The Maude Experience
It has always been my dream to open a tiny, little restaurant, where I’m able to cook with the very best of the season, and create an incredible menu that changes regularly. Maude, named after my dear granny who opened my eyes to cooking and food, is the realization of my dream.
Each month a single ingredient inspires a menu of nine tasting plates, and this celebrated ingredient is creatively woven, to varying degrees, through each course. Some courses call for the hero ingredient to be at the center of the plate whilst at other times, it plays a supporting role to the rest of the produce and proteins making up the dish. By choosing a special ingredient to star in each course, from first bites right through to desserts, a beautiful, little challenge is born!
As chefs, we get to break down the ingredient by thinking about each of its edible parts, produce that will pair beautifully with it, cooking techniques to draw out the very best flavors and textures, and how it can work seamlessly through the entire menu. My hope is for my guests to leave loving and appreciating the ingredient, and its extraordinary versatility, just as much as my chefs and I do.
Our market driven, prix-fixe menu is designed to create an intimate chef’s table experience for my entire dining room, where every seat is within a comfortable distance to our open kitchen. All of the most incredible dining experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have, take place at my mates’ restaurants where they take the menu away, deliver a glass of champagne to the table, and away we go... course after course, I’m pleasantly surprised by the tasting plates that make it to my table. I’m excited to now have the opportunity to share this experience with each one of my guests at Maude, cooking with the freshest produce to hand and creating dishes driven by and changing with the seasons.
I have gathered together a small team of chefs and dining room staff, who have come from restaurants including Alinea, French Laundry, elBulli, Torrisi, Vue de Monde and Joel Robuchon, to help bring my vision to life. So bring your appetite; we are all super excited to welcome you to Maude.