Girls’ Night Out!
Tuesday 3rd February
Margot Janse - Le Quartier Francais
Franschhoek, South Africa
Grand Chef Relais Chateaux
Lisa Allen - Northcote
1 Michelin Star
Take three highly talented female chefs each with their own unique style. Blend South African innovation with Italian inspired flair and Northcote’s very own ‘darling of the kitchen’ and you can rest assured you’re in for an exceptional evening.
Margot Janse is the incredibly talented Executive Chef at the award winning, Relais and Châteaux Le Quartier Français Hotel in Franschhoek. Born in The Netherlands her creative talents were evident right from the start. At the age of 23 she approached Ciro Molinaro, a highly respected Johannesburg restaurateur, who agreed to teach her in his own kitchen.
Her cooking overflows with innovative and creative energy. Every dish is truly refined and, at the same time, unexpectedly exciting. It is this contradiction that results in her menu’s outstanding balance and ensures that her cuisine is theatre.
Angela Hartnett, MBE, is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italy-inspired cooking. Born in Britain, her passion for good, honest food and the best ingredients was instilled in her by both her mother and her Italian grandmother.
Her career began at Aubergine then Zafferano and L’Oranger before Petrus, where she became head chef within seven short months and helped the restaurant achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; Menu and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay.
In 2007 Angela was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is Chef Proprietor and holds a Michelin star.
Nortcote’s Head Chef Lisa Allen leads the team on this special night. High regard should be given to the fact that Lisa was handed the position of Head Chef at the tender age of 23 and after only a couple years of service at Northcote.
Nigel and Lisa enjoy a symbiotic relationship based on a shared interest in local produce and a love of the region’s cuisine. Her cooking is playful and like her mentor, Nigel Haworth, she twists the hallmarks of Lancashire cuisine to invoke new tradition whilst maintaining a keen awareness of developments in culinary technique and technology