January 30, 2017

Validation Dinner: Michael Clay

Congratulations to chef Michael Clay on his successful validation by the La Belle Assiette Jury

Michael Clay

Congratulations to chef Michael Clay on his successful validation. His validation took place on the 21st of January in Manchester. The role of the jury members was to experience the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef.

labella-21-01-17-8-of-52Michael Clay is a chef with fourteen years of experience working in kitchens around the world. Having spent much of his formative kitchen experience working with Mediterranean chefs, Michael’s style reflects the cookery that is prevalent throughout much of this area, with a modern interpretation of traditional recipes. Most of his time has been spent working in restaurants in Britain but he has also spent considerable time working in France, New Zealand and Australia, most recently as Chef/ Proprietor of a critically acclaimed restaurant in Melbourne, cooking British bistro style cuisine. Taking cues from his time in Europe and South East Asia, he particularly enjoys the sharing style of eating multiple small plates and enjoys preparing food in this way at any opportunity, thus providing a talking point and a unique, gastronomic experience for the guests.



Thai Fried Chicken Wings with Galangal, Chilli and Coriander Root

Michael Clay


Tom Sum (Green Papaya Salad)

Michael Clay

Main Course

Beef Rendang and Morning Glory with Yellow Bean and Chilli

Michael Clay


Apple, Chilli and Palm Sugar Crumble

Michael Clay



We are happy to announce the validation of chef Michael Clay! His friendly and welcoming character made his guests feel at ease and he was more than happy to tell them about the background of each the dishes. His years of experience cooking in kitchens around the world enabled him to produce the perfect combination of exotics flavours and spice. The experience as a whole also reflected South East Asian eating culture, with multiple small plates for everyone to share.

Michael is a fantastic private chef and perfectly suited for your next dinner party! To view his profile and menus head to

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