Nutritional Gastronomy – Fine Dining Reinvented by Matt Campbell:
Where do you go as a Professional Masterchef, when you have trained at Simon Rogan’s L’Eclume, come second in the BBC Young Chef of the year by the tender age of 20 and been recognised by Marcus Wareing for your signature dish of “Cod Cheeks, Spirulina, Kale & Kombucha” as the best dish he’s ever tasted on Masterchef the Professionals? Especially if you have a passion for healthy living and love running marathons. Matt Campbell is a man on a mission, to introduce the world to Nutritional Gastronomy.
Matt is drawing on all his skills and nutritional knowledge to establish ‘Nutritional Gastronomy’ – an exciting movement which bridges the gap between gastronomy and health. It’s not often you can enjoy a five-course tasting menu that leaves you feeling full but not overwhelmed and that, at least on paper, sounds healthy!
I went along to CloudM, the penthouse bar and roof terrace at CitizenM Tower Bridge to find out more. The start of a roadshow programme that will see Matt travelling the UK, I was lucky enough to try the menu which turned out to be healthy, contemporary British dining, a style which is becoming increasingly popular in London.
First up, a Vegan dish of cauliflower, satay sauce, ginger, lime and tamarind that Matt says is based on his most prominent blog post during Veganuary. Here’s a link to the original recipe – which looks delicious and a lot more substantial than the starter portion we enjoyed at CloudM. But then there was a lot more to come!
Next, the dish which Marcus Wareing described as the “best signature dish I have ever eaten on MasterChef”. Cod cheeks with spirulina, kale and wild garlic kombucha looked terribly healthy on the plate but actually tasted delicious!
I’m in good company with the Sea Bream, wild boar pancetta, morels and lake district moss, my favourite of the savoury dishes. The crispy skinned sea bream was perfectly cooked and I loved the scent of Lake District Moss. Dedicated to his late father and inspired by their shared love of the Lake District, it was utterly delicious.
I have to admit though, I really did enjoy the first of the two desserts – Raw Cacao with Jerusalem artichokes, nuts and caramel. It was a kind of healthy cheesecake! If someone had told me it had no calories I’d have been in heaven.
Finally, a caramelised miso souffle with kaffir and kefir sorbet.
I thought I’d recognised the cooking style but it wasn’t until partway through the meal that I realised Matt had trained with Simon Rogan at l’Eclume. I love the way that the essence of Simon’s style is still evident, but Matt has made it entirely his own with that focus on nutrition and healthy eating.
The London part of the roadshow is over now, but those of you living elsewhere in the UK are lucky as Matt is travelling the country over the next few months. So if you want to try for yourself, why not check out one of these events.
UPDATE – Matt sadly collapsed and died while fundraising for his father by running the London Marathon. RIP Matt Campbell 22 April 2018
UK ROADSHOW: Dates & Venues
MANCHESTER – APRIL 4th, 5th at Real Junk Food, Manchester
A four-course dinner using ‘intercepted foods’ in line with the Real Junk Food ethos whilst asking guests to “Pay what you feel”. Matt will be cooking with ingredients that would otherwise be wasted and given his signature healthy makeover.
4 courses ‘Pay what you feel’.
Tickets will be available shortly from http://www.realjunkfoodmanchester.co.uk
BRISTOL – May 2nd, 3rd at Box E, Bristol
A six-course vegan meal including Matt’s acclaimed vegan dessert and dishes developed during his participation in Veganuary. Box E is housed in a couple of shipping containers in Wapping Wharf Cargo 1.
6 courses £40 per person
Tickets will be available shortly from http://www.boxebristol.com
LEEDS – May 25th, 26th King St Social of no fixed abode.
£60 – 6 courses including snacks. Matt will be showcasing his “Nutritional Gastronomy” style.
6 courses £60 per person
Tickets and venue details will be available shortly from http://www.kingstreetsocialuk.com
But, I doubt you’ll find anywhere with such a splendid view as CloudM!
Disclosure: I dined as a guest of Matt Campbell