Durham Cathedral is welcoming back former maître chef des cuisines of the Savoy Hotel, Anton Edelmann and Master Sommelier and former World Champion Sommelier, Gerard Basset OBE, to offer guests a unique gourmet experience this autumn.
Both experts came to the Cathedral last summer for evening of fine wine and culinary delights and the feedback was so good that the Cathedral asked them to return for a second year.
The evening’s menu is inspired by John Thacker’s Art of Cookery (1758), from the Collections of Durham Cathedral and a sumptuous authentic Georgian feast with a modern twist will be served in the magnificent medieval Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral on Friday 7 October. Each course will be expertly matched with a glass of wine specifically chosen by Gerard Basset to perfectly complement Edelmann’s culinary delights.
The evening will begin at 6.30pm, when guests will be served a selection of delicious canapés, before enjoying three courses in the company of hosts Anton Edelmann and Gerard Basset. Each course and wine selection will be explained in detail and guests will have the opportunity to learn from the wealth of experience of these two experts and gain a fascinating insight into the culinary world.
Anton Edelmann is renowned for being maître chef des cuisines at the Savoy hotel for 21 years and now continues his craft in his own restaurant, Anton’s, in Hertfordshire. Gerard Basset OBE, is the only person to hold the titles Master of Wine, Master Sommelier and MBA Wine honours at the same time and is a world renowned expert and teacher for both professionals and amateurs.
Vanessa Ward, Head of Business and Commercial Services at Durham Cathedral, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Anton and Gerard back to the Undercroft Restaurant here at Durham Cathedral, following such a successful event last year.
“Diners who joined us last summer said the opportunity not only to meet and chat with these wonderful experts but to do so while enjoying some of the most fantastic culinary delights in such a unique setting, really made for a tremendous evening. We hope that people will join us again, either as returning guests, or for the first time, to sample this truly unique evening.”
The Undercroft Restaurant at Durham Cathedral is located in one of the most intact surviving medieval undercrofts in the UK and the John Thacker cookbook is part of the Cathedral’s extensive collections, many of which are housed in the recently opened Open Treasure exhibition experience.