October 4, 2018

Validation Dinner: Dean Heselden

Congratulations to chef Dean on his successful validation by the La Belle Assiette Jury!

Congratulations to chef Dean Heselden on his successful validation dinner. His validation took place on the 30th of September in Brighton. The role of the jury members was to try the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef. 

The Chef

Introducing Dean Heselden. He is a passionate multi-award wining Chef from the UK. His 20 years of experience includes owning his own restaurant as well as working in Spain, Portugal and the French Riviera. This has allowed him to gain national accolades in the UK such as Tilda Chef of the Year and National Chef of the Year Semi-finalist. Whilst running his restaurant, Dean was included in the Michelin Guide, awarded 2 rosettes by the AA Guide. He was also a finalist for the Best Restaurant in the South of England in the Guardian national paper. Dean has worked in Canada in and around the Canadian wine industry in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Whilst there, he headed up the Kitchen in the Sonora Room Restaurant at the Burrowing Owl Winery as well as operating his own Pop up Restaurant Series.

The Menu

Starter: The Beach
A selection of Local seafood with sea vegetables and a seaside emulsion

Middle: Memories of an Irish Bar
Seared & Braised Beef cooked in stout with confit potato and textures and flavours of onion

Dessert: The Forager
A selection of South Down berries with a wild lavender & Brighton honey panna cotta

“I couldn’t recommend Dean and the whole La Belle Assiette experience highly enough. Dean came to our home on a Sunday afternoon and prepared a meal for myself and five others for a dinner party I was hosting to celebrate my birthday. He was friendly, engaging and helped provide a really relaxed atmosphere. Whilst we had the option to discuss menu details before hand, I gave Dean free reign to come up with something he thought we might enjoy and he did not disappoint. All sourced using local ingredients his menu was exciting, tasty and beautifully presented. It was also meaty enough to satisfy the three builders around the table who I had told him about in our initial chat. Dean took the information I gave him and worked with it to prepare something which was ideal for everyone. He also found his way around our kitchen better than my husband without having to ask where anything was. All in all I could not have wished for a better birthday experience and will definitely be booking through La Belle Assiette again. Thankyou again Dean for a really enjoyable afternoon with superb food.”

“We had a really lovely experience with this. The chef cooked amazing food, which was top quality and all locally sourced. We had a small baby with us and the whole experience was still very relaxed and not at all rushed. Would definitely recommend.”

Chef Dean created a very impressive menu, leaving the guests satisfied and in awe of his talent. His experience shone through in every dish.

As a result, we are happy to announce the validation of chef Dean and know you would be in the best hands for your next dinner party! To view Dean’s menus, check out his profile: Dean Heselden

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