Kricket’s Annual Chef Series Returns with a Bang
World-renowned chefs join the team at Kricket White City throughout September.
Kricket’s Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell are excited for their annual Chef Series in aid of the Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) to resume this year. With 2020’s plans scuppered due to Covid19, the event returns this September at Kricket Television Centre (White City) with an outstanding line-up of world-renowned chefs: James Cochran, Michel Roux Jr, Andrew Clarke and Selin Kiazim.
A long term charity partner, the Kricket team has raised over £10,000 over the years for AAWC. This year the charity has been indispensable in its work helping Mumbai’s red-light district, an area acutely affected by the global pandemic over the last year. All profit’s for this year’s event will go towards supporting AAWC in the charity’s much needed work.
Collaborating with Will Bowlby in the kitchen, each chef will bring their own unique twist to Kricket’s modern Indian offering. With tickets at £55 per person for a 3-course sharing menu and welcome drink, the events will take place on subsequent Tuesdays in September.
Tuesday 7th September: Kricket x James Cochran
Precision and technicality shine through in James Cochran’s cooking at his own restaurant, 1251, as well as his relaxed vibe and mixed heritage. The Great British Menu regular (and 2018 winner) will work with Will to create an exclusive menu for the night, showcasing Kricket’s culinary philosophy and celebration of Indian food alongside James’ exploratory and creative style. Expect fireworks.
Tuesday 14th September: Kricket x Michel Roux Jr
A man needing no introduction, the Kricket team is honoured to have Michel as part of their series this year. A supporter of Kricket since the early days, Will will work side by side with Michel to pay respect to the dishes of the much lauded Le Gavroche restaurant in a uniquely different context.
Tuesday 21st September: Kricket x Andrew Clarke
An award winning chef, Andrew challenges perceptions with his unique style and respect for the ingredients he champions. A regular with fire cooking and with a preexisting love for the Indian subcontinent Andrew’s involvement in this year’s series is particularly fitting. The menu promises to be bold, exciting and full of theatre.
Tuesday 28th September: Kricket x Selin Kiazim
Chef Patron of the brilliant Oklava in East London and Great British Menu finalist, Selin’s worldly approach to cooking is the perfect fit for Kricket. With the chef’s Turkish/Cypriot roots informing much of her food, there is a natural synergy between Selin and Wills’ cooking. As with the offering at Kricket, Selin chooses to celebrate the cuisine of her heritage within a much more diverse context, never shying away from mixing cuisines or cultures. The event promises to be an explosion of flavour, a culinary guide to blending tastes.
- Reservations can be made from Tuesday 27th at 9am here: https://kricket.co.uk/guest-chef-series-2021/
- Tickets are £55 per person
- Any cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event
Kricket was founded by university friends Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell in 2015, in the form of a 20-seater shipping container in Pop Brixton. The space came shortly after Rik left his job in finance to focus on the hospitality sector and Will returned from living and working as a Head Chef in India to working under Vivek Singh at London’s Cinnamon Kitchen (City). They joined forces to create their own Indian-inspired restaurant – with Rik leading FOH and Will in the kitchen. The pair opened their first permanent restaurant in Soho in January 2017, earning and retaining a Michelin Bib Gourmand in the first year. In 2018, they opened Kricket Brixton and Kricket Television Centre. The duo are launching their debut bar, SOMA, this September in Soho.
About Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC):
Founded in 1990, AAWC is an anti-trafficking organisation that serves the women in brothel-based prostitution and their children in Asia’s second largest red light district of Kamathipura (Mumbai). By providing members with the tools and resources to create a better quality of life, the charity seeks to empower women who have been trafficked into brothel-based prostitution prevent the cycle of intergenerational prostitution amongst their daughters and prepare their toddlers for formal schooling. As of March 2019, the Collective has served more than 3000 women and children. Alumni have earned vocational skills, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and entered respected professions including accountancy, beauty therapy, business process outsourcing, dance, education, hospitality management, luxury cuisine, medical compounding, nursing, photography, retail and social work.