BYOB is so passé. Now you can bring your ingredients from home, too
If you like your dinner with a side of MasterChef, then you'll eat up this new dining concept in London.
Chefs Andrew Turner and Armand Sablon at the Hotel Café Royal Ten Room restaurant in London have launched a 'bring your own ingredient' experience, where diners are asked to bring four items or less for the chefs to whip into a culinary delight.
The experience is as much about the cooking as the final result, since the chefs discuss food preparation and recipes with their guests.
The best part? When it comes to choosing your ingredients, you can let your imagination run wild, bringing along foods like cheese strings and Hobnobs as well as more conventional choices like vegetables and fish.
"The idea came about as an alternative to a chef’s table or cooking class," executive chef Andrew Turner told the Evening Standard.
"We invite people to bring in ingredients they have grown or caught to prepare, discuss quality points and cooking techniques etc. We share our passion for products, seasonality and our experience of cooking in an informal environment.
"Sometimes our guests would like to see if we have the experience as alchemists to turn something like Wotsits into a gourmet experience – believe me that we wouldn’t if we couldn’t."
A BYOI meal in the Ten Room is £70 per person for the four-course menu including a glass of champagne and canapés, for lunch or dinner, catering to parties of four or more.
We'd love to see what these guys can do with a pack of Hula Hoops.