Brighton based restaurant critic and author Andy Lynes will be swapping laptop for stovetop when he collaborates with his chef son George at a pop up kitchen on 6 Feb at The Marwood Café. In association with Tabl.com, a Brighton-based online platform for ‘food adventures’ the father-son duo will put together a four course menu that draws on their vast culinary experience entitled Generations. Andy doesn’t just write about cooking he’s also been known to get his hands dirty in the kitchen. He appeared on Masterchef in 1997 and was the first, and thus far only, British contestant to compete in the prestigious Sofitel Amateur Cook of the Year in Lyon. Closer to home, he was founder of the Brighton Food Society and has cooked at several events for the society.
Son George, 21, began his career apprenticing at The Chilli Pickle in Brighton, before moving on to commis chef at the Coal Shed, also in Brighton. His career also includes stints at Maze and Chez Bruce, as well as the Michellin-starred Curlew. ‘I’ve never cooked with my dad in a professional kitchen, so it’s going to be an interesting challenge,’ says George. ‘I’m really excited to have this opportunity to present some of my own dishes under my own name for the first time.’
The duo will be serving dishes such as ham hock, broad bean and Sussex curd served with scorched beer-pickled onions, warm bacon and mustard emulsion and parsley oil. A menu that draws on both George’s chef training as well as Andy’s dining experience.
‘I have very high standards when it comes to dining out,’ says Andy. ‘I’m a bit of a cheer leader for the hospitality industry but I’m also not shy in saying what I really think. One London restaurant that I gave a scathing one star review to was so unhappy with what I wrote that they threatened to sue me. So it’s a bit scary being on the other side of fence for once and putting myself on the line like this, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to deliver some fantastic food and that it will be a really great night.’
Fri 6 Feb
The Marwood Café