned out to be. Setting out to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Shipbourne Farmers’ Market, one of the best in the country, while raising funds for charities and the restoration of St Giles’ Church
Catering and hospitality students from West Kent College and apprentices from Whiting & Hammond arrived early in the day and were lucky enough to get a masterclass in the arts of service by Roux Maitre D’ Silvano Giraldin and cooking from Roux Head Chef Bruno Valette who had come from London especially for the occasion to run the kitchen and service.
Then legendary Michelin starred father and son chefs Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr (who have close ties to the area) arrived to add real gastronomic sparkle to the evening.
The marquee looked spectacular in the afternoon summer sunshine and even better at dusk with the canopy lit by hundreds of sparkly fairy lights all under a starry sky.
The 170 guests were treated to a canapes and English sparkling wine reception followed by a dinner created by the legendary Rouxs using the finest Kentish ingredients; from Kentish cobnuts and asparagus to Guniea fowl; Winterdale chesse and of course, strawberries all supplied by Shipbourne Farmers’ Market stallholders and local craft suppliers.
If that wasn’t enough guests were then treated to a cabaret act with Hal and Lara Cazalet proving a sparkling combination accompanied by Stephen Higgins on the keyboard.
The silent auction and raffle prizes got a fantastic response and helped raise funds for the charities and toward restoration of the interior of St Giles’ Church
All too soon it was time to leave, but what a fabulous night everyone had enjoying the best of what makes England so great.
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