Manchester’s most exclusive and renowned 5* Hotel Gotham showcased its dazzling menu at The Honey Restaurant’s ticketed fine dining event, as hosted by three culinary superstars; Masterchef Finalist from Stockport, David Crichton, Hollyoaks Actress and rising chef Daisy Wood-Davis, and Honey Restaurant’s, new award-winning Head Chef, Ross Marshall.
Guests enjoyed a champagne and canapé arrival in the high-class Club Brass, before embarking on a carefully considered five-course meal, accompanied by wine pairings assembled by the hotel’s resident sommelier, Alessandro Sardella.
With divine interludes throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the live soulful voice of Victoria Ekanoye, and jazzy piano tinkles from pianist Sam Emery.
Well known from his roles in BBC One’s ‘Happy Valley’, ‘Ordinary Lies’, and ‘The A Word’, and straight from filming with Emma Thompson and the rest of the cast from Russel T Davies’ new drama, Years and Years, VIP George Bukhari joined guests at the event. Hollyoaks’ Luke Jerdy, also attended and enjoyed the lovely evening whilst supporting his long-term girlfriend, Daisy.
At the end of the dining experience, guests were joined by the three accomplished chefs, providing a special Q&A opportunity. When asked what the inspired the dishes, Daisy explained, “I’m really passionate about recognising the environmental impact of the food industry, which is why even though I’m not fully vegan myself, I like to experiment with vegan dishes & prove that they’re not just for people with a vegan diet. Everything was in season and therefore sourced from the U.K. I added borage to the gnocchi dough – this was to deliver something a little different, and to celebrate this magnificent herb that holds some pretty powerful health benefits. It’s normally used as an oil for medicinal purposes, and can help with things from arthritis to asthma.”
Daisy also explained her passion for cooking Italian food, and her love of always bringing the outside in when coming up with new ideas for dishes.
Head Chef, Ross also explained how important it is to use locally sourced food, “Suppliers and providence is really important to me – as is seasonality. I work hard to collaborate with my farmers and contacts. Even tonight’s dessert featured single origin chocolate. It’s vital, to me, that the money goes straight to the farmer, not to a multitude of other outside people.”
Having confessed to having a terrible sense of smell, Masterchef winner David enlightened guests on the significance of textures ,“I have to make up for any risks this may induce by heightening the use of textures to bring my dishes to life. Textures are also important to think about when considering vegetarian dishes. How can you make a vegetarian dish good? Simply consider all of your textures and start with the very best vegetables. Let the ingredients speak for themselves.” He also explained the reasoning behind the dessert, ‘Careless Wispa’ – “This was inspired by a theme of idols. When I was younger, I always used to sing the lyrics to ‘Careless Whispers’ as ‘Cadbury’s Wispa’. And, I like chocolate. It’s as simple as that, really”.
One member of the audience directed a question to Mario Ovsenjak, Hotel Gotham’s gracious General Manager. Why doesn’t Manchester have a Michelin star? “We don’t know. Manchester House tried, but they had to give up, which was a sad loss to the Manchester dining scene. When we opened Hotel Gotham, we said that Club Brass would be a private members dining club. We had some bite back, as the media thought that this was a concept which wouldn’t work in Manchester. Our view, however, was not to question whether Manchester was good enough for a private members club, but to deliver one it deserves anyway. If there’s a product that works globally, why wouldn’t it work here? Is this the same issue as gaining a star in Manchester? It could be that there’s too much political involvement.”
Another guest asked Mario, “Besides The Honey Restaurant, where else would you choose to live?”. Pausing for a brief recollection, Mario shares his recommendations, “The quality at The Hawksmoor is always good and simple enough – there’s not much more I want than that. I go to the Curry Mile often enough – don’t pretend you’ve never been there; I think the staff and the food there is fantastic. There’s also a small Lebanese in Chorlton I like to visit occasionally. I’m really looking forward to the opening of The Ivy. I’m not worried about the competition there though, I’m adamant that the case should always be ‘the more the merrier’. Brilliant new openings like this bring in more clients, more colleagues and friends to the city. It can only be a good thing”.
Hotel Gotham is an award-winning luxury property in central Manchester, which first opened in April 2015 under the management of Bespoke Hotels. Located at 100 King Street, it is five-star AA certified and has claimed over fifteen awards since launch, including ‘World’s Best New Hotel’, ‘Best Launch Campaign’, ‘Hotel of the Year’, ‘Coolest Boutique Hotel’ and ‘Manchester’s Finest’.
Standing within the famed art deco fortress at the heart of Manchester’s designer shopping district, Hotel Gotham is a Grade II listed Lutyens building surrounded on all sides by a vibrant sea of commuters and shoppers. First designed in 1928, the building has been painfully restored and transformed from its previous banking life into the handsome 60-room Hotel Gotham, which also features an exclusive rooftop member’s club, Brass, alongside the panoramic views of its sixth-floor restaurant, Honey.
You can book at table at Honey Restaurant by calling Hotel Gotham on 0161 413 0000.