Lympstone Manor will be hosting its inaugural Protégé Dinner event to celebrate the talented chefs who have trained under celebrated British chef Michael Caines during their formative years on 19 September 2018. Each of the eight hand-selected protégés will be joining Michael from across the UK and Ireland to create a collaborative eight-course tasting menu in his Michelin-starred kitchen. All of these chefs now hold the accolade of running their own kitchens at properties including the Grove of Narberth, Ballyfin Demesne and Kentisbury Grange.
The collaborative menu is a celebration of the chefs’ culinary skill and technique. The eight-courses will be accompanied by a matching wine flight perfectly selected by Michael’s formative head sommelier, Edouard Oger, presently a master sommelier at the Court of Master Sommeliers. Dishes include wild river Exe fish with Exton saffron and estuary sea herbs from Tom Williams-Hawkes at the Salutation Inn, Topsham and Exmoor venison with celeriac, cavolo nero and blackberry from Liam Finnegan at The Castle, Taunton.
Sam Moody, head chef at Ballyfin Demesne, one of Ireland’s most renowned country house hotels, holds fond memories of his formative years with Michael, saying “Michael’s tireless pursuit of perfection in cuisine and service remains a huge inspiration.”
Commenting on this special event celebrating a collection of the chefs he has influenced throughout his career, Michael Caines MBE says “it’s an honour and a privilege to watch chefs flourish in their careers, heading up kitchens across the UK and Ireland and growing as culinary masters in their own right. I am incredibly excited to welcome these familiar faces to Lympstone Manor to create what will be a unique and exciting dinner, celebrating the strengths of these talented protégés.”
Tickets for the Protégé Dinner start from £255 per person including the eight-course menu and matching wine flight. For guests looking to extend their visit with overnight accommodation, prices start from £735 per room based on double occupancy, including accommodation, breakfast and morning tea or coffee.