Congratulations to chef Alex Thurley-Ratcliff on his successful validation. His validation took place on the 4th of December in Southampton. The Jury members consisted of regular customers of La Belle Assiette. Their role was to experience the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef.A self-taught cook for 30+ years, Alex shifted career in 2015 to work in the restaurant trade. He now works in a vegan restaurant and teams up with other chefs at vegan supper clubs and street food events. He is committed to fresh, local and sustainable produce wherever possible – favouring seasonal but inspirational ingredients. He’s innovative but respects the best of Anglo-French culinary traditions, looking for delighted customers first! He is specifically interested in relishes, jams and jellies, chutneys and fresh pickling, kim chee; or in building complex, rich flavours from everyday ingredients. However he’s equally happy making fresh, delicate soups, or baking enticing desserts. Vegan ice cream is a constant challenge and his sea salt ice cream is a particularly fun take on a traditional beach theme – paired with pine-scented sugar “sand” and candied samphire.
Chef’s selection of Canapés
Celeriac, fennel and beetroot soups with an apple crisp and cumin oil served with rye bread
Ballotine of wild mushrooms, roasted seasonal root vegetables and fondant potatoes garnished with hot pickled cranberries and a red wine jus
Cardamom poached pears with chestnut ice cream, salted chocolate curls and marron glace
“All the courses were delicious and very tasty, my favourites were the soup and the dessert. We all loved the chestnut ice cream and the blackberry whisky was a lovely surprise at the end of the evening. Overall I thought the food tasted delicious and cannot fault the flavours or taste.” Emma.
We are happy to announce the validation of chef Alex who produced an interesting and flavoursome vegetarian menu for his validation dinner. Despite his guests traditionally being meat eaters they were all impressed with Alex’s food and found him very personable and well presented. To view his menus head to www.labelleassiette.co.uk/alex-thurley-ratcliff