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September 19, 2018

Validation Dinner: Richard Johnson

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

Congratulations to chef Richard Johnson on his successful validation dinner. His validation took place on the 18th of September in Bury Saint Edmunds. The role of the jury members was to try the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef. 

The Chef

Born in the West Midlands, Richard Johnson moved to Suffolk when he was only 15 having decided to embrace a career as a chef. Trained among the team of Seckford Hall, Woodbridge, he then chose to develop his skills at the renowned Thornburg Castle in Bristol. There, he truly got familiar with gastronomic cuisine, cooking for celebrities and catering for major corporate events. After 2 years of dedication, being part of the team who worked on obtaining a third rosette, he enrolled for a new adventure : France.

In Paris, he became in charge of the kitchen in Les Fontaines, a typical French bistro for which he designed daily menus. In just a few months, he made it the best rated restaurant in the 11th district. This is when he decided to reunite with fine dining. He joined the team of the luxurious Bains, a 5 star hotel-restaurant, under the talented chef Michaël Riss and Michelin star executive chef Phillip Labbé. His family life then took him to the South of France, in Aix-en-Provence, another experience which allowed him to broaden his culinary culture and sharpen his techniques.

Going back to his roots, Richard Johnson now wants to share his knowledge and passion, making sure his guests enjoy a unique and original experience.

The Menu

Starter
Salmon gravedlax; golden beetroot, avocado and dill sauce vierge

Main
Pork belly; pomme duchesse, purple carrot, Serrano ham, cognac jus

Dessert
Lemon tart; sable biscuits, lemon curd, textured raspberries

“An effortless way to host a dinner party! Chef Richard phoned to introduce himself and did all the ground work asking about the facilities in my kitchen and the type of menu I would like. Once we had agreed the menu, hey presto, he turned up promptly on the night, spotless in his Chef whites and proceeded to cook a beautiful and delicious three course dinner. Accomplished cooking, high quality ingredients and charming service. Everything all cleared away at the end and the kitchen left spotlessly. A perfect night in and highly recommended. Thank you Richard for the hard work and effort you made in making our evening a great success.” 

Richard created a fantastic meal for his Validation Dinner. Each dish was beautifully presented and his wealth of experience shone through. He was an absolute pleasure to host.

We are happy to announce the validation of chef Richard and know you would be in the best hands for your next dinner party! To view Richard’s menus, check out his profile: https://labelleassiette.co.uk/richard-johnson

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