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4 June 2017 A Great British Bake-off with a Slavic twist! If you thought French patisserie was the height of sweet sophistication, think again! We are inviting a dozen of home bakers to bring their loveliest creations – to share, to tell their story, to reminisce – and for the rest of us to pick our favourite and be merry! Until the Soviet revolution, Russian cakes were all the rage amongst the en vogue crowd of Paris and the rest of Europe. A thousand layered Napoleon cake, perfumed Honey cake and of course Charlotka – known as Charlotte a la Russe worldwide, are just some of the examples. If you want to enter your cake into the competition: - entry is free!- email us at  a brief description, plus your phone number by 29 May - bake your favourite cake – anything generous enough for 8-10 people – with some Russian story. Does NOT need to be a Russian cake, but you may have a German aunty who tasted a Jewish cake whilst in a pioneer camp near Moscow. You get the gist!:) If you want to be the taster: - tic is £12 and includes tastings of all the cakes, stories to share, and smiles to exchange. Plus we are inviting artisanal producers and making Russian tea in *those* train glass holders!                 - book here Kids go for free, but please you have to email us if you’re bringing them.
International line-up announced for Alyn Williams' CHEFstock:Among them - a  'culinary  hooligan' Anton  Kovalkov (formerly of  Moscow's Farenheit) A  stellar  line-up  of  some  of  the  world's  leading  chefs  is  confirmed  to  cookalongside  Michelin  starred  chef  Alyn  Williams  this  June  for  the  return  of CHEFstock.  Alyn can confirm he will be joined for the annual series of collaborative dinners at  his  Mayfair  restaurant Alyn  Williams  at  The  Westbury by: Ana  Ros (Slovenia),  Petter  Nilsson  (Sweden),  Tim  Hollingsworth  (USA)  and Anton Kovalkov (Russia). Each  Wednesday  throughout  the  month,  Alyn  and  a  guest  chef  will  create  a unique eight course tasting menu, to be served to diners in the restaurant that evening.   Each guest chef will create four original dishes designed to showcase his or her culinary identity. This will be complimented by four dishes from Alyn, acclaimed for his elegant and playful cuisine. Ana  Ros  is  chef  patron  of Hisa  Franko in  Slovenia  and  was  voted  The  World's Best  Female  Chef  2017  by The  World's  50  Best  Restaurants.  In  2016  Ana  and the  restaurant  were  featured  on Netflix's  acclaimed  documentary  series Chef's Table.  Ana's  food  plays  on  flavours,  textures  and  the  element  of  surprise  and has given new meaning to Slovenian cuisine.  From  restaurant Spritmuseum  in  Stockholm, Petter  Nilsson  is  internationally renowned  for  his  avant-garde  style  of  food,  which  takes  inspiration  from  the tried and test techniques of old Swedish peasant culture. Formerly head chef of La  Gazzetta  in  Paris  -  one  of  the  city's  most  celebrated  neo-bistros  -  Petter's contemporary and innovative cooking style is revolutionising Nordic cuisine. Tim  Hollingsworth  is  a  trailblazing  chef of  West  Coast USA.  Now  heading  up his  first  solo  venture Otium  in  LA,  Tim  made  his  name  at  Thomas  Keller's illustrious Californian restaurant The French Laundry. Tim's food brings together rustic cooking methods with a contemporary style.  One  of  the  rising  stars  of  the  Russian  restaurant  scene, Anton  Kovalkov  is renowned  for  reinventing  and  challenging  traditional  Russian  cuisine.  Formerly of  Moscow's  pioneering  restaurant Farenheit,  Anton  has  been  described  by critics  as  a  'culinary  hooligan,'  having  staged  at  some  of  the  best  kitchens  on the planet.  Alyn  said:  "This  is  the  first  year  that  all  of  the  guest  chefs  are  coming  to  the restaurant from outside of the UK, making this CHEFstock very special indeed. I'm hugely excited to collaborate with Ana, Petter, Tim and Anton; to discover some  new  styles  of  cooking  and  ingredients  and  to  design  some  entirely new dishes of my own. Expect each dinner to be totally different from the last."   The CHEFstock dates are as follows: Wednesday, June 7 Petter Nilsson Wednesday, June 14: Ana RosWednesday, June 21: Anton Kovalkov Wednesday, June 28: Tim Hollingsworth. Each CHEFstock dinner will commence at 6.30pm for 7pm.  Tickets  cost  £180  to  include  a  glass  of  Pol  Roger  champagne,  canapés,  water, coffee, petit fours and service charge. Bookings can be made by calling the reservation line on: 020 7183 6426 or by e-mailing