Guest chef dining experiences set to launch in iconic Edinburgh restaurant

Next month, the three AA rosette restaurant, The Pompadour in Edinburgh, will launch its exclusive Guest Chef Series, bringing five chefs with Michelin-starred experience to the capital for the first time between 11 May and 31 July.

Published 16th Apr 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The first guest chef to launch this gastronomic experience and showcase his distinctive modern French cuisine is London-based Phil Howard on 11 May.

Co-owner of Elystan Street in Chelsea, Phil began his career working for the Roux, after honing his skills there and also with Marco Pierre White. There after he went on to open his first restaurant The Square where he secured two Michelin stars.

This will be followed on May 30 by Michelin-starred chef John Duffin, owner of John’s House in Loughborough.

Having started his career in London, John has returned to his roots in Leicestershire and is a keen champion of farm to plate, working closely with local producers to ensure the best ingredient led experiences for his guests.

The Guest Chef Series is the brainchild of The Pompadour’s Head Chef, Dan Ashmore, each of the five chefs visiting Edinburgh has inspired and influenced him at different points during his career.

They will be given the opportunity to take over the restaurant for one night each and create a unique tasting menu and rare dining experience for guests showcasing their acclaimed dishes.

The other three chefs participating in the programme include: Peter Hall, from Lorne Restaurant in London (6 June); Rupert Rowley, MSK Ingredients, Chesterfield (27 June); and Michelin-starred Paul Welburn, Oxford Kitchen, Oxford (31 July)

With five gastronomic experiences lined up, running over three months, each will be held in the elegant surroundings of The Pompadour, which overlooks Edinburgh Castle and is situated in The Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian.

Sharing his vision for the Guest Chef Series, Dan Ashmore, Head Chef at The Pompadour said: “For three months there will be the chance to experience some of the UK’s most talented chefs from the south of England all under one roof at The Pompadour.

"These five individuals are respected around the world and we are very excited to welcome them to Edinburgh.

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“Having worked with each of the chefs during my career, I have been inspired by their talent and skills.

“I have also been fortunate enough to sample their dishes and wanted to give Edinburgh residents and visitors the opportunity to experience some of the finest food this group can produce using the wonderful produce we have on our doorstep in Scotland.”

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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