BBQ Time at The Dorchester

The new rooftop restaurant opening-up at The Dorchester this week will feature Kamado Joe Ceramic Grills and Oxford Charcoal in a first for The Chefs’ Forum.

The Dorchester Rooftop, spearheaded by Dorchester chefs Mario Perera, John-Phillipe Blondet and Tom Booton, will welcome its first guests from Monday, 12 April. Guests will be able to taste a delicious rooftop menu cooked by chefs on special ceramic Kamado Joe grills, using both the hardwood blend and ethical hardwood blends of locally-sourced kiln-fired charcoal provided by Oxford Charcoal. View the menus here and here.

Mario Perera, Executive Chef at The Dorchester told The Chefs’ Forum:

“Hyde Park is at its most beautiful this time of year, so it’s a perfect time to unveil our new rooftop restaurant, commanding stunning views from the top of the hotel.”

The hotel is planning to open the rooftop throughout the spring and summer and will host  live music and a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups led by my culinary team and I, featuring a British summertime menu by Tom Booton and modern and informal French dining by Jean-Philippe Blondet.”

Serena, Business Development Manager at Oxford Charcoal added

“We are excited and extremely pleased to be joining The Chefs’ Forum in sponsoring the BBQs for the opening week of The Dorchester Rooftop.  The chefs will be using both our British Hardwood Blend and our Ethical hardwood blend, that are both restaurant grade charcoal and will enable the chefs to enjoy a consistent and high-quality burn throughout their daily busy service.”

Catherine Farinha said:

“It’s great to be able to support our friends at The Dorchester in this way. Our Kamado Joe BBQs are often the very popular focal point at our chef networking events and it’s great to be able to show them off at such a prestigious hotel.  We are delighted to be working closely with The Dorchester to showcase them as a fantastic employer to our network of catering colleges and are honored to have such esteemed chefs  creating delicious live-fire dishes on the grills for their guests throughout the summer.”

The Chefs’ Forum is looking forward to hosting a virtual employer engagement event next week, on the 20th April, which will see nearly 200 hospitality and catering students from five catering colleges join a Zoom event to explore career opportunities at The Dorchester Collection of hotels in the UK, including The Dorchester, Park Lane and Coworth Park in Ascot.

The Dorchester chefs, F&B, Front of House, Housekeeping and Floristry teams will give a series of live talks and demos via Zoom to give the students a real feel for what it is like to work at such a high-end operation and most importantly, how they could go about applying to work at The Dorchester Collection.