Who’s Your Valentine? Chefs are Gearing up for a Takeaway Valentine this Year

We’ve been talking to various chefs about their plans for what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year and how they are adapting to restrictions.

Chef Mo Gherras at The Cross Keys in Sherborne, has created a special at home menu for this year’s valentine’s night and is using a special piece of kit to makes things easier.

The menu, which is for two people, costs £70 including local delivery or £82.50 with wine.

“I’ve kept the menu classical,” he told The Chefs’ Forum. “I’ve gone with the classic combination of cured salmon followed by braised beef and then a chocolate fondant. I’m looking to do around 50 deliveries nearby in the local area and I’ve also done a vegetarian menu to go alongside that.

“The vegetarian menu consists of teriyaki mushrooms followed by semolina and pumpkin gnocchi – and then the chocolate.”

Gherras was keen to add that his Rational Vario Cook Station is a great help in making these kind of evening offerings much simpler.

“It keeps all the cooking in one place and with the ability to cook 50 portions at once I can create a great menu with little fuss. “

Meanwhile, Tom Cenci is offering a delicious three or five-course ‘Ultimate St Valentine’s Feast’ on the Your Fork website.

Tom is inviting you to cook a special St Valentine’s Day feast. Covering either 3 or 5 courses, and available with or without a Your Fork Ingredient Box, Tom’s pre-recorded video will guide you through such culinary delights as cocoa seared onglet, braised cabbage, miso caramel butter (or a vegetarian option of cauliflower cheese pithivier, pickled walnuts and radishes), crispy polenta with truffle mayonnaise & triple chocolate brownie with honey ice cream.

Order the ingredient box to receive a full hamper of all ingredients, a bottle of wine cooking aprons and some extra special St Valentine’s Day treats to make sure that your day is as romantic as possible.

Tom is a real powerhouse of cuisine, cutting his teeth at Cliveden House Hotel & Duck & Waffle, Tom opened his own restaurant, Loyal Tavern in London’s Bermondsey. Most recently he has fronted the kitchen team at Stoney Street in London’s famous Borough Market.

Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston of Morston Hall is going with a five-course menu showcasing some of his fantastic Morston Hall Smoked Salmon that he smokes himself in a purpose-built smoking cupboard.

Here’s a film of Galton in action when we visited him earlier this year:

The other fantastic courses on offer include Butternut Squash and Parmesan Velouté, Hand-dived Orkney Scallops, Beef Wellington and Passion Fruit Tart.

Richard Davies at Calcot Hotel and Spa in Tetbury is creating special four course menu around foods deemed to be aphrodisiacs!

According to Richard, Asparagus, Salmon, Chocolate, truffles, nuts and celery all help to set pulses racing and encourage amorous tendencies!

Lisa Goodwin-Allen created a Gourmet Valentines Box that has now sold out.  Northcote offer different menus each week and they are so popular, that they have added the option to be notified when new menus are released.

What are you cooking for Valentines Chefs? Please let us know!