Six of the UK’s leading chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, will cook for diners in one of the London Eye’s capsules, as it turns into a pop-up restaurant for the first London Restaurant Festival (LRF) on 8-13 October.
Ramsay will join Richard Corrigan, Francesco Mazei, Vineet Bhatia, Endo San and a chef from Zuma as they take it in turns to represent London’s most popular cuisines, catering for up to 10 diners per evening.
Tickets for the one-off Gordon Ramsay event will be auctioned off at a private charity event, the Maggie and Rose Art for Starlight evening on 26 September at The Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, although keen diners can place their bids in seale envelopes in advance.
The other evenings will be auctioned off in aid of Action Against Hunger, the details of which will be released shortly.
Simon Davis, co-founder of the London Restaurant Festival, said: “Many things are called ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences but few genuinely are. We believe that by turning London’s most popular attraction into a ‘pop-up’ restaurant, with dinner prepared by some of the capital’s top chefs, we have an event that justifies that tag. In fact we think that people who experience any of the London Restaurant Festival’s one-off events will rightly feel they have done something that comes round just once in a lifetime.”
The LRF is the result of a collaboration between Davis and Evening Standard restaurant critic Fay Maschler, and aims to boost restaurant takings across the city by 20 per cent.
The festival will also see Pierre Koffman return to London to open a pop-up restaurant on the roof of Selfridges, which will now run for an extra week after the festival ends.