Kristian Baumann, head chef and co-owner of restaurant 108 in Copenhagen, will cook with Merlin Labron-Johnson at Portland in London on Sunday 22 October.
The chefs will host a collaborative on a one-off ten-course dinner to mark “the synergy between the two restaurant’s philosophies.”
Baumann — as is common among Copenhagen’s new-wave restaurant milieu — is an alumnus of Noma. The chef later helped to set up Relæ with head chef Jonathan Tam, before becoming head chef of 1.th. In July last year he opened 108, backed by Noma’s founder René Redzepi. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in February this year.
Labron-Johnson was working as a sous chef at the cult restaurant In de Wulf in Belgium (now closed), when Quality Chop House owner and co-founder Will Lander called. Nine months after Portland opened, it received a Michelin star; Labron-Johnson was 24 years old. The chef has since worked with Lander and business partner Daniel Morgenthau on the opening of Clipstone, another restaurant designed according to the modern, minimal template of not-so-fine-dining.
Their £60 tasting menu will include: 4 snacks and bread; 4 savoury courses; 1 pre-dessert course; 1 dessert course; and petit fours. An optional wine flight, paired by Portland’s beverage director James Fryer, will be available for an additional £40.
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