I love pop-ups. What are you going to eat? Who will be there? Will we meet the chef? Is this the only chance we will get to eat in this venue? All of these questions usually add up to a fun eating out experience, that’s just a little bit different.
For chefs pop-ups are a great way of experimenting with dishes and ingredients, building their brand and showcasing their creativity without being tied to permanent restaurant.
So this is a chef that I think you will be hearing a lot more of in the future – Ben Tesh.
From Noma in Denmark to Turners Restaurant in Birmingham, the affable Yorkshireman has trained at some of the UK’s best Michelin starred restaurants and started hosting pop-ups earlier this year.
After trying his menu out at the Kitchen Garden Café, Ben is moving into the city centre for a new Summer residency at Urban Coffee Company in Church Street.
Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 23 June to end of August Ben will be creating a six course dinner for 30 guests. Ben is keen to showcase the best seasonal ingredients and diners can look forward to dishes such as Langoustine, lamb with seaweed and sea kale, plus Yorkshire Rhubarb with preserved cherry blossoms at his pop-ups.
When I asked Ben why he wanted to host pop-ups, he said; “Pop ups give me the ability to be more creative, flexible and experimental with my food. I love how they break down that barrier that separates the chef and customer in most restaurants, so allowing me to be really interactive with my customers, which is something I love. The direct feedback is great way to keep learning and keep evolving my cooking for people to enjoy.”
Be one of the first to discover Ben’s culinary skills at the launch night on Saturday 28 May at 7pm. The six course dinner is £39.50 and a wine flight is also available on the night for £20. Book via firstname.lastname@example.org