SNEAK PEEK: A TASTER OF THE CHEFS COOKING AT #MEATOPIA2021
According to Meatopia tradition, the festival’s line-up is always a closely-guarded secret in the run-up to the event, with the full list of chefs and dishes only being announced in the days before the gates open. But we know you’re excited to start compiling your own menu for the weekend, and we can’t help but shout about some of the brilliant talent that we’ve booked to cook.
With Covid making international travel complicated for the foreseeable, we’re taking the opportunity to showcase the vast array of fire-cooking talent from around the British Isles, booking pitmasters from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to join us at Tobacco Dock.
So just to whet your appetite, here is a snack-sized preview of some of the chefs who are confirmed to cook at #Meatopia2021.
JUST FOR STARTERS: A first look at the chefs of #Meatopia2021
ROBERTA HALL MC-CARRON, THE LITTLE CHARTROOM
You may recognise Roberta Hall-McCarron of The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh from the BBC’s Great British Menu. Sharing the food of her heritage, Roberta’s style of cooking is traditional Scottish with a French influence. She’s making a comeback after her first Meatopia appearance in 2019, where her ox tongue and haggis taco blew us all away.
BRAD CARTER, CARTERS OF MOSELEY
Self-trained chef Brad Carter owns Carters of Moseley in Birmingham, where his innovative flair and self-taught skills have earned him in a Michelin Star. You may remember his B1 Paella from our #MeatopiaAtHome series over summer 2020. This year will be his first time taking up a grill at the festival.
JAMES COCHRAN, 12:51
The critically-acclaimed James Cochran of 12:51 in London is returning to Meatopia to cook for a second time, following his popular pivot takeaway service, Around The Cluck.Last time he was serving up smoky, tender goat — we can’t wait to see what he comes up with for 2021.
KARAN GOKANI, HOPPERS
Karan Gokani heads up renowned Sri Lankan-inspired restaurant Hoppers, which now boasts three sites in London, each of which are rarely seen without a queue of eager customers. He’s no stranger to the docks, and his 2019 dish of grilled bone marrow with a fragrant, spiced garnish has stuck in our minds ever since.
FRANK, CURTIS AND MARTIN, FROM THE ASHES
The three chefs behind From The Ashes have cooked at Meatopia for a number of years as support chefs alongside the likes of Francis Mallmann and Franck Ribière. Last year, Frank, Curtis and Martin formed their own barbecue venture, turning out grilled goodness from a hatch in Hackney Wick. We’re thrilled to have them cooking under their own banner this year.
FREDDIE JANSSEN, SNACKBAR
Freddie Janssen runs east London cafe Snackbar, serving a mouth-watering rotating menu that packs a huge flavour punch. She’s known for creating the Doritos Fried Chicken Sandwich; one of this year’s most-hyped dishes. She’s returning after her first appearance at the festival in 2017.
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